Promona Sengupta is an academic, an activist and a curator currently finishing her PhD at the International Research Center: Interweaving Performance Cultures, at FU Berlin. She co-founded Mo’Halla, a pop-up space for progressive art, culture and politics, based in Berlin. She has worked as a curator for Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi and on various international exhibitions throughout Asia.
She shares her research around the old Bengali word bhitey - “home” and “hearth”. Is it possible to materialize a bhitey? What is the materiality of “home-feeling” amongst people who do not fall into the easy categories of belonging such as nation and family. And what are material space-making strategies employed by people looking for “home-feeling” outside the oppressive mainstream ideas of belonging?
Photo: Samira Mohammed-Ali