Women in Design 2020+ Exhibition
HECAR Foundation & Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan
January 8th – February 20th, 2020
“When women get together, they tell stories.
This is how it has always been.
Telling stories is our way of saying who we are, where we have come from, what we know, and where we might be headed.” – Jalaja Bonheim
An extract of kambli’s Design Manifesto:
“I see my design practice as being constantly informed by narratives of design history and theory, and hope that it can continue to write a narrative on our own Eastern sensibilities of design, rituals of craftsmanship and values of object-making. I would like to see my work as embodying traditional practices of repair and re-use, and inculcating a lifestyle where objects form an emotional bond and are valued. I want to continue to design one-off textiles that blend the lines between heirloom, museum artefact and contemporary design objects. Our history in India is a treasure trove of wisdom on how to prolong the use of objects while bestowing them with great emotional and cultural value, and I believe that there is a lot to learn from it when designing for the contemporary.”
Curated by the HECAR Foundation, the Women in Design 2020 Exhibition presented a retrospective of the work of pioneer women architects and designers across the world that have left a deep impact on their fields. This year, they launched a digital platform called the Design Manifesto 2020+ and invited architects and designers to articulate their respective practices through the lenses of past, present and future. Kambli’s manifesto was showcased in this month-long exhibition, that also included a textile installation by Vinay Narkar and a visual essay on the public clocks of Bombay by photographer Chirodeep Chaudhuri.