reFrame Institute of Art and Expression is a new initiative that intends to produce, mentor and disseminate artistic efforts that respond to contemporary challenges. At a time when space for free thinking and expression in India is diminishing dramatically, reFrame aims to set in motion an opposing dynamic: of expanding the ambit of creative work, with the making of connected but distinct creative outputs that we hope will complement, complicate and energise each other.
Celebrating the collective energies of diverse art/s and artists, we aim to activate dialogues across disciplines, platforms and practices. We will facilitate deliberations on critical social questions and carry forward public culture projects, pedagogical initiatives, festivals and other interactive programmes that strengthen the voices of independent art and artists of our times.
reFrame has been conceptualised and initiated by feminist activist, documentary filmmaker and mixed media artist, Vani Subramanian. As Creative Director, she leads an experienced group of professionals from the worlds of art, film, curation and commissioning to carry forward their shared vision of creating a space that fosters deep and meaningful connections with and through the arts.
THE ADVISORY TEAM
The reFrame team is strengthened by an eminent set of intellectuals from the fields of film, art, installation, writing, animation, programming, cultural practice, theory and activism. As advisors, each of them brings to reFrame their unique vision, experience and perspectives to help reFrame evolve into a creative hub for art practice and discourse, ideation, critique and management.
Chayanika Shah. Queer feminist researcher, teacher and activist.
Hemlata Mahishwar. Writer, women and Dalit rights’ activist, founder-member
Akhil Bharatiya Dalit Lekhika Manch.
Madhusree Dutta. Filmmaker and curator.
Maya Krishna Rao. Theatre maker, performer and teacher.
Sabika Abbas. Performative poet, alternative educator and gender rights' activist.
Sitara Chowfla. Curator, researcher and writer.