The Kitchen Studio

2024-05-25 08:22:05

Ishita Shah, Krish Ashok, Soumya Bhave, Afrah Shafiq

The Kitchen Studio


September 17, 2021 - September 26, 2021    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Kitchen Studio Workshop invites participants to engage in a 10-day long investigation of the kitchen as a space of creative facilitation similar to an artist’s studio, comprising the interaction between maker, materials, tools, ideas and concepts. 

Hosted via Zoom and Discord, this workshop is designed to help participants learn from artists and archivists; and create their own work by engaging with various resources, exercises and open dialogue. You’ll get to see the kitchen space and paraphernalia evolve from their culinary connotations to a conceptual studio that creates stories and experiences.

Participants will be encouraged to work across different mediums and are expected to work and collaborate with other participants for the duration of this workshop. The final output will be a digital publication, showcased by MAP.

The Kitchen Studio workshop is conducted in collaboration with Curating for Culture. The sessions will be facilitated by curator and archivist, Ishita Shah.

This workshop is specially curated for 18–25 year olds.

Mentioned below are the key dates of the workshop:

Friday, 17th September 2021 (07:00–08:30 PM): Introductory Session
Thursday, 23rd September 2021 (07:00–08:30 PM): Guest Speaker Session
Sunday, 26th September 2021 (07:00–08:30 PM): Closing/Feedback Session

We encourage participants with any kind of difficulty related to hearing, speaking, learning, etc. to participate in the workshop. If you are a participant of this nature, please write to prior to registration and let us know the nature of the difficulty and the accommodations that may be required. We will try our best to make the necessary arrangements in consultation with you.

Complete your application and we’ll share a wallpaper with you that features an artwork from MAP’s collection!

Click here for the application form.

Ishita Shah

Facilitator, Designer, Historian, Curator

Trained as a designer and historian, Ishita Shah is a research-based practitioner invested in curating initiatives for cultural and historical preservation, community engagement and creative interpretation. During the pandemic, she has been conducting online engagements on constructing personal archives with an intention to further create possibilities for archiving in India and the Global South. She is a consulting archivist and historian at the Pattani Archives, Bhavnagar, and mentoring the Britto Art Trust Archive, Bangladesh.

She has also curated dissemination projects in collaboration with Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd., National Centre for Biological Sciences and The Courtyard in Bengaluru, conducted learning engagements with INTACH, been an educator and the coordinator to the UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat and Sustainable Development at Srishti-Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She is also the founding archivist and oral historian at CEPT Archive: for architecture, planning and design in India, and worked with RIBA, INSITE Magazine, SPADE India and DICRC.

She is currently pursuing research on the architectural history of 20th century India through the perspective of women practitioners as a Graham Foundation Grantee 2020 and is exploring subversive frameworks for community archiving projects through Futura Tropica Fellowship 2020.

Afrah Shafiq


Afrah Shafiq is a multi/new media artist based between Goa and Bangalore. Her art practice moves across various platforms and mediums, seeking a way to retain the tactile within the digital and the poetry within technology.

Her work has been shown at the Meet Factory Prague, Currents New Media Festival Santa Fe, Lahore Biennial, testsite Austin, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, The Guild Art Gallery in Alibaug, Be.Fantastic in Bengaluru, What About Art in Mumbai, Digital Grafitti Festival in Florida, The Fusebox Festival in Texas, Computer Space festival in Bulgaria among others.

She has been invited for research and residency programs with Fluent Collaborative Austin, the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, and the Institute of Advance Studies in Nantes, France. When she is not glued to her computer she also makes glass mosaics.

Krish Ashok


Krish Ashok is the author of Masala Lab: The Science of Indian Cooking, published by Penguin RandomHouse, and an Amazon best-seller that explores the science of Indian cooking with the aim of making the reader a better cook and turning the kitchen into a joyful, creative playground for culinary experimentation. 

In his day job, Ashok is the Global Head – Digital Workplace for Tata Consultancy Services (one of the world’s largest technology companies) and helps Fortune 1000 companies reimagine the future of work, a role that is at the intersection of technology, design and culture.

He is also a regular columnist on food, science, and culture for publications such as Mint, The Hindu, Scroll and BuzzFeed.

He is a trained Indian classical violinist who also plays the cello and electric guitar, and composes and produces music that you can listen to on all major streaming platforms.

Soumya Bhave

Artist, Archivist

Soumya Bhave is a recent graduate from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Her specialisation lies in Public History and Heritage Interpretation. Her interests are always piqued by intriguing stories of family heirlooms. Her fondness for family histories inspired her to build her own family archive. She currently works as a Research Associate at Godrej Archives, Mumbai.

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