It will also be the first opportunity for all the artists who have joined us for this edition to explore how far they can push their projects in terms of community engagement.
Our biggest moment of validation, came three years into the project, when we went to share the profits (meagre yet comforting) of the products we had designed with Diamond Library, and the two brothers asked us to keep the money so we could continue future projects in the neighbourhood.
But this still did not help us answer the question we asked ourselves each time we are stuck on the road on our commute to Chitpur, or even enjoying the thrill of people engaging with our projects on the street. Why are we doing this? Is there a point? Do you think we are making any impact?
These questions have found answers in small ways.
I was hoping that by the end of three years, there would be an active neighbourhood group who would start their own pop up museum, or even do an annual photo exhibition. But there was no such group- don't get me wrong, there are many many people who will continue to participate, continue to join us each time we plan a new program, but the tools, methodologies and expertise are very much still in our hands.
This time around as we start the dialogue anew, envision new projects, what will be the answer we are hoping for. Does everyone even want to ask the dreaded “impact” question!!!
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