Alana Hunt and Kush Badhwar will discuss the exhibition Every Inch: the bureaucratic effect in colonisation, and it’s coming-together through engagement with different ‘sites’, connected to the artists’ lives in Australia and South Asia, that inform their work. Curated by Jasmin Stephens, the exhibition is currently showing at Cross Art Projects in Sydney, Australia, and the talk will consider the Projects’ gallery itself as a site of ongoing cultural activism within Sydney.
Alana will deliberate on the relationships and events that sparked her pursuit of forms of legislation that enable the expansion of colonisation in contemporary Australia. And why she prefers an approach to social practice grounded, not in formula, consultation and community, but in a more anarchic sense of relationships, conversation, intuition, and accountability.
Kush will discuss the construction of narrative and consensus in city-making through his work in the exhibition and ongoing engagement with the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport site and the city of Navi Mumbai.
Alana Hunt makes art and writes, mostly from Miriwoong Country in the north-west of Australia. Her life here and her long-standing relationship with South Asia shapes her engagement with the violence that results from the fragility of nations and the aspirations and failures of colonial dreams. Since 2010 Alana has been working on evolving iterations of Cups of nun chai, published by Yaarbal Books (2020). She is currently working on a long-term super 8mm film project.
Kush Badhwar is an artist and filmmaker operating across media, art, cinematic and other social contexts. He is interested in the ecology of sound and image across stretches of time and political change. He believes in the potential of research and collectivism. To this end, he has worked closely with wala, Word Sound Power, Frontyard Projects, Khanabadosh and CASP.
Respondent: Amrita Gupta (Art Historian and Co-director, CASP).
11th November, 2022 | 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm IST on Zoom | Open to all.