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Chobi Mela ‘Shunno’ launches Translocal Solidarity Networks

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Chobi Mela ‘Shunno’ launches Translocal Solidarity Networks
Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s Director (left) and Tanzim Wahab, Director and Curator of Chobi Mela (right) speaking at the Chobi Mela (Shunno) event . Photo: Courtesy

The initiative Translocal Solidarity Networks was launched on the day four of the Chobi Mela ‘Shunno’ special edition which has dedicated one day to the theme 'Solidarity'.

This network will function as a participatory and self-critical hub for socially committed artists and cultural organisations across South Asia, said a press release.

The initiative’s partner consortium consists of Chobi Mela and Goethe-Institut offices across South Asia including Bangladesh, Kolkata, Chennai, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Tanzim Wahab, Chobi Mela’s festival director and curator, and Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s director, presented the concept of Translocal Solidarity Networks. They shared that the idea took shape while observing how socially engaged artists and cultural organisations frequently face challenges regarding the environment they work in and the structures they operate in. 

The initiative is looking into creating support structures for vulnerable cultural organisations and practitioners in South Asia.

“The project aspires to form a starting point for developing collective measures to address concerns of civil society, cultural institutions and socially committed artists,” shared Kirsten Hackenbroch.

Wahab and Hackenbroch emphasized the importance of safe spaces and the creation of tailor-made forums to foster discourse.

Further, the multilingualism of the region and its cultural scenes were mentioned as important factors.

Translocal Solidarity Networks strives to offer an open hub for people to join and claim their presence. An online platform will allow artist collectives, cultural policymakers, and art professionals to locate themselves and get involved. The platform will include comprehensive archives, free manuals, and guidelines.

On the topics of protection, equality, solidarity, and navigating in volatile environments, workshops and webinars will be facilitated.

Translocal Solidarity Networks is a new, self-critical initiative that thrives to transform into a dynamic movement of knowledge production for critical and socially motivated artist projects and inclusive cultural leadership.

BK

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