Serendipity Arts Foundation Along With Harper Collins India All Set To Promote Writing In South Asia

The foundation has multiple initiatives throughout the year, including residencies, grants and its flagship multi-disciplinary arts initiative the Serendipity Arts Festival.

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Serendipity Arts Foundation, India in association with HarperCollins Publishers India is all set to release a series of long-form essays about select projects from the 2019 edition of Serendipity Arts Festival, one of India’s biggest multi-disciplinary art initiatives, under the series title ‘Projects / Processes’.

Serendipity Arts Foundation, founded in 2014 by Sunil Kant Munjal, is an initiative to encourage creativity from the South Asia region to thrive and find a voice – in all its forms, transcending socio-cultural and economic barriers. The foundation has multiple initiatives throughout the year, including residencies, grants and its flagship multi-disciplinary arts initiative the Serendipity Arts Festival. In 2017, the foundation started chronicling and publishing its various projects through commissioned research essays, long-form writing, and in-depth criticism exploring the ideas and processes behind select curatorial projects at Serendipity Arts Festival. The research work, done independently by the foundation, culminated in a series of essays called Projects / Processes’.

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In order to support and promote art and writing in the arts, the foundation has joined hands with HarperCollins Publishers India, who will publish and distribute the series across the world.

On the occasion, Ms. Smriti Rajgarhia, Director, Serendipity Arts Foundation, said, 

Projects/Processes are an integral part of the Festival, supporting art writing which is informed by research and dialogue. The essays lend critical perspectives to projects showcased at Serendipity and are a step towards making art criticism diverse and accessible. We are very proud to be associated with HarperDesign, the exciting new imprint dedicated to art and design by HarperCollins India, and look forward to taking Projects/Processes to new audiences.

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The five volumes are titled The Personal is Political: Photo, Film & Performance Archives; Experiments in Performing Art; Continued Traditions & Histories of Performing Art; Explorations of the Contemporary; and Other Everydays. Each book comprises essays covering distinct projects that resonate with each other, through the questions they raise and the thematic landscape they cover. Writers include — Akhila Vimal C., Amitava Sanyal, Bharathy Singaravel, Kamayani Sharma, Maya Palit, Meenakshi Thirukode, Mila Samdub, Rahaab Allana, Ranjana Dave, Rose Merin, Sabeena Gadihoke, Senjuti Mukherjee, Skye Arundhati Thomas, Trina Nileena Banerjee and Vivek Menezes.

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