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Food and Community

Footsteps – mapping the journey of migration food
The ongoing project ‘Museum of Food, A Living Heritage’ (launched December 2017) brings together multiple food practices in a common space through the simple, yet layered act of cooking located in the neighbourhood of an Urban Village in South Delhi.
The focus of the project is to explore the histories of cuisines, ingredients and tools that people carry with them. The informal and formal dialogues with food as a site of interaction among peoples unravel the complexities of social life, displacement, memory, leisure, and gendered experiences, which has possibilities that demystify the idea of nostalgia.

Sreejata Roy
Sreejata Roy is a visual artist and part of Revue (an artist collective Sreejata Roy & Mrityunajy Chatterjee). Her M.Phil. (Overseas Research Scholarship) study was in media art at the Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry University, UK, 2005.
Roy’s present practice involves working for over a decade with young women/women from different disenfranchised communities through a variety of forms of art practices connecting the ideas of public spaces in the low-income colonies and night shelters in New Delhi. Presently Roy is working on a project focused on gender-art-public spaces for the last several years in an urban village, Delhi, funded by Khoj International Artists Association and more latterly by Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi.
She has been awarded with a ‘Public Art’ grant 2008 from FICA (Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art) Delhi and completed reshaping a community park in one of those low-income colonies. The Park project from India was selected for final jury in International Public Art Award in 2015. She has been awarded other prestigious scholarships in India and abroad and has participated in many exhibitions, residencies and workshops at national and international level.
Presently she is pursuing her doctoral study (practice-based research) in the area of Socially Engaged Art at the Department of Building, Architecture & Design, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. The study is titled ‘Reclaiming space in public through creative endeavour’.

1Shantiroad Cookbook
From childhood experiences of food, family and sharing, coupled with a love for art and the desire to welcome the world, came the beginnings of something quite wonderful. Suresh will speak of the development of Shanthiroad Artist Residency and the food culture in the space and then the making of the book he edited.
“The 1Shanthiroad Cookbook brings together a collection of recipes from the community kitchen of 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery. Featuring recipes from over 70 contributors, including artists, curators, patrons, residents, and the extended family of friends of 1Shanthiroad, the cookbook serves as a portrait of an evolving cultural community. The cookbook frames the kitchen as integral to the site and function of the space, mapping recipes across generations, cultures, and timelines, while anchoring itself in the cultural history of the wider city.” Reliable Copy, Bangalore.

Suresh Jayaram
Suresh Jayaram is an artist, art historian, arts administrator and curator from Bangalore. He is the Founder Director of Visual Art Collective/1Shantiroad Studio, an international artist’s residency and alternative art space in Bangalore, India.
He is currently involved in art practice, urban mapping, archiving, curation, and arts education. His keen interest in environmental and urban developmental issues influences his work.


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26 September, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEST
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