We're very excited to be welcoming Aqui Thami from Bombay Underground to Rabbits Road Press for a three month residency! As this year's V&A Research Institute Offsite Resident, Aqui will be working closely with as we support her to develop work Rabbits Road Press, programme some workshops/things for the public and (if she wants!) collaborate on something new with OOMK. Aqui is a Mumbai-based artist, activist and academic. Her multidisciplinary practice is inspired by the culture of DIY, which has brought her to collaborate with young girls, women and children. She is a founding member of Dharavi Art Room and is also a member of Bombay Underground, an artist collective that organised the first Zine Fest held in Mumbai, bringing together a large volume of self-published books and zines for the public for the first time ever in India. Her residency will take place between 15 October 2018 and 15 January 2019.
Thami’s residency is in collaboration with the V&A Research Institute (VARI) and takes place between 15 October 2018 and 15 January 2019. Aqui will be staying at The White House, Create’s residency and community space on the Becontree Estate. This is the second collaboration with the V&A, following the successful residency with Wouter Osterholt at The White House in 2017-18.
“During my residency, I am interested in exploring the V&A’s rich political posters collection with a special focus on handmade posters for public walls and city spaces, works that existed on the edge of the normative definition of art.”