land(of)mine

The project revolves around the idea  of land in the city of Mumbai and its various declinations of territory, ground, soil, landscape, and heritage.
In particular, we will explore how notions of space and identity, borders and sharing, possession and cohesion, strife and solidarity, neglect and appropriation come to the surface in the city’s everyday life and define its social environment.

Within the anarchic and uncontrolled growth of a city that has outgrown itself, land becomes a Pandora’s Box of an intertwined web of social, economic, urban and environmental issues:
•    Reclamation, erosion of beaches and scaling of natural forests and open spaces
•    Migrations, encroachments and over-population
•    Housing, real estate and property prices
•    Non-developmental zones, Special Economic Zones, rehabilitation projects, infrastructure and transportation.

The city, its development and future appears hopeless. Yet what remains fascinating are its people and the “networks of assistance” – as Suketu Mehta puts it – become its driving force, its backbone. Through installations, urban interventions and performances, a group of 10 artists – Mansi Bhatt, Tushar Joag, Pradeep Mishra, Justin Ponmany, Prajakta Potnis, Sharmila Samant, Vijay Sekhon, Uday Shanbhag, Anupam Singh, Hema Upadhyay – will explore this point of intersection between the vertical development of urban structures and the horizontal expansion of social relations.

The art project, produced and curated by ArtO2 & the Mohile Parikh Centre, will take place from 7 to 15 January 2012. Along with the artistic interventions, a series of on-site activities will take place. The detailed program will be posted soon.