Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) Presents:

1. Marie-Cécile Zinsou in Conversation with Kamini Sawhney

  • When: 6:30 PM (IST), 25 August 2021
  • Where: Online
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This session of MAP’s new series Director’s Cut features Marie-Cécile Zinsou, the President of the Fondation Zinsou, in conversation with the director of MAP, Kamini Sawhney. 

Fondation Zinsou was originally envisioned as a platform and exhibition centre for contemporary African artists, particularly those active in Benin’s art scene. By now its activities extend beyond the realm of art to include education and social development as well as the fight against poverty. Its accomplishments include the opening of an exhibition space in the city of Cotonou, six mini-libraries and a contemporary African art museum – Ouidah Museum.

The Director’s Cut series offers a glimpse into how the institution of the museum is being reimagined and reinvented today and presents a unique opportunity to hear from reputed practitioners in museums around the world as they reflect on their institutional experiences, behind-the-scenes challenges, unique initiatives and more.

2. Chai, Coffee & Conversations:

Stuart Freedman and Alana Hunt talk to Varun Nayar about exploring the social and political through the lens of the personal

Image credit: The Indian Coffee House, Kolkata, Photograph by Stuart Freedman
  • When: 6:00 PM (IST), 28 August 2021
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From masala chai to filter kaapi, India’s a country of tea and coffee lovers. Bringing a unique perspective to conversations around these beloved beverages, this session features photographers Stuart Freedman and Alana Hunt in conversation with MAP Academy’s lead editor, Varun Nayar. 

Stuart Freedman is the author of The Palaces of Memory: Tales From the Indian Coffee House, that includes photographs from more than thirty branches of the India Coffee House across the country, and presents a unique window into a transforming India and the everyday life of its patrons and bearers. Alana Hunt is the creator and author of Cups of Nun Chai, a photo series and book that unfolded over two years of tea and conversation with 118 people, in Australia, India and Kashmir, documenting personal narratives and turning into a memorial for those who were killed in the summer of 2010 in Kashmir. Examining these bodies of works, this event will explore the artists’ take on history, politics, change and conflict through the lens of the personal. 

This event is in collaboration with Bangalore International Centre (BIC).