• Comic from Chaitanya Modak’s Dharavi Biennale workshop posted on the streets of Kumbharwada, Mumbai, June 2013.

    Dharavi Biennale

    Various Venues

    February 15–March 7, 2015

    Curated by Nayreen Daruwalla and David Osrin

    Dedicated to the improvement of women’s and children’s health in Mumbai’s informal settlements, the Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action, an NGO, has over the past two years organized workshops and exhibitions pairing Dharavi residents with mentor artists and health advocates under the auspices of the Dharavi Biennale. The project is not only SNEHA’s biggest art endeavor to date; it is one of the largest ever art-activism enterprises in a country teeming with such activity. This resulting exhibition, titled “Alley Galli Biennale,” will feature the products of more than fifteen workshops (led by artist Chaitanya Modak, writer Jeet Thayil, and filmmaker Ram Devineni, among others), including comics about sanitation problems and domestic violence, assemblages of recycled waste, and a cookbook comparing disparate ideas of nutrition within Dharavi’s compressed multicultural community.