Politics of Love, Histories of Ishq, and Poetry of Sex

About the event

About the curator: Agents of Ishq is India’s best-loved platform for all things sex, love, desire and desi. Their exuberant  sex-education content has created a breakthrough Indian language for sex and desire, with wit, warmth and deeply emotional politics. Their archive of personal essays and histories of sexuality, reveals a different, fluid India.

About the event: An evening designed for sensory delight, AOI will present: Stories of extraordinary people from India’s sexual history in zestful, tiny performances; a political philosophy of love in a teeny talk; an exuberant conversation about how discussing sex, love and desire can decolonise our hearts and bring us closer to our authentic selves, and an open mic featuring erotic/tharki poetry across time – from ancient India to the present! On the walls will be an interactive exhibit to help us reflect on a different idea of Indian-ness.

Date: 16th August, 2023, Wednesday | Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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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.”