The Silly Space by Khushnaz Lala
About the workshop : The Silly Space
Welcome to the gathering of all the undercover aliens that have been stationed on Earth assessing humanity through an anthropological study. We'll be sharing our current stories and experiences of what we have encountered on this tiny celestial rock, using art, writing and any other forms of creative communication as a medium to translate our findings to our respective home planets. This secret meeting will be a space for us to share information about our own worlds (through art and text) as an understanding of the brilliant complexity of this universe that we are all a part of together.
About the artist : Lala
Lala is a writer, illustrator, artist and accidental adult based in Mumbai/Bangalore.
Using text as her primary medium of expression, combined with illustration and sculpture, Lala is both the fairy godmother; with her three “child-friendly books for adults”, and the wicked witch, with her sarcastic and often dark humored artwork that she posts on social media.
Her illustrated picture books; ‘This is a Very Silly Book’, ‘I’m With Silly’, and ‘Dear Left Sock and Other Letters’, were published by HarperCollins in 2016. Through the quirky characters, the books show that being silly is not just about pulling goofy faces, but is rather the fearless act of being true to ourselves.
Based on the books, Lala has conducted Silly Workshops across the country. Through lots of goofy dancing, ridiculous stories and secret confessions, the workshops explore what it means to inhabit our own skin, and open up dialogues on issues like bullying, gender, mental health and self and social identities.
She has conducted readings and workshops for both children and adults at various literature festivals, summits and performance venues. She has also spoken at TEDx, with a talk entitled, “I am a god but I am also garbage: how to con your way through adulthood while eating Cheetos in your underpants.”
Lala is a contemporary artist whose oeuvre includes work for Grammy Nominated singer, Mike Posner. She is currently working on a project with Amnesty International India, designing apparel, putting together an art exhibition and writing more books.
Curated by Books & Brews, India
Books & Brews, India © is a series of live gatherings that bring together a community of interested people for lovingly curated, intimate sessions around books, reading, and the love for words. We do this through book meet ups, silent reading parties, book shop crawls, spoken word, poetry, workshops and "Between The Pages" - an intimate session with renowned authors, illustrators, publishers and personalities who live on words. Books & Brews supports communities, curates exclusive content, promotes and manages shows for international and local writers, publishers and readers in India.
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