PARTICIPANT / Madhushree Dutta

  • Name Madhushree Dutta
  • Country India
  • Vocation Not Available
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Madhusree Dutta  born in the industrial town of Jamshedpur, Jharkhand (then Bihar). She has studied Economics at Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Dramatics at National School of Drama, New Delhi. In 1987 Dutta shifted her base to Mumbai (called Bombay in 1987).

Dutta was jury in Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) Shorts in 2015 ; Feminale: International Women’s Film Festival, Cologne in 2006; Message to Man International Documentary Film Festival, St. Petersburg in 2001; and was chair person of the jury in International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala in 2009; and SIGNS Festival of Digital Videos in 2014. Her retrospectives were held in MIFF (Mumbai International Documentary Festival), 2018 Persistence Resistance Film Festival, Delhi in 2008; Madurai Film Festival in 2007; NGBK Gallery; Berlin in 2001.

Currently she lives in Cologne, Germany. She has joined as the Artistic Director of Akademie der Kunste der Welt  in Cologne since 2018.

Dutta has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award for documentaries in connection with the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) to be held from June 21 to 26.

Madhusree Dutta brought art practices, activism and pedagogy together in one platform as early as in 1990 when she curated EXPRESSION, the first feminist arts festival. The festival witnessed coming together of feminist scholars, women artists and women’s movement activists, and is regarded as a landmark in the history of feminism in India. Her works generally contemplates on gender construction, urban development, public arts and documentary practices. Most of her works are situated within a hybrid form engaging multiple genres and a provocative mixing of high art and low art. Her works often display a flamboyant mix of pedagogical, political and experimental indicating towards her multiple identities as political activist and avant garde artist. Some of the artists, across disciplines and practices, whom she has collaborated with are filmmaker Philip Scheffner [5] and photo artist Ines Schaber from Berlin, theater director Anuradha Kapur from Delhi, visual artist Nilima Sheikh from Baroda and Archana Hande and architect Rohan Shivkumar from Mumbai, playwright Malini Bhattacharya from Kolkata.

The same pursuit has also led to several digital archiving projects and pedagogical initiatives. One such project Godaam is available online in the free access site PADMA (Public Access Digital Media Archive).

Madhusree Dutta is a co-founder of Majlis (1990), an institution that works on cultural activism and women’s rights in Mumbai. She functioned as executive director of the institution till March 2016.She is also a founding member of Akademie Der Künste Der Welt (Academy of Arts of the World) in Cologne and member of the academic council of School of Environment & Architecture, Mumbai. She has been an active member of the women’s movement in India and the World Social Forum (WSF) process, and has made major contribution by producing, mobilizing and disseminating arts and artists for the movements.

On 5 October 2015 she participated in a nationwide movement spearheaded by the writers and filmmakers of India to protest against the cultural policy of the state and returned the National Awards as part of the protest.

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