R and R by CAMP, Khanabadosh and Rupali Gupte & Prasad Shetty

Address: Blue door behind, Building 21-b, Lallubhai Compound, Mankhurd, Mumbai: 400088
Hours: 4-7 pm, Wednesday to Sunday
Website: aarandaar.net

R and R is part of Draft, a yearlong project anchored in nine interdisciplinary collaboratives—Bombay, Cairo, Cape Town, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Shanghai, St. Petersburg and Zurich—which collectively consider how contemporary art can produce, provoke and contribute to critical public debates. Draft is an initiative of Khanabadosh (Bombay) and the Institute for Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR), Zurich University of the Arts.

R and R is a centre for artistic and intellectual activity located amid the slum resettlement colony of Lallubhai Compound. It opened on March 20, 2016 and operates out of a rebuilt shed located on the eastern edge of the metropolis.

The name of the centre is a play on R&R, a policy acronym for Resettlement and Rehabilitation. R&R is a state-run programme to resettle slum dwelling families
that are affected by large infrastructure projects.

Over the past ten years, more than 50,000 families have been displaced from their original locations around the city and resettled in densely packed neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city. While such large-scale resettlement is not new, the experiences of the 70s — when similar numbers were displaced on account of an early resettlement drive-show that such neighbourhoods typically take a long time to ‘settle’.

This happens, for the most parts, because displacement of the sort results in the loss of original networks, which are so vital for urban communities.

Riffing off the policy jargon, R and R comes into its own through its many permutations including Rest and Relax, Research and Rethink, Roots and Renewals, Read and Recite, and Rock and Roll. These reinterpretations then become the broad thrusts for
its programming.

At the opening event, R and R was introduced, to a gathering of over 100 attendees from the Compound, through a programme that included readings of poems by Daya Pawar, Narayan Surve and Namdeo Dhasal.

As part of the first phase of its programming, R and R is currently hosting a series of events, workshops and studios that address and develop the elements of the centre, with the garden and library as current focuses.

Partners: Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, and Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich ZHdK