Curating for Culture

The primary themes under which Curating for Culture strives to further its work across areas of cultural preservation, creative interpretation, and community engagement are (but are not limited to):

a life in the day of an archivist/curator, beyond the institutional narratives, empowering the local and South Asia/India in the archives.

We are a collective. We are also many diverse individuals. We are passionate about cultural issues and creativity is our hack. Our work ranges from community engagement in regional settlements, exercises in historical and cultural preservation, taking up institutional responsibilities, engaging in constructive activism to designing responses and facilitating public appreciation in urban settings for creative exchanges.

Parallel efforts concerned with material, aesthetic, and historical meaning-making include the preservation practices of the Dhaka Urban Study Group and Bombaywall Historical Works; the transnational digital Asia Art Archive: the archiving, curatorial and library science initiatives of Jackfruit Research and Design and Curating for Culture; and the ephemeral festivals aiming to capture the creative gestalt, from Lahore to Dhaka to Panaji. These endeavors, to name only a few, have shaped and opened the architectural archive in order to grow South Asian narratives of the modern.

- Dr. Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Introduction: Architecture as a Form of Knowledge, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Volume 40, Number 3, December 2020, pp. 495-506 (Article). Published by Duke University Press.


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