Curated by Ravi Agarwal (a new Delhi based photographer and environmentalist) and Tim Krause (a well known land artist from Hamburg,Germany), , The Yamuna-Elbe Project is at the Golden Jubilee Park on the banks of the Yamuna, near the Old Loha Bridge. Project Y is a public art and outreach project initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Hamburg, and carried out in the framework of “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”. It will be held in the cities of Delhi and Hamburg between October 16th and November 20th, 2011, almost in parallel.
The collaborative project is centered on the idea of creating ecological sustainable rivers in cities. Both the rivers – Elbe and the Yamuna are central to Hamburg’s and Delhi’s futures and there are various, deeply involved discussions around them, intensified by current challenges facing water issues. There is great public interest in the subject, even though the dialogues may be different in each place. It is expected to be one of the prime and most visible public projects during the project series “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”, and also coincides with the India week in Hamburg, celebrating Hamburg having been nominated as the European Green Capital 2011.
Acclaimed Indian and German artists have been invited to participate in producing on-site installations, which will be on show for 2 weeks in each city. They will deal with the discourse around the river. Each artist has conceptualized a work that highlights important issues related to the rivers – be they ecological, developmental, socio-cultural, or religious.
In Delhi, the participating artists are:
- Asim Waqif
- Atul Bhalla
- Gigi Scaria, and Sheba Chhachhi from India
- and Nana Petzet and Jochen Lempert from Germany.
In Hamburg, the participating artists are:
- Atul Bhalla
- Navjot Altaf
- Ravi Agarwal
- Sheba Chhachhi, and Vivan Sundaram from India and,
- Daniel Seiple, Anna Möller, Jochen Lempert, and Ines Lechleitner from Germany.
A sseries of outreach programs have been designed around the exhibition. These include :
- River Walks: Historians, such as Sohail Hasmi and environmentalists, such as, Vimlendu Jha will conduct walks around the Yamuna as well as Delhi’s water systems to sensitize the general public as well as school children to their natural heritage and the impact of urban development on it.
- Public Discussions on subjects related to the river and the environment will also take place
- Films and Musical Concerts: Films on the water and the Yamuna will be screened. A rock concert / musical evening will be organized by the river Yamuna
- Writing workshops