Mobile Mohalla

Duration: 2016-Present

Supported by: Kiran Nadar Museum of Arts, New Delhi

As a continuation of the project Networks & Neighborhoods we extended the dialogue around gender, space and mobility.

The project engages residents of the adjacent localities of Khirki and Hauz Rani, two urban villages in south Delhi. The long-term goal was to examine how art interventions can mobilize women from different backgrounds to create their own public spaces within the male-dominated space of the neighbourhood. It was a challenge to find project participants within a patriarchal culture where gender segregation is the informal norm and women in general have little public visibility/are restricted to their own private spheres.

Through creative processes, the project attempts to build dialogue within the group and across the communities. The magazine ‘Mulaqat’ plays a central role in the research framework of the project. A group of young adults from the locality known as “Khirkee Collective” is the core group working with Revue in this project. They are the creator and the researcher communicating with several groups of communities in the locality to develop contents and navigate the creative journey of the project. A blog is created to share the stories from the magazine on the internet. (www.mulaqat.net)

Wall paintings, public performances of magazine reading along with other creative productions like postcards, stickers, flipbooks, storyboard etc. are part of this project.

Another practice in the project Mobile Mohalla is map-making. Visual maps were drawn of different journeys, of desires, of happiness, and of sadness and many more. Maps were drawn on the papers or on the walls of temporary rooms. Many Khirki-Hauz Rani lived in those lines, lanes, and colours. Those maps contour everydayness.

Paintings

Map making