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26/11

Creating artist books to share intimate South Asian stories to fundraise for mental rehabilitation. 




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Housed in the permanent Special Collections of the ︎︎︎ John Hay Library — each of the 26/11 books outlines a different episodic account of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. 

“Special Collections” is an umbrella term for archives, books, and manuscripts that are rare, old, or worth preserving.

Through this purchase, thirty-three women who suffered PTSD after the attacks were provided free-of-cost mental rehabilitation services.


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26/11 was awarded the ‘Women at Brown Prize’ in 2021 and purchased by the John Hay Library’s Special Collections

Each book is dedicated to the different sectors of society that become inevitable casualties of political warfare and terrorism. 





26/11 was made on handmade paper purchased from a paper mart near the Taj: one of the locations of the terrorist attack. I didn’t go to the Taj Mahal Hotel for 12 years after the attack. 






PROJECT  DETAILS


Client:
        Pembroke Center for Women and Gender Studies 

The ︎︎︎ Pembroke Center at Brown University is a feminist research center devoted to critical scholarship on the struggles faced by people across national and transnational contexts.


Timeline:
6 weeks (Feb-March ‘21)

Tools:
Found Materials, Pen and Ink, Collage Materials, Hand-Made Khadi Paper


Library Collections:
John Hay Library at Brown University

The ︎︎︎ John Hay Library is the second oldest library on the campus of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

Skills:
Storytelling, Concept Development, Content Writing, Fundraising



Reflection:

Lobbying for your work is important. 
Through conversations and dialogues about my work and its significance, I was contacted by the aforementioned collections to purchase my work. This would not have been possible without the people who guided me, and listened to me, as I spoke about my work. 

Fundraising is only effective when you aim to provide sustainable means, not temporary solutions. 
Through conversations with the women who were served through this project, they mentioned their appreciation for the fact that they were provided with sustainable means to cope with certain localized issues. 



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YUKTI V. AGARWAL


As a multidisciplinary thinker, my work aims to reimagine societies and futures through engaged research and purposeful design and innovation. 

︎︎︎ About


Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program

Majors 3 
    Textile Design  
    Psychology   
    Mindfulness Studies

Minor 1
    Art and Design History





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Current Work:
Brown + RISD Honors Thesis

How can the multisensorial design of public space facilitate moments of implicit mindfulness in momentary experiences—to develop more dispositionally mindful communities?