Sumona Chakravarty's work explores the role of art in society, testing its potential in transforming relationships between people, communities and the city. She is the Founder of Hamdasti, a Kolkata-based arts organisation, that connects artists to community spaces to collaboratively create engaged public domains. Sumona is a graduate of the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, and the Graduate School of Design Harvard University. She balances her time between Hamdasti, and Start Up! where she works to design programmes and processes for social entrepreneurs. She is an ARThinkSouthAsia Fellow (2014) and a Fellow at the Global Cultural Leaders Program (2017), hosted by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform of the European Union.
The Free Times Repository is a series of interactions initiated around Independence Day that will attempt to inject spaces of leisure and free time with a repository of cultural works that challenge our imagination of inclusion, diversity and discrimination. The project will bring together individuals from schools, residences, streets and work places around Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan to share texts, songs, bits of movement, and other works that have shaped our understanding of the limits of our inclusion. These interactions will spiral outwards as they are multiplied over and over again. Through this process we will build and remix a collection of cultural works, relocating them at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and spaces of leisure, waiting, and resting around the area to shape another imagination of our free times.