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Colors of Rebellion: Art Against Caste Apartheid

  • einewelt haus Magdeburg 3 Schellingstraße Magdeburg, SA, 39104 Germany (map)

On the occasion of Dalit History Month and the 127th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the students of OvGU Magdeburg in collaboration with PoC Hochschulgruppe Magdeburg and Ambedkar Periyar Phule Network, Europe invite you to an art exhibition from the 19th April to 06th May, 2018 in EineWelt Haus, Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3, 39104 Magdeburg).

  • Exhibition dates: 19. Apr - 06 May 2018, in EineWelt Haus Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3-4, 39104 Magdeburg)

  • Exhibition Opening: 19. Apr 2018, 19:00 onwards with Ms. Thenmozhi Soundararajan from Equality Labs, USA

  • Open Discussion: 19. Apr 2018, 19:00 - 21:00 in EineWelt Haus Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3-4, 39104 Magdeburg) with Thenmozhi Soundararajan (Equality Labs, USA / Co-founder of Dalit History Month Initiative) on the topic "Dalit Movement in Modern India"

A short video will be screened wherein the Dalit Artists, whose artwork is on display talk about their artistic journey and inspiration. What it means to be a Dalit and woman artist. They also shed light on how their art intersects with their Dalit-ness, woman-ness. These artists share a common thread, their ‘Dalit-ness’. They are part of a powerful political history of activism. Dalits have for long articulated their rebelliousness against the upper caste domination through their unique artistic expressions, be it Dalit literature, poetry, and paintings. Their art subverts the hegemony, their art intersects and speaks volumes of multiple axes of social injustice and inequality. Be it gender, caste, religion, and class. Witness this long tradition that enriches and strengthens the community spirit.

The worst affected people due to the persistence of the caste system are the untouchables (unberührbare) who have chosen "Dalit" as nomenclature for themselves. "Dalit" means broken people, broken under caste but still determined to survive. Inspired by the Black Panthers movement in the United States of America, Dalits in Mumbai formed the Dalit Panthers organisation in the 1970s. The Dalit Panthers intervened in the most radical way and left their enduring imprints in literature and politics across the country. Like the social institution of race that oppress the Black people, Dalits too suffer in similar ways. We hope that this exhibition will give you a glimpse of the "other India".

The exhibition and discussion are open to everyone who wants to take part. We look forward to your questions, comments and participation.