Voices from the Margins

Friday 29 June 2018, 6pm onwards at Khoj Studios

At a moment when geographies are being altered by virtual networks and interactions, its influence on our consumption of native and foreign cultures is shaping our heritage and identity. In the same virtual space, youths from neighbourhoods in New Mexico (USA) and New Delhi (India) are collaborating to explore the formations of cultural heritage and cultural identity, understanding the ways in which cultural inheritance plays a role in their individual lives. Voices from the Margins is a community arts initiative by Khoj and Global One to One (USA), supported by World Learning (USA) as a part of their ongoing global project Communities Connecting Heritage, aiming to preserve and promote mutual appreciation of cultural heritage by creating a network of youth representatives from diverse communities using creative forms of expression to tell their stories.

While the teams from both cities have different stories, the results of the exploration and the nature of insights gained in every virtual interaction are rooted in similar experiences and values which do not find their expression in narrow interpretations of self preservation and sociality. This is a collective attempt at redefining cultural identity and cultural heritage in the making.

The project has consisted of four months of virtual exchange and two weeks of in-person exchange in which youth from Albuquerque, New Mexico visited Delhi and interacted with their counterparts here, to explore cultural heritage and identity through essays, visual art, music and other forms of dialogue. Following a two-week in-person exchange at Khoj Studios, the takeaways and realisations arrived at through the duration of this project culminate and manifest in a multimedia display on 29 June 2018.

Communities Connecting Heritage (SM) is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that is administered by World Learning.

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