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projects|process season 2: pentimento

Projects | Process: Season 02 was launched in October 2019. Now a part of G5A academy, the series of sessions features artists, performers, theatre makers, designers, and more talking about the significance of process and its relevance to project-making in contemporary India, through insights into the development of one piece of their work.

Our third session featured Alex Sanchez (chef and restaurateur), Sheena Khalid (theatre artist), and Rohit Jain (documentary photographer), as they discussed their work through the lens of ‘Pentimento’ – the traces left behind as a work of art evolves.

Stay tuned for the next two videos this month, every Wednesday at 6:00 PM IST. Each month will feature a new theme, with 3 speakers – do subscribe on YouTube to get notified!

Alex Sanchez is a chef and restaurateur, originally from San Francisco. Having set-up The Table when he was 26, he has come back with his own restaurant in 2019 – Americano, at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. He is celebrated for his refined, approachable cooking and his commitment to quality. He is inarguably a trendsetter recognized for creating one-of-a-kind dining experiences and setting new standards in hospitality. For him, envisioning and creating Americano was a really immersive journey that allowed him to graduate from being a craftsman to showcasing his artistry. He takes us through the various layers, iterations, and the painstaking attention to detail that led to Americano opening its doors in March 2019 – bringing an international dining experience to South Bombay.

Rohit Jain is an Independent Social Documentary Photographer and short story writer, based in New Delhi, India. His works focus on human and life development photo stories and he uses photography as a form of activism. He is a grantee of Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Previously, he has worked with Indian English Daily Hindustan Times. At Projects | Process he takes us through the myriad stories he has covered – that pushed him to reflect on his own approach and connect more mindfully with the communities he photographed, and their stories. For our theme Pentiment0, he confronts the ethical dilemmas of photographing real people’s stories, and candidly reflects on issues of inequality, discrimination, and privilege in Indian society.

[Link to his exhibition: Aftermath]

Sheena Khalid is a director, writer, and performer based in Mumbai. She has completed a two-year full time course in theatre creation from the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). She is the co-founder of the theatre company known as The Patchworks Ensemble, whose first production Ila was named as one of the `top five productions of 2014` by the Indian Express. For our Projects | Process on ‘Pentimento’ she shares her collaborative explorations with ‘devised theatre’ patching together the stories (big and small) that make up the world around us – pushing us to imagine and believe in possibilities beyond the stories we are told.