A lecture-performance by Pankaj Tiwari based on his multi-day, 348 km long performative walk together with co-creator Abhishek Thapar. The artists walked from Amsterdam (NL) to refugee camp Calais (FR), 13 days during which they crossed three countries (Netherlands, Belgium, France) documenting the trip in visuals and poems. In this lecture performance, Pankaj shares their experiences of the walk through stories, reflections, audio-video documentation and reflect on their position as migrant artists in Europe.
The Art of Walking: a lecture-performance raises awareness in Europe and beyond about the ongoing struggle of migrant labourers displaced after the COVID-19 lockdown in India. After COVID-19 broke out in India the ruling dispensation implemented a hasty, inconsiderate and strict lockdown across the Indian state without giving any substantial thought about its impact on the precarious working class communities. A tragic fallout of the irresponsible implementation of the strict lockdown was the pushing over the edge of the migrant worker communities across india. The lockdown, in a matter of hours, resulted in a jolting halt to the economy and many daily wage laborers and other precarious workers were rendered jobless, moneyless, food less and under the fear of contracting COVID. In such a desperate situation, the migrant workers who were living in large cities were left with no choice but to turn towards their homes in remote villages and small towns. Trains, buses or other public transport was suspended. The streets were barricaded and under a curfew. Millions of workers took to the streets and started walking towards their villages and towns with their children, families and a few belongings. These distances were from 300 to 2200 km. Few died on the way, few lost their children, few got killed by a train, few survived to reach home.
This lecture performance is a reflection, interaction, sharing and imagination. The performance also includes stories of solidarity, exhaustion, energy, pain and drains from the diary notes of the walk.
Note: limited space, first come first serve.
COVID-19 Info: Mandatory mask, distance may not be maintained. Contact tracing via ticketing.