Kneed: Ishwari Bhalerao & Leonie Rousham

01 August 2020

October Residency: Mapping Collective Sustenance

Ishwari and Leonie are a collaborative duo. They run a resource called Kneed, through which they are learning how to work collectively, sustainably and with accountability as cultural workers; resisting cultures of individualism and exhaustion under neoliberalism.

Their artistic practice looks at the historical and political resonance of landscapes, sites and languages. Through walking, they explore the violence held within British sites, culminating in text, moving-image, darkroom processes and installation.



Instagram: @_kneed_@ish.wari@leo.rousham

WFH Residency with Artsquest

Project Summary

‘We are simply living collaboratively’, as Fred Moten and Wu Tsang would say.

We, Ishwari Bhalerao and Leonie Rousham, are currently working on a resource called Kneed. Through this, we are learning about ways in which artists, writers, cultural workers have been sustaining resources like time, spaces and systems of care, in resistance to and/or refusal of institutions and the state that has continually failed to provide for us.

To continue this research during this month and beyond, we are using walking, mapping, sensing and talking, to explore how to be together again. We will be mapping out the ways in which various organisations have cultivated and shared non-monetary resources with each other in order to help one another sustain themselves. In doing so we will also question what our non-monetary desires, aspirations and motivations are for the work we continue to make.

Throughout, we are thinking about our relationship to the future post-covid world we want to see. We hope that we can use this map to help us imagine together- contributing to a mode of thinking that does not capitulate to the realism of the present? (Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism)

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