Guest Lecture - Ashoka University, Department of International Relations
"The Image in Art: On Invisibility, Expression and Collective Identity"
Abstract: In a world full of noise, art provides spaces for silence and introspection; to critically examine the systems and structures we live in and find deeper related meaning in each other. This talk explores art as a unifying and collective language, reflecting an artist’s role in society and what it means to challenge, express and create against rising authoritarian times. Drawing from documentation, visuals and research from a yearlong thesis project Essentially Normal Studies introduces issues of invisibility around hidden illness and disability, within spaces that mediate between art, identity, and the ethics of healthcare. The project explores the significance of social messaging through the images absorbed around us, and how these play on our collective conditioning and normative categorizations of identity.
Visiting Artist Presentation, American Embassy School, Delhi
Keynote speaker at MYOPAIN India 2018
"Art, Invisibility and Disability: a Fibromyalgia Patient’s Perspective"
Presented research and artwork from a 9 month thesis project ‘Essentially Normally Studies’ at MYOPAIN 2018 : an international medical conference organized by the Indian MYOPAIN Society, a chapter of the International MYOPAIN Society. The conference was attended by global medical and healthcare professionals in the field, in Bangalore.