The Showroom

Clark House Initiative

Clark House Initiative is a curatorial collaborative and a union of artists based in Bombay. It was established in 2010 by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma, is a curatorial collaborative and artist union concerned with ideas of freedom. Strategies of equality have informed their work, while experiments in re reading of histories, and concerns of representation and visibility, are ways to imagine alternative economies and freedom. Clark House Initiative intends to actively recall political and artistic figures into contemporaneity and to question the recent rise of fascism in India based on exaggerated rumours of economic prosperity and nationalist pride. Membership arises from basic tenets of humanism - We draw from the Black Panthers Party, Dalit Panthers Party, Fluxus Group, Richard Wright, John Cage, AA Raiba, Joseph Beuys, Frantz Fanon, BR Ambedkar, Namdeo Dhasal, Cheikh Anta Diop, Nil Yalter, Jean Bhowanagary and Krishna Reddy. 17 artists run the union that gathers many more and are based across many seas. Saviya Lopes is the youngest member of the union and most radical in thought and life, also now the General Secretary of the Bombay space. Amol K Patil and Saviya Lopes are the current directors.Clark House Residencies and Projects are funded by Foundation For Art Initiatives.