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Citizen’s Circle

Meenakshi Thirukode invites you to Citizen’s Circle, a public gathering, workshop, and collective dialogue in which Meenakshi invites participants to contemplate on ideas of citizenship and democracy. How does solidarity and allyship operate in times like these? What does it mean to participate in a democracy? This circle will prompt reflection on embracing discomfort, of sitting across from a fellow human, fostering a moment where we can talk, hold space for each other, and listen.

TIME calls this “The Ultimate Election Year’ with 64 countries (plus the European Union) going to the polls globally. That’s 49% of the combined population whose votes—amidst the backdrop of many resistance movements—will set the course of what democracy will look like in the future. Meenakshi is interested in the interconnectedness of the struggle for liberation, whether it’s combatting sexual violence or eradicating settler colonialism. How do these issues intertwine? Rooted in the idea of politics of love in India, this workshop recognizes that our freedoms are inseparable from one another, and that we must learn from each other’s perspectives in the pursuit for a better world.

Citizen’s Circle will include a brief discussion of the video work titled The Great Intangible: for the love of a politics of love (in two parts), which is being screened as a part of Outside the Soup. Please join us on Saturday 6 July for this special gathering!

This workshop is part of Outside the Soup, a group exhibition that emphasizes the potential of art to create new worldviews through radical imagination and artistic experimentation; placing care, solidarity, and trust at the forefront.

Citizen’s Circle is supported by The Polis Project. The visit of Meenakshi Thirukode is made possible by the International Visitors Programme of the Nieuwe Instituut with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Tickets are available via the Eventbrite page for the event.

Visual identity by Sheona Turnbull.