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"It started with the body. The body—sore and bruised from working on the docks from dawn to dusk—was washed and restored here. Over the past hundred years, the bath house has been transformed into a monument containing an art space. It is here, now, that we understand the body to be a proxy of the celestial body that is our planet. Hidden in plain sight, the slow, all-consuming grind that establishes our comfort continues steadily. In The Ground Up And The Washed Down we, the heirs of the grind, draw from its extracted residue. What can we learn from what’s left behind? What do we see when we lift the ground up? What do we feel when we sense with our entire body? How has time washed us down and how do we make space for restoration once more?" Curated by Yin Yin Wong, "The Ground Up And The Washed Down" is an exhibition hosted by A Tale of A Tub. It opened on the 8th of July, 2023 with Ultrasonic Tigress, a performance by Gayatri Kodikal (DAI, 2020), and it closes on the 27th of August with "for things not here not now", a durational performance by Raffia Li ( DAI, 2021).
Shout-out to Zasha Colah, who has just been appointed curator of the 13th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art !! We commend the jury for the 2025 edition of the Berlin Biennale on this excellent choice. At DAI we have been admiring the curatorial work of Zasha ever since we learned about the brilliant, one of a kind program of Clarkhouse Initiative Bombay which she co-established in 2010. Over the past two years we have had the great pleasure of welcoming Zasha in our midst in a variety of roles. Needless to say that we will be excitedly following all her moves in, with and for the city of Berlin.
Joy Mariama Smith (DAI, 2017) asks for your help in fundraising for the ten year anniversary of Color Block, a retreat held by and created for people of color to work/play/experiment around movement, improvisation, health and activism. PoC centered means people of color are at the center of the programming, not that it must be exclusively PoC. Discrimination and identity policing are not welcome ~ peoples identities can be defined differently depending on context. <3 <3 <3 General pledge: To enter with an open heart. To create a space for healing, support, and safety. To move with care and nuance. To respect and teach and learn from each other.