Govandi Arts Festival’s Artist Residency Programme Champions Local Art, Traditions And Stories
27 January 2023: In a bid to give creative expression to the stories, aspirations and lives of communities living in marginalized neighbourhoods, the Govandi Arts Festival’s Artist Residency Programme has brought together 3 Mumbai-based artists to create contextual, site-specific art. They have been working in Govandi for over three months and are creating art in the form of animation, crafts, ethnographic mapping and storytelling with the local residents. The Festival is being spearheaded by Community Design Agency (CDA) in India along with Lamplighter Arts CIC (UK) and Streets Reimagined (UK). The festival will culminate in an exhibition open to the public from 15-19 February 2023.
Artists in Residence whose works will be showcased at the festival include Jerry Antony, Nisha Nair Gupta, and Meera Goradia. Jerry is a storyteller and visual communicator with a master’s in Animation Film Design and his focus will be to explore the emotional and interpersonal relationships within the community through animation and storytelling. Meanwhile, Nisha Nair Gupta is an architect, urban researcher, and writer. Her residency project maps the people of a neighbourhood and brings forth their stories of belonging and becoming, creating an intimate reading and building a repository of stories for the community. And Meera Goradia, who has worked with artisanal sectors across India since 1989, is facilitating a documentation team to discover the richness of handwork in Govandi.
Commenting on the programme, Sandhya Naidu, Founder and Managing Director of Community Design Agency, said, “The artist residency programme will help showcase the richness and diversity of the talent and stories that thrive in Govandi and create a sense of belonging and pride in the community. Jerry, Nisha and Meera are extremely talented and intuitive artists and they’ve labored for many months, drawing inspiration from their surroundings to shine a light on the neighborhood through their creations. For us, the festival is not just an event, but a step towards empowering and celebrating the people of Govandi through the power of art and storytelling.”
The Govandi Art Festival has a robust arts-based framework focussed on building and showcasing the skills/talents of spatially/culturally marginalised communities through inclusive processes. Supported by the British Council, Govandi Arts Festival is part of the ‘India/UK Together, a Season of Culture’.