Interview with Surekha

Parallele Welten: How did you came to accept the curatorial work at the Rangoli Metro Art Center (RMAC) being an artist?

Surekha: Because of my kind of work. It’s a big responsibility working in a public space. At the RMAC we had to start from the beginning, because in Bengaluru there are not public spaces like this. Here the space needs a different kind of art. So I think my work is getting people together, sort of connecting them and opening the public space.

PW: For most of our students it was the first time working in the public space and they were surprised because of the restrictions they found at the RMAC. Is there a difference working in the public space in terms of rules?

S: It is something in between, I think. I’m from the art background, I’ve been working as an artist for more than 15 years and we have those spaces that are private and we know what is happening there, we all know how things work there. Here I don’t know how the reaction is going to be, you have 2.000 people walking and 2.000 opinions. If one person comes and falls here, he will go the press. Simple things like that... Those are the questions we have to handle here. Since I’m here responsible, I’ll try to negociate and find a way within the system, so that things can be done.

PW: How do you see the development of the RMAC? According to restrictions, to the questions of public space...

S: Since the begin we realized that the space could be opened not only for visual arts, but for many different things. Even I sort of opened up...and started seeing in a much more wide perspective. But we are still experimenting, because it’s been just 6 months... Somehow it is coming to some direction know. At the begin we didn’t know how it would really work. Art Center for the city. Like the word Rangoli for the logo. Rangoli is this ritual people do in front of their houses on the floor, but it is also this form of connecting points. That’s the whole idea, the idea of a unique drawing, of a visual form with different dots that connect and make a new form. 

PW: Do you have a vision for the RMAC?

S: This should be a place full of different sorts of projects… so many things that give people the idea of an utopian art, a kind of art utopia in the space. Also with much less restrictions, with more freedom, giving only importance to the freedom of art expression.

Surekha is visual artist and has realized numerous projects for the public spaces. She curates the Rangoli Metro Art Centre since it was made available for the public in May 2013.

Published in Stadtkunst Kunststadt