256 Million Colours of Violence

Third Space,

Helsinki, 2016

Visit the project: www.256millioncoloursofviolence.com

The first iteration of the project is exhibited in Third Space, Helsinki, 2016. Through this exhibition, a first public encounter with this format of online survey takes place.


Limitations of Liability

Mumbai, 2017




Limitations of Liability was an eight day program between March 17 to 28, 2017, structured around ‘256 Million Colours of Violence’ – an interactive survey-based-research project by contemporary transmedia artist, Ali Akbar Mehta. The project began in 2016, and now includes more than 250 entries of people from all walks of life. 256 Million Colours of Violence is available to the public for free. The exposition of the past survey results were installed along with a participation booth at The Mumbai Assembly and Harkat studios inviting everyone to participate in the ongoing survey.

Limitations of Liability is an Eight Day program across three Venues, where the project now encompasss a series of invited discussions on violence and its extended narratives.

Held across three venues – The Mumbai Assembly (Bandra), The Piramal Art Foundation (Lower Parel) and Harkat Studios (Versova) – the program also included poetry recitations, talks and discussions, and a series of films screenings concerned with the subject of violence and trauma.


Mumbai Assembly

Exhibition and Artist Talks, 2017


The project is displayed in Mumbai for the first time, in 2017.

As a travelling project across venues, the project in its iteration at Mumbai Assembly is conceptualised to be a space for discourse and conversation. This translated as three events, each a dialogue with an invted speaker to collectively reflect on violence in its various forms by forming symboitic relationships with each other’s praxes.

Colours of Violence


Piramal Museum of Art

Artist Talk, 2017

The Urgency of asking Questions: Ali Akbar Mehta in conversation with Kevin Lobo, about his project ‘256 Million Colours of Violence’, Manifestations of Violence, Big Data Ethics and the urgency of asking questions. They discuss tools of inquiry used and attempt to dissect the various narratives presented through the survey. Inquiries into colour, violence and their perceptions can lead to multiple directions – the conversation looks at how the narrative experience of colour may be embodied, embedded and extended in the contexts of these meanings.

The conversation was conducted in Piramal Museum of Art, as part of Limitations of Liability.

256 Million Colours of Violence Complete Artist Note: http://www.256millioncoloursofviolence.com/about


Harkat Studios

Exhibition and Film screenings, 2017

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TIFA Working Studios

Pune, 2018
Exhibition and Artist Residency

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256 Million colours of Violence is presented in TIFA Working Studios, Pune, as part of the artist residency, ARTEL 2018 ‘To Participate in the Archive’, and group exhibition ‘Assembly of Access’, in 2018.

AROOP III: Totems and Taboos

New Delhi, 2018



Sakal Times
Sakal Times, 2018
Hindustan Times, 25.03.2017
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Hindustan Times, 24.03.2017

Mid-Day, 21.03.2017



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