Independence project

Aug 15 - 19 20238:00am-6:00pm

About the event

It is between volition and constraint that the birthplace of independence exists. This space is the source of some of the
most fundamental human characteristics identity, curiosity, and creativity. If we understand freedom as an ‘arrival’ rather than a
‘pursuit’ – as we often do – we find ourselves unable to cope with freedom’s shifting definitions. But freedom’s pursuit –
that is, exercising resistance is the key to a world of invisible limitations and unlimited possibilities.

But there are those who will not be silenced. For them, the pursuit of freedom is underlined by an incredible sense of integrity and responsibility to both themselves, and the world at large. IFBE salutes these lone crusaders, and dedicates the week of India’s independence to celebrating and amplifying these voices.

From theatre to film to dance to music to literature, year 2 of the Independence Project explores the concept of freedom at the crosshairs of self and society.

In collaboration with


The Ice Factory at Ballard Estate (IFBE) is an experimental laboratory for transdisciplinary practices across modern and contemporary architecture, art, and pedagogy. The conserved and refashioned structure is itself a historical object; its complexity, diversity, and paradoxical forms of architecture are instruments for the invention of knowledge. Malik Architecture has created an architecture that does not settle, one with spaces to breathe through a crystallization and mutation of traditional, modern, and contemporary experiments. A century-old embodiment... of “the dreams that stuff is made of.” IFBE’s community of architects, artists, scholars, and students exists in the expanding complexity and multiplicity of the present without sacrificing a fidelity to pasts and archiving, to build and chronicle in the here and now, what Reinhard Koselleck felicitously called “futures past.”