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Gender Bender

Museum of Memories

Founded in 2013 Sandbox Collective continues to serve as a free flowing hub for artists, curators, students, arts administrators, designers, interns and artists-in-residence. Our special focus is gender, gender equality and sexuality. We curate , produce and tour performances and festivals as well as facilitate collaborations between artists, audiences and cultural spaces, both nationally and internationally, with the aim of creating meaningful dialogue and culturally vibrant communities. We work with Individuals and organisations from across the world on artistic as well as research oriented projects that are grounded in India. We also offer research assistance and mentorship facilities to artists from across the world looking for research or artistic collaborations in India.

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Billie Holiday is a musician whose tragic personal life overshadowed her musical genius. We forget that she was only 23 when she sang ‘Strange Fruit’ in 1939. The song(written by Abel Meeropol) went on to become an anthem for the Equal Rights movement. While she was feted and felicitated by a section of the population, she was also vilified, persecuted and harassed by several people in power until her death in 1959. Holiday was posthumously conferred with 23 Grammys and in 1999, Strange Fruit went onto be designated ‘Song of the century’.
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