Introducing KIPAF

PERFORMERS iNDEPENDENT (Pi) was an independent artists' collective, experimenting and exploring the traditional, modernist and contemporary spaces in the cultural paradigm. The Kolkata International Performance Art Festival was initiated by Pi in 2012 to annually open up the city of Kolkata to diverse traditions of performance, performitivty and interventions. Since then Pi has got fragmented but KIPAF has taken deeper roots.

The festival aims to be a platform for dialogue between site, art, politics and culture. KIPAF acknowledges the nascent nature of Performance Art in India, and will always play a role in the pedagogy of performance art.
The festival is be held between 23rd-26th January every year.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Making Postion Clear - #kipaf16

Please find below a mail Rahul B. had sent out in the afternoon on behalf on Performers independent sitting in font of us with our concents.

As every body is aware that we had a general body meeting on 19th august 2015 and
six of the registered group of eleven members (Performers independent (Registered under West Bengal Act XXVI of 1961 NO S/1L/96269 of   2012-13). In the meeting direction towards next 
kipaf was discussed and how could we possibly open up partnering the other organizations and keep the core of kipaf independent.In the meeting we are also discussed how group
member are personally attacked + victimized and need of our group to resolved.
(we have minutes and audio recording of that meeting)
Also one or two members of a group are proposing a local national bifurcation. We all
rejected this kind of polarazation politics.However on the next day one or two of our
members incollaboration with many who not even registered member of Pi hijacked the 
Pi gmail account and finalize a deal with Art Room to take 1.5lacs rupee as funding core programming of kipaf.
They also refused to keep some other bank account and such other issues.Initially we are
angry and thought about legal steps but law is not the language of an artist.That's why 5members(Tapati Chowdhury -Rahul Bhattacharaya - Ankur Das - Anirban Datta - Chimuk) of Pi decided to continuing doing kipaf in the way it normally done.It's small budget festival
conceptualize your own body mode and interested to exploring hospitality and everyday life. Some individual who have been very closed to Pi like Sreemoy chowdhury , Suman Majumdar , Samudra kajal Saikia have been closely involve in kipaf16 effort. Some other members like Santosh Kumar Shakinala ,Amitabha Adhikhari , Rudra kishor Mondal and Mom Bhattacharaya assumed the zone of neutrality.
we also decided that we will not stopped Art Room funded Kipaf happening or do any negative campaign about it.
But today Art Room Kipaf has launched a personal attacked on Rahul Bhattacharaya and falsely occupied the legal position who are even regular member of Pi . It is a very sad situation between a collaborative to be happen.We still believe that they will see the senses and respect the true artistic charter of Pi.
Please read the letter below to see our official stance.  

Dear Friends of KIPAF,

We are happy to share with you the KIPAF16 call for proposals.

this year we will be exploring the concept metaphors of  intimacy | violence | hospitality | city | art | performance and authorship

We want to initiate workshops leading up to kipaf16. Our plan is to host 6 artists to lead this workshop over 3 days. 
sharing the KIPAF16 launch poster so that you can please circulate.  also the hashtag for the festival is #kipaf16.

We have been trying to keep the core festival independent and to explore alternative modes of fund raising | Some members of Pi are taking capital investment into KIPAF and planning a parallel festival.  
We are trying to continue with the idea of keeping core programming of KIPAF outside realms of corporate and NGO capital .


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