Aqui Thami (V&A Research Institute Offsite Resident) 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.
Thami’s residency is in collaboration with the V&A Research Institute (VARI) and takes place between 15 October 2018 and 15 January 2019. Thami will be working at the Rabbits Road Institute in Old Manor Park Library, working closely with the artist collective One of My Kind (OOMK), which run a community risograph print studio and publishing press at this site. Aqui will be staying with us at The White House. This is the second collaboration with the V&A, following the successful residency with Wouter Osterholt 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.”