About Sambhaavnaa Institute
The Sambhaavnaa Institute of Public Policy and Politics is an alternative learning and living space for those concerned with social and political change.
Nestled in the village of Kandwari, in the lap of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges of Himachal Pradesh, Sambhaavnaa’s primary objective has been to nurture value-based leadership by encouraging individuals, especially the youth, to discuss and develop a critical perspective on the ideals and ideas that define a just society.
About reFrame Institute
reFrame is an initiative that produces, mentors, and disseminates artistic efforts that respond to contemporary social and political challenges.
reFrame aims to set in motion an opposing dynamic: of expanding the ambit of creative work, with the making of connected but distinct creative outputs that they hope will complement, complicate and energize each other.
Objective of the Workshop
The central idea of the workshop is to explore and engage with the idea of using art for the articulation of political visions and lived realities, as well as a means of generating dialogue and fostering social change, with a focus on gender and its diverse and complex intersections.
Towards this end, the workshop will have multiple sessions that:
- Unpack gender, the gender binary, its implicit and explicit hierarchies, and implications on everyday life and living.
- Recognize the complex interplay of gender, sexuality, caste, class, religion, ethnicity, and dis/ability.
- Discover art as a medium of articulating, confronting, or exposing issues that concern us, and our alternative imaginations of the world.
- Create opportunities to make artworks in the medium of your choice to initiate dialogue and debate amongst each other, as a first step towards finding your artistic voice and language.
- The Workshop Design
- The workshop is planned as a series of interactive sessions designed to speak through, learn from, and help understand/appreciate works of art created by various artists of multiple locations and gender identities.
- Using artworks across diverse media as the primary pedagogical materials, the workshop will help participants unravel and understand questions around gender, gender, and marginalities such as religion, caste and disabilities, gender and labor, and gender in relation to the state.
- Using works as varied as film and digital performances, illustrated tales and podcasts, mixed media installations, and more, the workshop will also involve exercises in ‘making art’ for each participant.
- In preparation, participants will receive some reading materials, and be asked to bring some objects/images/sounds/foods/etc from their own life and location around which they may create and generate their own discussions.
It is open to all who may or may not see themselves as artists but are interested in creating and using art for social change. Participants could include those involved in social movements, political/cultural organizations, societies, students, and trainers. Those with a basic understanding of, or at least a definitive interest in understanding gender and intersectionalities, will be given preference.
Medium of Instruction
English and Hindi.
How to Register?
Interested applicants may register through the link provided at the end of the post.
- Individual: 6000.
- Institutional: 8000.
Note: They hope that participants would contribute the amount towards workshop expenses, inclusive of all on-site workshop costs: food, accommodation, and all the materials used in the workshop. Travel of participants will have to be borne by the organization/the participants.
The workshop is conceived and developed by members of reFrame. A team of professionals from the worlds of art, documentary, and experimental films, research, programming, and commissioning of art and artworks across media.
The team comprises Tulika Srivastava, Ridhima Mehra, and Neeharika Sreedhar, and is led by Vani Subramanian – a feminist activist, documentary filmmaker, and mixed media artist. Vani’s documentary films have been screened and received awards, both nationally and internationally.
October 30 – November 2, 2023.