|This Side Up, performance by Amarjit Bormudoi during the hokkorob protest march|
Performers independent and the Kolkata International Performance Art Festival have been aiming to engage with and open up the city as a site and as a carrier of political contestations. This avant-garde dream has been superseded by the recent developments in Kolkata, the burst of #hokkolorob. Hokkolorob, a student movement, emerged from a college campus and spread across the city, finding connections across age, class, gender and political positions. What makes #hokkolorob exciting for us is the new language of protest and performativity it offers. The movement has em(de)ployed forms, performative gestures and occupied spaces that have redefined and expanded the notions of contestation and creative possibilities in this metropolis.
We share this note with our fellow artists to bring about dialogues and responses.
on behalf of