The North East Network Archival Residency and Exhibition Project







Archival Findings 








Northeast Network’s work since their conception in 1995 addresses three primary sectors: Gender Discrimination and Violence Against Women; Governance and State Accountability; and Natural Resource Management & Livelihood. Employing artistic methods of translation, the idea is to transform the records of NEN’s work in new dimensions through public interventions. 

One of the objectives of the proposed project is to ideate, explore, and democratize historical narratives from the region that have been overlooked in the mainstream using tools of archiving. The project tries to treat such records as a part of the collective memory that forms and adds to a greater understanding of Northeast India.

Such archives which constitute a formal record made up of reports, official letters, diary entries, testimonials and images encompass thousands of human expressions, which holds the potential to unearth multiple dimensions towards looking upon and understanding the region.

The residency/exhibition will serve as the pilot project for a long-term series of research projects and interventions related to archives and public memory building in Northeast India. This process poses to unfold as a series of research and engagement that will continue over the years. The first iteration of this project with NEN opens up a much wider conversation about the history and legacy of women’s movement within the region spanning over more than the last 100 years.


The multidisciplinary nature of the residency undertakes a pluralist approach to address a wider audience. The practitioners are invited from within the NE region focusing on social, cultural and professional inclusivity to create a conversation that resonates not on the region but in the region.

Over a period of two months, the residency will encourage a dialogue-oriented approach layered with multiple perspectives. The practitioners are in constant conversation with members of NEN well before and throughout the residency. Conversations with the communities that NEN works with are also encouraged.
 

The exchange between the participants, the curator and NEN will be developed in close conversation well in advance of the residency itself. This will be done in order to ensure an organic evolution of comprehensive narratives from the archives. Keeping direct engagement and critical discourse as objectives, the outcomes of the residency will be realized in the form of interventions, installations and performances, spread around the area of the NEN headquarters.












Over the past few months, Northeast Lightbox in collaboration with North East Network has been conceptualizing a possible residency and public exhibition project contextual to the archives of North East Network. It takes us immense pleasure in announcing that this project is set to be realized in Guwahati over the next three months.

The project has been awarded the Inlaks Take Off Grant 2021 and is supported by North East Network.The project is shaped as an Archival Residency and a Public Exhibition. One of the objectives of the project is to ideate, explore, and democratize historical narratives from the region that have been overlooked in the mainstream using tools of archiving.


The residency/exhibition serves as the pilot project for a long-term series of research projects and interventions related to archives and public memory building in Northeast India.



































This first iteration of the project with NEN opens up a much wider conversation about the history and legacy of women’s movement within the region spanning over more than the last 100 years.

























Archives which constitute a formal record made up of reports, official letters,
diary entries,
testimonials and
images encompass thousands of human expressions,
which holds the potential to unearth multiple dimensions.
















The project tries to
treat such records as a part of the

collective memory that forms and adds to a
greater understanding
of the Northeast of India.














































 Residents Introductory Sessions











1. Akhu Chingbamgam









3. Pranami Rajbangshi








5. Rituparna








2. Chingrimi Shimray









4. Lapdiang A. Syiem








6. Kumam Davidson Singh









 



Archival Conversations with NEN











Monisha Behal, Founder of North East Network, addresses the Residency Group.


35mm Slides from Ben B’s archives


     














Anurita P. Hazarika, State Coordinator from
NEN Assam, provides a verbal illustration
of NEN's work in sectors of Violence Against
Women and Gender Discrimination in Assam.

















Joy Grace Syiem, Policy Lead Consultant
from NEN Meghalaya expands on Violency
Against Women and Governance and State
Accountability sectors of NEN's work.




























Archival NARRATIVES