IMMERSION: Into Dharavi, the Engine that Runs Mumbai

When 15 Oct 2011 - 6 Nov 2011
Where Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadow Corona Park
New York, NY 11368
United States
Enquiry 718 592 9700

Beehive #2, atop the Peter Pan Treehouse in Dharavi, Mumbai. Courtesy of Artefacting

October 15 – November 6 2011

Opening Presentation & Discussion: October 15, 2pm

Press Release:

“Artefacting Mumbai”, a three-month social immersion into Dharavi Mumbai, Asia’s largest slum, comes to the Queens Museum of Art. Photography, paintings, video, sculpture and sound exhibit the artistic and social work of an international art collective comprised of NYC based visual artist/urbanist Alex White Mazzarella, Portland based videographer Casey Nolan, Dutch photographer Arne de Knegt, and Bombay filmmakers Nishant Nayak and Parasher Baruah.

“Immersion” provides the viewer with a multi-media entry point into the “other side”; a Dharavi filled with positivity, tolerance and diverse identity.

Well documented and retold, is an art & community festival in Dharavi that brought in more than 500 outsiders into this “slum” to experience and interact with the residents and their homes. Testimony of visitors reveal them as they challenge their very own fears and negative stereotypes and locals as they explain how they worked with the Artefacting team, and what this invasion of outsiders meant to them.

This entire experience and the very artwork on exhibition on that day, is reassembled and presented as “Immersion”: paintings that express the tolerance and gap between the insider and outsider… photographs depicting Dharavi workers as fashion models.

Another chapter presented are video interviews of the local team displaced due to a Dharavi demolition. On July 7th 2011, the Bombay Municipal Corporation sent seven bulldozers and 1,000 policemen and officials to Dharavi to demolish approximately 300 homes and businesses, displacing thousands of residents in the heart of the recycling community.

In all 20 paintings, four monitors presenting more than 20 video shorts & segments, a slew of photographs, eviction notices, plastic chips and a buzzing beehive sculpture “Immerse” the viewer in Artefacting Mumbai.

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