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Workshop: Dalit Futures

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Alongside our current exhibition, Karuppu, join artist Osheen Siva for this free, in-person workshop rooted in Dalit history, focusing on the legacy of the Dalit Panthers.

This event utilises speculative fiction as a tool to explore a future in which multi-dimensional narratives are built, while being anchored through an anti-caste, anti-racist and intersectional feminist lens.

Things to note:

  • The workshop takes place from 11 am – 3.30 pm
  • You will receive some pre-reading materials for preparation of the workshop on Friday 26 April, this will be a document with a book chapter, video and visual materials.
  • Please make sure you can attend the workshop in person when booking.
  • Lunch will be provided. This workshop will take place in Bonington Gallery; when booking please inform us of any access and/or dietary requirements.

About the workshop:

During the workshop, we’ll look into the origins, history, legacy of the Dalit Panthers movement. Exploring how the call for action was manifested physically through art and design, through the means of newsletters, posters, typography, colours, and so on. In parallel, we also focus on the history of protest artworks throughout history such as the poster designs from the 70s punk movement, art practices of creatives like Keith Haring, Shiva Nallaperumal, Rajni Perera, Panther’s Paw Publications, and Octavia Butler amongst others.

With the knowledge of Dalit history and the universe of futurisms we’ll combine the two using speculative fiction to create our own empowering narratives. Using the Dalit Panther newsletter as the template, we speculate what the year 3000 would look like for the Dalit community.

This will be envisioned through:

  • news headlines at the time
  • comic strips
  • advertisements
  • artworks
  • classified calls
  • poems
  • posters