Converging the notions of identity, social justice and mutual aid, Assam-origin and Brooklyn-based producer Jitwam along with culture writer Dhruva Balram is helminga creative community and collaborative platform for South Asian artists, chalo.
“A love letter to the brown diaspora,” as Jitwam describes it, the multi-disciplinary project aims to unite more than cultures, at a time when art exchanges between India and Pakistan are waning due to cross-border tension and censorship. The onus to recreate this sort of synergy then falls on curators who can distance themselves from the iron grip. “This is exactly why we created chalo,” London-based Balram tells A Humming Heart, “and why I believe we could make this work. I’d like to think we are the missing link, existing outside of borders and putting up a front against overwhelming authoritarianism,” he adds.
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