PEOPLE'S MUSIC: a reconstruction


28 April – 5 May 2018
C 340 Defence Colony, New Delhi
Curated by Sumangala Damodaran, Sudhanva Deshpande & Shaaz Ahmed


People’s Music, a sound and animation installation, was a project commissioned for Serendipity Arts Festival 2017. In a carryover of the project, the exhibition was recreated at C 340 Defence Colony as an exploration between the intersections of resistance, community and music, and included programming around the exhibition.

29 April, 2018

11am-4pm Constructing Art in Motion – Shaaz Ahmed
An interactive stop-motion demo-workshop by animator Shaaz Ahmed in his studio recreated at C340.

5pm Amitesh Grover in conversation with Sudhanva Deshpande

6.30pm Yeh Bhi Hinsa Hai – A play by Delhi-based street theatre group Jan Natya Manch on the many forms of violence against women 

Images courtesy Lumiere Project

THE STORYTELLERS: A Course Exploring Zines, Comics and Video


 This intensive programme marked the second edition of Serendipity Arts Foundation’s collaboration with the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA). It engaged with art practices that have histories of working outside the confines of the art gallery or related sanctioned ‘white cube’ spaces, seeking more direct and immediate contact with their audiences. Of particular interest were the ways artists are re-addressing and exploring the richness of audio-visual and graphic story as a self-sustained practice.

The second edition of this course was directed at giving students an insight into how artists turn to the city as a studio, mining various resources, and forming their own support structures. Each class was designed around the practice of the artist/filmmaker who conducted the session and provided triggers to young practitioners to experiment.  The emphasis through all the modules remained on exercises and explorations carried out by the participants.

The objective of this course was not just to explore the technical skills devised by the respective mentors/artists, but also to create an immersive environment of learning and peer sharing, and engage with the larger conceptual questions these practices throw up.


Himanshu Shetty, Sajad Malik and Sameera Jain

Images courtesy FICA 

Course Facilitator

Lokesh Khodke 

Participating Artists

Akshay Sethi, Tilothama Bhowmick, Khandakar Ohida, Priyesh Gothwal, Ankit Ravani, Yogesh Ramkrishna, Zeel Sanghvi, Maya Janine, Pavithra R, Rahul Kamalasan, Rohit Kumar, Sana Bansal, Vikrant Kano and Tahsin Akhtar



Cinema 340 was initiated in March 2018, and revolved around the basic notion of films-about-films. The primary fascination of such cinema has often revolved around mythologies of the director. At Cinema340 2018, SAF was interested in not only focusing on the established notion of the filmmaker-as-creator, but also in exploring the creation of a cinematic moment and the role that audiences, economies, landscapes, and spaces have had in shaping the culture of film in South Asia and the world. SAF was eager to uncover, for small, intimate gatherings every Friday, conversations around how cinema might have been influenced by the city, how the attributes of cinema spaces themselves have created specific viewing cultures, or how models of distribution have shaped access to film. Each film was selected by a facilitator who contextualised the work and created a platform for discussion.

Posters and social media posts created for Cinema 340

Screening & Discussion

Supermen of Malegaon
Director : Faiza Ahmad Khan
Language : Hindi
Duration : 1 hr 6 mins.

Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine) 
Director : Emilio Maille
Language : Multiple languages
Duration : 1 hr 36 mins
Post screening discussion with Babu Eshwar Prasad 

Miss Lovely
Director : Ashim Ahluwalia
Language : Hindi
Duration : 1 hr 50 mins
Post screening discussion with Ranjani Mazumdar 

Finding Vivian Maier
Director : John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
Language : English, French
Duration : 1hr  23 min
Post screening discussion with Sabeena Gadihoke



24 March 2018
Authors: Lukas Birk & Sean Foley
Published by: PIX Publishing/Mapin


Photo Pesahwar (PIX Publishing/Mapin) was launched at C 340 on Saturday 24 March 2018, with a conversation between one of the authors, Lukas Birk, and photographer and curator, Ram Rahman.

Photo Peshawar explores the culture of photography in the Pakistani frontier city of Peshawar from the 1940s to the present day.

About the Authors

Lukas Birk is an Austrian artist who exhibits regularly and organises visual-media workshops. He has set up artist-in-residency programs in China and Indonesia and organised networks of local artists to co-operate with those in his native Austria.

Sean Foley is an ethnographer from Ireland specialising in visual anthropology. He works as a researcher on art projects and has made ethnographic films on mortuary workers in India and tourism in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Lukas and Sean first collaborated by researching tourism in Afghanistan between 2005-2007. This collaboration resulted in the book and exhibition Kafkanistan.

Book launch invitation and images from the conversation between Lukas Birk & Ram Rahman.