The Angadi Project

angadi project © Indu Antony

What if you could experience art in an angadi near you?

Announcing a unique intervention in our city: The Angadi Project, conceived and curated by Indu Antony, Bangalore-based and former bangaloREsident-Expanded artist. The Angadi Project (angadi means shop in Kannada) is a public art project that aims to create exposure, cross-pollinate and engage communities in civic dialogue using artistic interventions in a neighbourhood with wide economic disparity.

Chinmaya Mission Hospital Road (CMH Road) is an arterial two kilometre stretch that cuts across Indiranagar, a neighbourhood in Bangalore created in the '70s. It passes through a diverse socio-cultural and economic landscape which at one end houses outlets of international brands, cultural centres, supermarkets and bungalows, while the other is occupied by slums, road-side shrines, street vendors, seedy bars and one of the city’s oldest graveyards.

A cultural identity/citizenship is formed not just with legal membership but out of a sense of cultural belonging. Public spaces such as CMH Road can help nurture the more profound, subtle and inclusive sense of what it means to be part of a locality/neighbourhood. Urban landscapes are storehouses for social memories, because features such as houses, streets, buildings, shops and patterns of settlement frame the lives of many people and often outlast many lifetimes. For instance, the aroma of freshly ground coffee from Suma Coffee Works (est. 1979) and the distant sound of bells from the Smashana Kali Temple on Fridays create memories that engage many senses.

Public art helps ascertain these memories and exercise our right to consume these interventions. It reflects and reveals our society and adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. As one of the most democratic forms of art it engages citizens in conversations that can vary from understanding historical and cultural backgrounds, to driving attachment to place and social cohesion. By engaging in public art as a tool for growth and sustainability, communities can thrive economically.

The Angadi Project is seeking to commission six artists across various disciplines to engage and collaborate with each of the participating Angadis. Artists are encouraged to explore thoughts that draw parallels with these spaces.

Send via email to:
• Proposed work, title and short description (max. 200 words),medium
• Supporting photographs (if any)
• A short CV (max. 200 words)

Deadline to submit project proposals: March 8, 2020