MAD Salon+Lab

Residency brief

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.

  • Thematic focus Graphic novels / Comic books
  • LocationBangalore (Karnataka)
  • Dates 1 November - 30 November 2023
  • Length of stay 4 weeks

Our Space

Bangalore (Karnataka)

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.

Residency conditions

  • The resident will be given accommodation in a 2-bedroom apartment downtown owned by the MAD co-founders, for the duration of the Residency. The accommodation includes a living room, a fully-equipped kitchen so the resident can cook, and a nice balcony overlooking a tree. One of the two bedrooms is used as a study.
  • The resident’ travel costs to and from his home address will be covered by the French Institute in India.
  • The resident will receive a fixed stipend of INR. 70 000 to cover his food and living expenses.
  • The residents should be willing to devote up to 15% of his residency time to participate in lectures, workshops, conferences in local schools/universities, and/or other cultural activities organised by MAD Salon + Lab, IFI, or Alliance Française de Bangalore.
  • During the residency, the resident must be able to present a body of drawings/illustrations at the MAD Salon that will be hosted in culmination of the residency – and can eventually be used towards creating a graphic novel in the near future (next 2-3 years).
  • The resident will give at least one original artwork created during the Bangalore residency to add to the evolving BD portfolio of the MAD Salon+Lab.
  • At the end of the residency, the resident is expected to produce a short written piece about his experience, in a free format, that could be published in France or India and that will testify of his experience of the Residency.

Eligibility criteria

  • The resident must have a working knowledge of English
  • The resident must have one album (minimum) published by a French publishing house.