In 2022, MAD Salon+Lab, in collaboration with Institut Francais en Inde (IFI), launched the MAD-IFI Graphic Novel Residency. This Residency is open to all French graphic novelists and comics artists engaged in literary creation who have been published by a publishing house in France. The resident will visit Bangalore to create a new body of work inspired by the city/state/region. They will be encouraged to meet and interact with the social, cultural and intellectual milieu of the city. Alliance Française (Bangalore) and the MAD co-founders will facilitate this through their respective networks.
The Mumbai Architecture & Design (MAD) Salon + Lab made its debut in 2010. The MAD Salon brings together experts and enthusiasts to discuss and debate contemporary issues in nation-building. MAD Lab is the hands-on twin of the MAD Salon. The Lab fosters experimental and exploratory projects at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Elene Usdin, has been the first comics artist to join the MAD Salon+Lab residency in November 2022. https://www.eleneusdin.com/
The MAD-IFI Graphic Novel Residency will be hosted in Bangalore, the capital of the Karnataka state. Widely known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is home to scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, thinkers, musicians, theatre professionals and others.
The residence is located in a leafy neighbourhood called Cox Town created from British colonial times. Cox Town has colourful markets, people from diverse backgrounds, old and new buildings, schools, temples, churches. It is easy to get around the city from this location by bicycle, bus, auto-rickshaw, and taxis.