Inner Lines: A Media and Art Event I January 16-19, 2008    

ITA Auditorium, Machkhowa, Guwahati


Curation note
26 °10′ 12 ″N, 91° 46′ 12 ″ E
Mriganka Madhukaillya

You cannot be an exile in your own Country. The trick is in the map, in the black line drawn around the edges, from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, the political boundary that curves around the open mouth of Gujarat and peaks at Kashmir, the thin neck that broadens out to the seven sisters surrounded by China, Burma and Bangladesh . This is the frame in which you must operate, the map hanging from the walls of dusty administrative offices, in schools and newsrooms, in atlases and encyclopaedias, ……..(Siddhartha Deb, The Point of Return, 2002,Picador)

Because of empire, all cultures are involved in one another; none is single and pure, all
are hybrid, heterogeneous, extraordinarily differentiated and unmonolithic. (Edward Said,
Culture and Imperialism)

The connection between art, identity and politics in the Asia-Pacific region is very close, but it is also strained by contradictory and mutually incompatible trajectories.The political and economic space of the Northeast is complex and dynamic. In contrast to the classical centre-periphery, national - subnational scheme of thought, a fresh attempt can be made by looking at something as imaginary as “Northeast India” for its own benefit by looking it as a interconnected network of tradition, violence, migration, history, politics & culture.
The curation of an exhibition in Northeast India not only motivates one to collect ideas, images and concepts, but also inaugurates newer ways of negotiating transnational imagination from Northeast India. In Northeast India, one identifies very easily with global conflict in spite of the “landlocked” status of its boundaries. The curation attempts to identify the hot spots of contemporary conflict, its dynamics and actors, its movement and the trajectories that depart from temporary uneasiness to the desire of building an alternative to one’s own situation. And a set of questions emerge: How to transform a map into a process of re signifying a territory and re articulating social movements? How to name a territory undergoing permanent transformation? How to situate new mechanisms of power, conflicts and emergent social subjects in a fragmented and  complex territory?

A visual exhibit consisting of curation of works:

1. Satomi matoba /Map of utopia (map)
2. Farhana Syeda/ teen pata ( photo series)
3. Bruce Allan/ box camera to digital ( photographs and video)
4. Desire machine collective/ note book on geography(ies)--video
5. William van schendel/ photographs with text
6. Temsu Long kumer /photographs
7. Andreas &Paullina/ 2*3 borders/3 channel video/ video
8. Panos Collective/photographs

Film Screening
a) Kwang zu son
DV(shot in 16mm), Experimental/Documentary, Color/B&W, Sound, 7:10

16mm, Experimental, B&W, Sound, 14 min.

c) Temporary Loss of Consciousness/ Monica Bhasin
Running Time: 35 Minutes /Year of Completion: 2005

d) Himalayan Monogatari/ Shaina Anand
Documentary 34 mins.video. Japanese with English subtitles

e) Aliyah/desire machine collective:
2006, DV/documentary/sound/colour/26 mins

f) PRAYERS FOR NEW GODS/ Moji Riba (2001)

g) The Lightning Testimonies/ Amar kanwar (2007)

Programme Schedule

January 16, 2008

1600-1730 hours: Opening of exhibition and Press conference – Main Auditorium

  • A S Panneerselvan, Director, Panos South Asia
  • Sanjib Baruah, IIT Guwahati
  • Mriganka Madhukaillya, Curator,Inner Lines

1730-2030 hours: Musical performances – Main Auditorium

  • Rattle and Hum, (Naga Traditional Music with Vocals)
  • Guru Rewben Mashangva, (Naga folk blues/indigenous instrumental)
  • Group from Arunachal (Blues fusion with Adi Shamanic chants)

January 17, 2008

1000 hours: Exhibition/installations open to public – Art Gallery and Lobby

1000-1200 hours:  Digital Borders: A workshop on Internet Literacy by Angad Chowdhry, (sacredmediacow.com) – Conference Hall

1000-1700 hours: Film Screening programme of Inner Lines– Main Auditorium

1400-1630 hours: Cultural Production in the Transnational Space in South and Southeast Asia: A Discussion (Moderator: Pooja Sood, Director, Khoj International artist workshop, New Delhi) – Conference Hall

  • Desire machine media collective, Guwahati
  • Visiting artists from Indonesia, France, UK, Bangladesh and India

1800-1930 hours: Northeast India and Transnational Neighbourhood – A Round Table Discussion. (Moderator: A S Panneerselvan) – Conference Hall

  • Sanjib Baruah, IIT Guwahati
  • Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam
  • Thant Myint-U

1930-2030 hours: Voices of Silence: A Mime Performance by Moinul Haque, Mime Academy – Main Auditorium

January 18, 2008

1000 hours: Exhibition/installations open to public – Art Gallery and Lobby

1000-1200 hours: Media and Borders: A Discussion (Moderator: A.S. Panneerselvan) – Conference Hall

  • Akum Longchari, Morung Foundation
  • Pradeep Phanjaobam, Editor, Imphal Free Press
  • Dilip Chandan, Editor, Asom Bani
  • Sanat Chakravarty and David Thangliana

1100-1700 hours: Film Screening programme of Inner Lines– Main Auditorium

1400-1600 hours: Artists Presentation Farhana Syeda, visiting artist – Conference Hall

Bruce Allan, visiting artist – Conference Hall

Zariyein, New Delhi - Conference Hall

January 19, 2008

1000-1300 hours: Exhibition/installations open to public – Art Gallery and Lobby

1000-1300 hours: Film Screening programme of Inner Lines– Main Auditorium

At 1300 hours, the event closes.




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