is a one-of-its-kind-annual festival held in Bangalore, India, that showcases new works of art that re-examine and re-imagine the spectrum that is gender.
What started as a platform to display the works of the grantees, has over the last eight years, grown into a much needed and recognised space for important conversations that aim to contribute to our constantly evolving understanding of gender and its implications, including the need for intersectionality, with artists and audiences alike.
The festival showcases works created by the grantees, and also includes curated performances, panel discussions, exhibitions and workshops.
We invite applications from individuals and collectives working in the field of arts to create new and original work around the idea of gender. You are encouraged to approach this theme in a critical way, in relation to your own perspective. The artistic contributions can take any form of expression across different media - from dance to drawing, from photography to pottery, mixed media to mime, and everything in-between, so long as it is new work that can be presented, performed, screened, or exhibited to an audience.
Gender Bender 2022 grant
includes a maximum grant amount of INR 75,000
towards the creation of the work, awarded at the discretion of the panel with due reference to the proposal and budget submitted.
An independent panel, comprising eminent individuals from various fields shortlists the projects to be supported. This year's jury members
were: Abhishek Anicca
, Sabika Abbas
, Sarovar Zaidi
and Siddhesh Gautam
Gender Bender 2022 Grantees
Mridul Kanti Goshami
Revival Disability India
The Bitter Feminists (by Tej & Apu)
The projects develpoed by the grantees will be presented in Bangalore between December 6 and 11, 2022
at the Bangalore International Centre
is a joint project of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
and Sandbox Collective
and is conceived, conceptualised, and curated by Sandbox Collective
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