Aqui Thami

Aqui ThamiAqui Thami (V&A Research Institute Offsite Resident) is a Mumbai-based artist, activist and academic.

Her multidisciplinary practice is inspired by the culture of DIY, which has brought her to collaborate with young girls, women and children. She is a founding member of Dharavi Art Room and is also a member of Bombay Underground, an artist collective that organised the first Zine Fest held in Mumbai, bringing together a large volume of self-published books and zines for the public for the first time ever in India.

Thami’s residency was in collaboration with the V&A Research Institute (VARI) and took place between 15 October 2018 and 15 January 2019. Thami worked at the Old Manor Park Library, working closely with the artist collective One of My Kind (OOMK), which run a community risograph print studio and publishing press at this site. Aqui stayed at The White House, our residency and community space on the Becontree Estate. This was the second collaboration with the V&A, following the successful residency with Wouter Osterholt at The White House in 2017-18.