Young women’s stories of the city and its peripheries in India’s digital age
1st to 31st January 2019, Mandi House Metro Station, New Delhi
The ‘Art in Public Places – #AanaJaana: Curating Women’s Digital Stories of the City’ exhibition presents different perspectives of a digital age by young women living in Delhi’s urban peripheries – resettlement colonies, urban villages and border towns. Using visualisations of selected data – participatory maps, photographs, videos and WhatsApp diaries maintained by these women over a period of 6 months, #AanaJaana curates women’s everyday stories of comings and goings in the city. It explores how women on the margins view, understand, and ultimately navigate the city through information and communication technologies (ICT) accessed from their mobile phones. It provokes us to think what mobility means in a context where social media provides real time information on the dangers and freedoms located in the metro, bus, auto rickshaw, and walkways as well as the opportunity to express this in creative and poignant ways. It shows us how women living on the urban peripheries negotiate the ‘freedoms’ of moving (aana) in online space with the ‘dangers’ of going out (jaana) into the city, or the constraints of entering (aana) online space with the constant control over their bodies even when they leave (jaana) home for the city. Through a convergence of art, digital media and architecture, this exhibition will demonstrate the potential of urban technology to reveal new gendered inclusions and exclusions in the urban peripheries.