A space for cutting-edge collaborations and inspired exchange of ideas // Visual Disobedience [MUMBAI]

sanj.k September 22, 2012 art, the latest Comments

Visual Disobedience is an online community for emerging visual artists. From street artists to photographers, short filmmakers to animation artists, our visual artists find a roosting spot for cutting-edge collaborations and an inspired exchange of ideas here. As a Bohemian space where daring, quirky independent art finds a home, we hope this platform makes art more accessible.

Visual Disobedience is built in three parts: a growing database of anyone who is connected to the independent art scene; a daily chronicle of interesting happenings and events; and as a showcase of the most interesting work we see every day. The value we create for artists is to serve as a promotion and visibility launch pad to be noticed and possibly find work. For consumers (i.e. people like us) of the scene as well as for brands, we serve as a one stop discovery gateway to see and experience fresh, intelligent creativity and entertainment. Visual Disobedience also plans to host unique events in the future with our collective of edgy artists.

We caught up with Editor of Visual Disobedience, Namrata Bhawani to have a quick chat about its launch and future direction.

We hope to have regular artist meet-ups for an exchange of ideas and collaborations, help street artists find walls and spread the word to the media for greater exposure of the artwork and the art form itself, sell more works by emerging artists at unusual and disobedient spaces, reaching out to buyers who are intimidated by the white washed gallery walls. We will host workshops with personalities like Ponnappa, the ex-TOI cartoonist, filmmakers, etc. As we are growing the talent is stepping forward and offering to partner with us – whether it’s just to spread the word, or help with sales of their work, who want to share their talent and ideas through workshops, or put up classifieds (not active yet but will take off in October).

Our launch event covers Performance Art, a community art project around Ganesh Chaturthi, a talk by director Sudhir Mishra; and the largest exhibition and sale of indie art in association with the Julius Macwan Institute on Sept 22 & 23. It is the official launch of our website, which is a property of Flarepath, a digital content marketing outfit.

Twitter: @visualdiss

When: Sept 22 & 23, 11 am – 6 pm
Venue: Julius Macwan Institute, 50-A Huma bungalow, near Quantum Park, Chuim Village Road, Khar West.
Directions: Take the Lane opp Out of the Blue, go past Quantum Park. It’s right next to the cheerful Ganesh mandal.

At the launch of Visual Disobedience this weekend, you can find exhibitions and sale of over 50 artworks. The price range is Rs 1500 – Rs 15,000. The idea is to sell art that young people with an eye for the quirky can afford.


1) Exhibition and sale of art on Sept 22 and 23, 11am – 6 pm. Open to all.

Artists like Anirban Ghosh (his illustrations have appeared in the Tranquebar Book of Erotica), Prabha Mallya (she illustrated Nilanjana Roy’s The Wildings), Niyati Upadhya who recently had a successful exhibition at False Ceiling, Amrita Bagchi (ex-NID grad who designed the sets of Naseer’s Arms and the Man and Ratna Pathak-Shah’s Walk in the Woods), among others will be selling their works.

2) An interactive workshop with Sudhir Mishra, Sept 22, 3 pm with artists and budding filmmakers. Open to all. Renowned entertainment journalist Indu Mirani will moderate the talk.

3) Screening of short films by Viraj Gupta, Niyati Upadhya and others through the day.

4) Performance artist Dheer Kaku will be debuting a video installation at the event.

Check out some of the art pieces below:

Restless by Amrita Bagchi (from the Asthir series)

Time and Again by Niyati Upadhya

Purrpetual Motion by Prabha Mallya

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Founder and Editor of NADA BRAHMA, Sanj.K is an Investment Banker with a sense of humor. Born and brought up in the UK, he has an ongoing love affair with music, martial arts and masala chai and in his spare time perfects the deadly art of watching old skool kung-fu movies. Sanj loves bringing a fresh outlook on ‘left field’, Asian, electronica and classical music from across the globe, but hates the music they play in supermarkets.