“If the High Court’s order to regularise pourakarmikas isn’t implemented, and the minimum wages aren’t increased, we will launch a struggle outside the Vidhana Soudha,” said Balan, president of the All India Central Council of Trade Unions. “There is no need to be afraid of going to jail for demanding basic rights.”
I have thought about writing this for quite a long time not knowing how to do it. The recent protests at Tate Modern brings new hope about solidarities amongst women, solidarities amongst artists and most importantly a questioning of institutions that engage in silences erasing women’s histories of violence.
This protest existed in many spaces. We are angry at the way the art institution lets down women artists, artists of colour, queer artists, non binary artists and trans artists by staying silent over violence against our bodies. We are angry at the erasure of these marginalised bodies from archives, and the lack of justice we constantly suffer.
We were also angry that the death of a woman of colour is deemed so unimportant it has no repercussions for the man who allegedly killed her.
Written powerfully by Liv Wynter, Continue reading
One of the questions that has come to define the discourse around the privatisation of Venkatappa Art Gallery has been the lack of funding, the inability of GoK to run it without money and the promise of the flood of plush private funds. An examination of the annual reports of the Department of Museums and Archeology and related documents paint a completely different picture. A picture that will change some of the questions that have been imposed on to those protesting this take over and tell us more about what is actually happening in the name of PPP.
During the year 2014-15, the Department of Museum and Archaeology was allocated a budget of 65 crores. Out of this they managed to spend only 43.80 crores leaving an unutilised surplus of 21.20 crores. Within the overall spending, the department, has managed to spend only 40.63 lakhs on development of Venkatappa Art Gallery in 2014-15 and 1.97 lakhs in 2013-14 with none specified in 2012-2013. Continue reading
This blog post continues the work I have been doing around researching on the handing over of Venkatappa Art Gallery to Tasveer Foundation. Looking through the annual reports of the three financial years of Museums and Archaeology, these are some of the findings: