[WEBCAST] Creativity in the Time of CoronavirusVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Monday, 10th August, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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The coronavirus has changed life as we know it. Schools and offices are closed, museums and galleries are shuttered, we’re confined to our homes, and the future feels uncertain. So what role can the arts play during a global health crises? And why write at a time like this?
For one, we are living through history and our creative output could serve as witness to our era. Literature and the arts have often captured the temperature of a time, documenting collective human experiences, anxieties, and hopes. Furthermore, significant works, both literary and visual, have emerged from past crises and trauma. Could this pandemic lead to similar creative output?
In times of crisis, creative expression can also help us make sense of the world and our place in it. The power of literature and the arts, is the ability to provoke thought and explore some of the most controversial and polarising issues. In times of difficulty, of social injustice and unrest, art can amplifie important voices and messages. When future historians look back – on the essays, novels, music, and art that people are creating now – what may the story of life during this period look like?
The act of creating can be also deeply therapeutic. As the new normal is defined by bouts of isolation, and ‘social distancing’ is no longer an oxymoron, it allows us to communicate from afar. The drive to engage with literature and the arts, can also offer a sense of community, helping us feel connected across space and time. As we reflect on what’s happening in our lives, has creative expression fostered healing and mental well-being during this pandemic?
Join us for a conversation between journalist and author Pallavi Aiyar and graphic novelist and artist Sarnath Banerjee, as they discuss creativity during a global pandemic, and answer some of these questions.
This programme will be live-streamed on Zoom and Facebook. Viewers can post questions in the comments during the live stream.
An award winning journalist, Pallavi Aiyar has worked as a foreign correspondent for over 15 years, reporting from China, Europe, Indonesia and Japan. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and also serves on the WEF's Global Council on the Future of Media and Entertainment. She is the author of several books including the China-memoir: Smoke and Mirrors, the novel: Chinese Whiskers, an exploration of contemporary Europe's challenges: Punjabi Parmesan, and a parenting memoir: Babies and Bylines. Her book on Japan, Orienting: An Indian in China, will be published next year. Pallavi was a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University and is the youngest winner of the Prem Bhatia memorial prize for political reporting for her dispatches from China. Pallavi is currently based in Tokyo, from where she writes about Japan for Indian and international publications.
Sarnath Banerjee is a visual artist, an author of graphic fiction, and a publisher. His books include Doab Dil (2019), All Quiet in Vikaspuri (2015), Corridor (2004), The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers (2007), and The Harappa Files (2011). Banerjee’s illustrations and films have been exhibited internationally, including ‘Spectral Times’ at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in 2019, ‘I Got Ginger’ for the Frans-Hals Museum, Harlem in 2017, ’Liquid History of Vasco Da Gama’ for the Kochi Biennial in 2014, ‘The Poona Circle’ for the Pune Biennale in 2017, and ‘Gallery of Losers’ commissioned by the Frieze Foundation in 2012. Banerjee is co-founder of the award-winning publishing house Phantomville, and currently authors a fortnightly visual series, Phantomgarh for Mint.
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