Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) Presents:

1. Love at First Swipe

Ankit Vengurlekar, Dr Dhiren Borisa and Bishakha Datta discuss the evolving cultures of love, dating and digital intimacy.

  • When: 6:00 PM (IST), 24 July 2021
  • Where: Online
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Today, technology has changed the ways in which we meet, connect and fall in love. This conversation broadly explores the changing landscape of romance and intimacy in the digital age in India as a sociological phenomenon, examining the surge in usage of dating apps during the pandemic.

Ankit Vengurlekar (co-producer of the Love Aaj Kal podcast), Dr Dhiren Borisa (a Dalit queer activist, poet and urban sexual geographer) and Bishakha Datta (filmmaker, activist and co-founder and executive director of Point of View) discuss evolving modes of cosmopolitan desire and expression in India, and how individuals may be cultivating socially distanced dating etiquettes and more in this new environment.

2. Gruesome Grub

Andreas Ahrens, Director of the Disgusting Food Museum, in conversation with Shilpa Vijayakrishnan

  • When: 6:00 PM (IST), 26 July 2021
  • Where: Online
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What is the one thing you would be horrified to see served to you at a dinner party? What is the food combination you love that has raised some serious eyebrows? Challenging such notions of what is and isn’t edible, with an exhibit that has 80 of the world’s most ‘disgusting’ foods and tickets that double as barf bags, is the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden.

Join us for a conversation with its director, Andreas Ahrens, who speaks to Shilpa Vijayakrishnan about how the idea for the Museum came about, the qualifications for a ‘disgusting’ food, and the challenges of running a museum that boasts a tasting bar where some of the foods are made fresh every week. In the process, they explore how social and cultural contexts shape our perceptions of food, as delicious, strange, exotic and ‘disgusting’, and the politics of such perceptions.

Curated as part of the programming around the online exhibition Stories on a Banana Leaf.