Ten-Second Takeaway

With a curated lineup of artists presenting puppetry, holographic installations, plays and illustrations, Gender Bender 2016 attempts to reimagine the ideas of gender and gender equality.

Breaking Stereotypes

Ever wondered if art can reinterpret gender? Well, the folks behind Gender Bender certainly have given it more than just a thought. Which is probably why they started off with it last year. Back for its second edition this year, the gender-specific arts project by Sandbox Collective {a city-based artists’ collective} and Goethe Institut is co-curated by the feminist magazine, The Ladies Finger.

Bringing together innovative and fresh ideas to redefine the concepts of gender and gender equality, the two-day event includes everything from plays and performances to installations. All that you see are projects individually designed by a lineup of 12 artists {from across the country and even one from the US} who were shortlisted from over 100 entries by an independent panel.

On The Cards

Varun Narain's Photosynthesis by Moonlight

Varun Narain’s Photosynthesis by Moonlight

We’re definitely hoping to watch Varun Narain’s {Delhi-based puppeteer} Photosynthesis by Moonlight. Described as an adult enactment with puppetry, it depicts a conservatory where plants have a more human side. Revelations XX, a project by Padmini Ray Murray {an academic at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology}, uses holographs and projections on smoke to metaphorically portray the often unseen histories of influential women in the country.

Look out for doctoral candidate, Morgan Campbell’s project which puts the spotlight on women bus conductors in the city with a video and sound installation. Also on the schedule are programmes like a dance performance by Diya Naidu, and visual essays and illustrations by Kadak {a collective of South Asian women who work with graphic storytelling}.

When: Saturday-Sunday, September 3-4

Where: Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage

Price: Free entry

Timings: 5pm onwards

Find the event on Facebook here.

Feature Photo: Diya Naidu