The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989

Since 1989, the influential Delhi-based Sahmat has offered a platform for artists, writers, poets, musicians, actors, and activists to create and present works of art that promote artistic freedom and celebrate secular, egalitarian values.

The collective formed in the weeks after playwright, actor, and activist Safdar Hashmi was beaten to death by politically patronized thugs while performing a street play. In the more than twenty years since, Sahmat has drawn on India's secular heritage and an expansive group of collaborators to produce a series of projects that engage in important political and social debates through a mix of high art and street culture.

Dates: 
Thursday, February 14, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, June 9, 2013 (All day)
Smart Museum of Art