Workshop Dalit Art Archive

Dalit Art Archive © Aroh Akunth

26.03., 27.03. and 08.04.2020

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

A project by Aroh Akunth

Dalit Art Archive is a community archive that seeks to document histories of Caste and Art from the perspectives of Dalit individuals. In its current form, the archive seeks to build a repository of community knowledge via sourcing works which focus on, but are not limited to: caste-based art forms, manifestations of caste in the arts sector, experiences/barriers of caste in the arts sector, art appreciation/critique of an art piece/artist, interviews with Dalit Artists/Community Historians/ Art Experts in the form of articles, photo essays, digital stories, academic papers or podcasts.

This project will be developed through three workshops on archiving skills such as Oral Methods, Digital Storytelling, and Community History/Knowledge for participants who seek to realize their contributions to the archive. The workshops will culminate into a public display of a variety of artworks and an open discussion on the findings of the workshops. The aim of this project is to create a digital archive which will only expand with time.

The final presentation of the works and the open discussion will be on Wednesday, 8 April 2020 from 6:30 pm.
  • Workshop 1: Thursday, 26 March 2020
  • Workshop 2: Friday, 27 March 2020
  • Workshop 3 and presentation: Wednesday, 8 April 2020
To participate in the workshop, please write to

Aroh Akunth have done their Bachelor’s in Social Sciences from Ambedkar University Delhi. They went on to pursue Criminology at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and are currently doing their Masters’ in Modern Indian Studies from the University of Göttingen, Germany. Akunth is an upcoming cultural practitioner, they curated the Dalit Art Festival (Delhi) and Bahujan Art Festival (Mumbai) in 2018. They are the founder and current curator of the Dalit Queer Project, which deals with generating communities around caste and queerness in virtual and physical spaces. Their ongoing work in theatre-making and writing seeks to emulate their lived experiences in different ecosystems.