STUDENTS’ BIENNALE: AN OVERVIEW
The Kochi Biennale Foundation, in collaboration with the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) and the Foundation for Indian Art and Education (FIAE) has developed the Students’ Biennale, an exhibitory platform which runs parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
A part of the Foundation’s educational outreach to promote contemporary art practice in India, this project reaches out to state-funded art colleges across the country, to encourage young artists to reflect on their practice and exhibit on an international stage. The initiative is thus invested in using the potential of a global biennale platform to energise art schools and art production.
The project is led by 15 young curators. Through multiple institution visits, workshops, interventions and engagements, the curators bring together young artists from all around India to showcase their talents at the exhibition venues in Kochi, Kerala. The intention is to expose art students and young curators to the processes of world class art display and exhibition making.
Over time the Students’ Biennale seeks to strengthen Indian art education practices and foster learning and discourse amongst this pool of young curators and art students, providing the skills they need for a career in contemporary art. As future artists of the country, this platform will become a space for graduate and post-graduate art students as well as young curators to understand the diversity of styles and pedagogic traditions in India’s current art education system, as well as assess the infrastructural challenges students face within these institutes.
Since November 2015, the project has reached out to 45 government and 10 private art schools across India and will include the work of over 200 BFA and MFA students.
PROFILE OF THE 2016 PROJECT
In November 2015, 15 emerging curators were selected from amongst hundreds to conduct the project. The selection panel included Kochi Biennale Foundation President Bose Krishnamachari, Director of Programmes Riyas Komu, Education Consultant Meena Vari and Director of the Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art Vidya Shivadas.
In addition to these project mentors, the curators have access to an expert advisory team which includes:
Sudhir Patwardhan, Visual Artist
Jeebesh Bagchi, Visual Artist
Shukla Sawant, Visual Artist, Professor Jawaharlal Nehru University
Belinder Dhanoa, Writer, Professor Ambedkar University
Sarada Natarajan, Art Historian
Rakhi Peswani, Visual Artist
R. Siva Kumar, Art Historian, Critic and Curator, Principal of Kala Bhavan
Indrapramit Roy, Visual Artist
Akkhitam Vasudevan, Visual Artist
B.V. Suresh, Visual Artist
Each emerging curator chose a group of 3 to 4 art institutes to work with. In January 2016 the curators underwent intensive workshop-based training in New Delhi by artists and industry professionals including Vivan Sundaram, Shilpa Gupta, Dayanita Singh, Sneha Raghavan and Sabih Ahmed from the Asia Art Archive, Surajit Sarkar, Belinder Dhanoa, Shukla Sawant and Marianne Burki, Head of the Visual Arts Department, Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council. In March 2016 the curators additionally participated in two workshops conducted by the Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council in Bangalore and New Delhi, with Swiss curators Sandi Paucic and Andreas Voghel.
One of the many objectives of this training was to give participants a real-world, hands-on experience in curatorial practice and research. In September 2016, the group came together in Kochi for a five-day seminar to process their individual research and synthesise it into a meaningful collective exhibition. The key objectives were to highlight common conclusions from their multiple curatorial interventions and plot the basic exhibition during a series of thorough site visits.
This edition also includes various collateral projects such as the Students’ Biennale zine: Pandemonium, local exhibitions of initial outcomes from interventions by curators, and a schedule of programmes to be presented during the exhibition.
The Students’ Biennale opens on December 13th, 2016 and runs through March 29th, 2017.
Later The Atelier Ate Her 1
The sea murmurs through the window, the wind climbs unnoticed, flirting with the dusty walls of an abandoned staircase at Bazaar road. 2
A stranger enters the empty room.
Her eyes, uncertain,
Stroke the roof,
Bite the corners,
Gulp the floors.
The ship screams afar,
floating like the colours on the walls.
Steady like the wooden doors
Like an old neighbour,
who never leaves you.
The space grasps screaming,
holds a library of voices within.
Drifting clouds of the informal
Endless, like long corridors, surround her.
to release secrets
The space craves for it,
The rumbling stomach of the space
Hungry for works.
She looks up “What do you want?”
The foundation trembles.
Sound of sand churning.
Somebody shuffles his feet on the ground floor,
perhaps a door closes on the second floor.
There is fresh white paint on the walls
a potential space for fiction
or a resurrecting dead gallery?
Her fingers slide along the blue stained walls.
The paint peels off, piles up
She discovers scars,
an archaeological wound.
Will she expose it?
Or cover it with a thick layer of a morning dream?4
A figure, a passerby: the stranger, the observer, researcher, curator.5
She switches on the lights and collects her thoughts:
crawling away from her, she throws open the window.
The room spreads its limbs,
It takes a deep breath.6
A haunting moment in the timeline,
She takes a step back.
The atelier never could scare her.
– The Students’ Biennale 2016 Curatorial Team
1 A minimal poem by Aram Saroyan
2 On Bazaar Road in Jew Town, Fort Kochi, where the7 venues of the Students’ Biennale 2016 are located.
3 Fumes, Hydrochloric acid released from cracks in the walls. Obscure smoke entering her body and mind.
4 With half drawn, sculpted figures, canvases, dirty corridors, stacks of left over objects, plastic-wrapped sculptures, easels, pedestals, stone and clay, college mats, broken furniture, notice boards, rejected moulds- art travelling from remote places settle in the room. Daunting sounds escape into the rainy streets.
5 Smelling of the man from the ground floor, having an elusive thought he had had moments before.
6 The same point of exhalation experienced while moving though the exhibit.
LIST OF INSTITUTES
- Government College of Art and Craft, Guwahati, Assam
Dharmendra Prasad, Anupam Saikia, Ankan Dutta, Kartik Lhkar, Samudragupta Rabha, Sanjib Kalita, Pankaj Sarma, Rahul Lahon
- North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya
Rahul Surong, Apsharai Mawthoh, Rembrandt Iakmenlang Kharnaior, Treibor Mawlong, Afreen Kraipak Khyriem, AibanKitlang Marwein, Ariopaggos Manners, Barikupar Paswett, Dondor Kharbudon, Christopher Wahlang, Balapdianghun Nongrum, Wandameri Pariong, Bijoy Chakma, Jeffrey Lyndoh Mawlong, Kyrmendang Shabong, Micky Mawlong , Daniel Kharkrang, Kynsaiborlang Rynjah
- Imphal Art College, Imphal, Manipur
Samson Salam, Nirpen Loitongbam, Bachaspatimayum Arbind Sharma, Surjit Nongmeikapam, Lenin Kshetrimayum, Pram, Kumar Khumanthem, RK Bony , Renuka Soraisam, Irengbam Thawan, Bidai, Sweetie Sapam, Kiran Dolly Sapam
- Aizawl Artists
Lalhmingmawii, Jubal Lalruatdika, Remruatkima, James Khamliansawma, Lalthlanchhuaha, Vansanglura, Isaacs Malsawmtluanga
- Tripura University, Agartala, Tripura
Subho Debnath, Raju Debnath, Siddharta Shil, Debojit Rudrapal, Swarwim Das, Krishor Kr. Mondal, Chandra Banik
- West Bengal
- Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal
Bijith.R., Rangskhembor Mawblei, Sayantan Samanta, Suman Chandra, Supriyo Manna, Samiksha
- College of Art & Design, Burdwan University, Bardhaman, West Bengal
Rangjib Roy, Rituparna Chakraborty, Prakash Roy, Binod Mallick
- Indian College of Art and Draftmanship, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal
Amitjyoti Barman, Krishnendu Biswas, Olivia Saha, Prithwish Daw, Suresh Singha, Souvik Majumder, Tapas Malik With intervention from Aryama Pal, Annwesha Malakar, Annyasha Dey, Akeemba R. Sangma and Srikanta Roy
- Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, West Bengal
Kanchan Karjee, Indrani Raouth, Joydeep Acharya
- Government Art College, Kolkata, West Bengal
Dipankar Parui, Ritwik Kar, Debaduyti Saha
- Government College of Art and Crafts, Khallikote, Ganjam, Odisha
Sesadev Sagria, Shivani Pattanaik, Saroj Kumar Badatya, Asanta Das, Barun Behere, Deepak Kumar Mandal, Pradumm Maharana, Amiya Ranjan Ojh, Dilip Behera, Krishna Pangi, Sunil Ghadei, Udhab Nayak, Bijay Singh, S Naveen Kumar, Subas Sodi, Asutosh Barik, G Kameswar Rao, Golok Sahu, Rajyashree Sasmal, Tapaswini Majhi, Bibekmaya Sahu, Jyotsna Maharana, Banty Das, Srikanta Behera, Pankaj Mohanty, Kanhu Behera, Bhikari Pradhan, Mrutyunjaya, Babita Behera, Jyotsna Maharana, Sasmita Pradhan, Rama Prasad Biswal, Ram Chandra Majhi, Rahul Kumar, Jyotiprakash Mishra
- B.K. College of Art and Crafts, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Susanta Sahoo, Saroj Rana, Manoranjan, Ardhendu Majhi, Sibdas Sengupta. Julius Das, Basen Tudu, Jayaprada, Nagesh Acharya
- Dhauli College of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Abdul Asif Khan, Udhab Rout
- Balasore Art and Crafts College, Balasore, Odisha
- Bhadrak College of Art and Crafts, Bhadrak, Odisha
- Kalayatan, College of Art and Crafts, Sundargarh, Odisha
Omkar Prasad Singh, Deepti Negi
- Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Swagatika Bhoi, Rupali Kar, Sabyasachi Pattanayak, Nilamadhaba Padhi, Kama
- Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyala, Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh
Ajay Namta, Lokesh Yadav
- Sir. Jamshetjee Jeejebhoy School of Arts, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Sanika Khanvilkar, Aman Negi, Ashwam Salokhe, Raavi Jaltare, Dheeraj Jadhav, Meher Afroz, Ayushi Shriramwar, Arvind Mangal
- School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Divya Agarwal, Shreya Agarwal, Aakash Bhanushali, Arkdev Bhattacharya, Siddharth Chitalia,Ria Das, Aurea D’Cruz, Nikunj Dedhia, Foram Desai, Dannah Desouza, Ankita Dhal, Krutika Dhelia, Swaraj Dhuri, Gaurav Edwankar, Chinmay Gawde, Jash Gohil, Radha Iyer, Megha Jhawar, Ami Joshi, Paulomi Joshi, Gautami Kasat, Nirmohi Kathrecha, Hetvi Lapasia, Shravani Mestry, Abhinav Pahade, Reena Palkar, Siddhesh Patil, Pooja Patre, Mansi Thacker, Eshan Pradhan, Saniya Ranade, Radhika Rathi, Tanishqa Rodrigues, Kalpita Salvi, Vibhavari Sarangan, Shachi Shah, Maryam Sheikh, Swagat Shkokar, Devesh Uniyal, Akash Vishwakarma
- Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, Maharashtra
Kuldeep Patil, Pravin Kewat, Aditya Aneraa, Manoj Darekar, Sunil Suryavanshi, Manasi Palshikar, Priya Dhoot, Smruti Joshi, Swapna Vyas, Nikita Deshpande, Mamta Yeram, Ashwini Pawar, Sneha Chaudhari, Sarang Pharate, Bhushan Mali, Gayatri Kurumkar, Madhuri Kuchekar, Sumit Huddar, Amit Darbastwar
- Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Mangesh Kanade, Sudarshan Sherkhane, Pankaj Lokhande, Pankaj Lokhande, Subham Khaire, Akshay Charlu, Shital Sample, Nitin Shankar Borde, Sunita Bore, Anita Swami, Asha Bobade, Manisha Pawar, Rajendra Sonune, Rohit Chavan, Ankit Ingole
- Government Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Sadhana Bagade, Shubham Wankhede, Arefa Chimthanawala, Shyamal Joharapurkar, Vishal Peshne
- Goa College of Art, Panjim, Goa
Manashri Pai Dukle, Rajaram Naik
- Surat School of Fine Arts, Surat, Gujarat
Pooja Mehta, Milan Padsala, Numan Rawal, Binita Limbani
- Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Vadodara, Gujarat
Arijit Bhattacharya, Mohammed Talha Wahid, Adhika Ferdinand, Oshin Thakkar, Sabyasachi Bhattacharjee, Dinar Sultana, Prachee Batra With contribution from Protyusha Mitra, Priyanka D’souza, Isha Itwala, Abhi Sanghi, Dinesh Solanki, Sahil Ravindra Naik, Shreya Shukla and Johnson Kshetrimayum.
- Madhya Pradesh
- Government College of Fine Arts, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
Abish Nandy, Harshita Nag, Anupriya
- Government Institute of Fine Arts, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Mukesh Rajak, Manisha Bisht, Aditya Chadar, Priyanka Majumdar, Mrityunjay Ajay Punyasi
- Rajasthan School of Art, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Aashu Chawla, Akash Ram
- New Delhi
- College of Art, New Delhi
D.Priyanka Vikrant, Deepanshu, Shubhangi, Manav, Meet Narang, Pranati Das, Bhanu, V. Surya Narayana, Ch. Nookaraju, Ritesh, Elanchezian, Priyadarshini, Anushka Jain, Ridhima, Bhanu Gola, Sultan, Shweta, Biplab
- Shiv Nadar University, New Delhi
Mohit Shelare, Murli Chandora, Tsering Motup, Priyank Gothwal, Priyesh Gothwal, Smita Rajmane, Neeraj Patel, Nidhi Kukreja
- Ambedkar University Delhi, New Delhi
Anshu Jhakar, Kathya Dash, Kaushal Sapre, Khursheed Musthak Ali, Nikhil KC, Praveen Ashokan, Shilpi Agarwal, Tulika Suresh Misra
- Faculty of Fine Arts, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Adil Kalim, Annie Pervez, C.H. Durgaprasad, Khandakar Ohida, Neha Angaria, Pradeep Kumar, Rajdeep Singha, Ravi Kumar Chaurasiya, Rehan Saifi, Reshma Khatoon, Sabiha, Sahiba Saifi, Subina Gul, Vivek Pal
- Uttar Pradesh
- Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Shikha Patel, Shyam A, Shailja Gautam, Hitesh Chaudhary, Sandeep Kumar Prajapati, Tashi Namgial, Urmila Devi Narsiha, Pankaj Kumar, Rahul Tiwari, Vivek Rawat, Abhishek Kumar, Abhilasha Jaiswal, Jayendra Kumar Yadav
- Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
Ayaan Madaar, Nawazish, Nisha Kumari, Navneet Kumar, Zainul Abdeen, Rukhsana Ansari, Sadaf Khatoon, Samreen Khan, Sumayya Mushtaq, Kainat Zehra, Ifra Mujahid, Nishitha Agarwal, Tayyad Hussain, Mohammad Swaleh, Ramkishan, Yadav, Sabir Khan, Nagma Shamim, Sheeba Mashkoor, Saifuddin Ansari, Ranjan Kumar Prasad, Faizullah Ahmad
- State Institute of Fine Arts, SUPVA, Rohtak, Haryana
Saini Barkha, Manisha Sharma, Aditi Kadian, Anukriti, Shubham, Ritu Gill
- Department of Fine Arts, KUK, Kurukshetra, Haryana
Rajesh, Manisha, Dibya
- Chandigarh College of Art, Chandigarh
Neelima Patel, Veenu Aggarwal, Vibha Jindal, Jyoti Khorwal, Manoj Kumar, Santosh Kumar
- College of Arts & Crafts, Patna University, Patna, Bihar
Vishendra Narayan Singh, Chandan Kumar
- Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Kashmir
Khutul Abyad, Saqib Bhat, Maria Shahmiri, Zaid Bhat, Arbila Fayaz, Qazi Tabiah, Numair Qadri, Owais Ahmad, Rayees Gulzar, Anis Wani, Muzamil Aftab, Saiful Mir, Asif
- College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, Karnataka
Anusha Vikram, Munira Dewan, Anand Shenoy, Keerthana Chandragiri, Chathuri Nissansala, Arpitha Prasanna, Kiran Joan,Roopa Kangovi
- Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore, Karnataka
Pooja SI, Avinash Maski, Partha Banik
- Faculty of Fine Arts, Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka
Kiran Rajshekar, Whahab, Pradeep R.G., Harsha K.R.
- University College of Arts, Tumkur University, Tumkur, Karnataka
Ashwini, Chandru, Dhanjaya, Deepa, Vijaykumar
- Mahalasa College of Visual Art, Mangalore, Karnataka
Shiva, Jyothsna Betha, Shashwath Kini, Sowmya Bhat
- Tamil Nadu
- Government College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu
Deveraj, Jayabrabu. B, Ayyappan, Thishanthan. S, Oviya, Ranjith Kumar. P, Ranjithan. G, Murugaswamy, Jeevarathinam, SriHari. G, Vishnu. J. Nair, Karthik. S, Divya. P, Megaladevi. B, Oviya. P, Yoga Preetha. N, Parthick, Agilan
- Government College of Art, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Sindhuja, Deepika, Karthik, Thalamuthu, Pandiselvam, Kanal, Kameshwaran, Saranraj, Amirthalingam, Sandhya, Padmapriya, Sandhya, Priya, Mooveridharn, Prakash, Ethiraj, Vinod, Vishnu
- Raja Ravivarma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikkara, Kerala
Anoop Kumar, Jithn T. Joy, Sreelakshmi K.S., Pavishankar K.P., Anuraj Anandan, Gokul Krishnan, Akshaya O.P., Rahul G.R., Jitin Jayakumar, Akhil.S, Shinju.N, Subith.A.K, Vinu Raj, Vineeth, Helena Merin Joseph, Ananthu
- Sree Sankaracharya University, Kalady, Kerala
Sarath Sasi, Nanda Kumar, Arun K.R., Lexmi.S.S, Sree Kumar
- RLV College of Music & Fine Arts, Ernakulum, Kerala
Reshma S.M., Sangeeth Sivan, Joseph Joyson, Kunji Kuttan
- Thrissur College of Fine Arts, Thrissur, Kerala
Prajesh M.P., Basil Varghese, Saranya S., Athira K. Anu, Vivek Das, Midhun Vijayan, Sudheendra Das, Sreejith Kumbla
- College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Nitin, Jerry Thouseef, Sivan Kutty, Tito, Rajneesh, Yadhu, Jishnu, Reshma, Milan, Jees, Jinin, Akash, Rajesh, Remya, Abin, Kiran
- Andhra Pradesh
- Department of Fine Arts, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Rajasekhar Tippana, Prathyusha Naralasetti, M. Rambabu, M. Vasavai, B. Maruthi Manohar, M. Rama Devi, Peddinti SriKavya, Krupavaram Konda, K. Srinivasa Rao
- Department of Fine Arts, S.N. School, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana
Pallav Saika, Dhrubajit Sarma, Anju Acharya
- College of Fine Arts, JNA & FAU, Hyderabad, Telangana
Ajit Kumar Ajit Kumar is presently pursuing his M.Phil in Visual Studies from School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He taught at Department of Fine Arts, Kurukshetra University, Haryana as an Assistant Professor in Art History and Painting after a dual Post-Graduation in Arts and Aesthetics from JNU, New Delhi. He completed his BFA (at College of Art and Design, University of Burdwan, West Bengal) and MFA (at S.N. School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, Telangana) in Painting. He was a recipient of the Student Achievement Award from University of Hyderabad, India in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He has participated in workshops Keep The Canvas Rolling, Kashmir art Quest, at JNU, New Delhi, India, 2014., a site specific installation workshop with Paula Sengupta at University of Hyderabad, 2011, a comics workshop with Bharat Murthy, S.N. School of Arts and Communication, Hyderabad University, 2010, and a paper making workshop with The Zest Group, Kolkata, 2008. His art work deals with issues of migration and identity. As an artist and a research scholar his interest lies in folk arts, caste and gender.
Aryakrishnan Ramakrishnan Aryakrishnan is a researcher and artist based in New Delhi. He completed his MA in Visual Arts from the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi in 2014. He was a young curator for the Students’ Biennale 2014, for which he curated the work of students from the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, Jammu and Kashmir University. Along with Juggleheads, he curated the shows ‘stutter in your eloquence’ (2014) at BC Gallery Cochin and ‘stutter in your eloquence-II’ (2015) at Ambedkar University Delhi. Along with Karthik KG he did a proposal on Dara Shikoh Library, for ‘Reimagining the Question of Cultural Infrastructure’ at Insert 2014 curated by Raqs Media Collective. With Clive Snook, he curated ‘Flora, Fauna and spirit’ (2012) an exhibition of indigenous art and craft practices from India at Gallery 360, Thiruvananthapuram. As an artist he explores a mixture of medium and forms from drawing to poetry and performance. His art practice is closely connected to his other interests and everyday life, taking energy from different fields, like the practices of his friend and transgender activist Sweet Maria, who was murdered at her home for her constant provocations and claims over public through her gender non-conformity. His ongoing project ‘Sweet Maria Monument’ is based on ephemeral queer archives in which he collaborates with artists and activists to re-create an imaginary archive.
Faiza Hasan Faiza Hasan is primarily a watercolorist who frequently incorporates embroidery, fabric and found objects into her work that often culminates together into installation like displays. Through her work, she is interested in understanding structures and ideas around socially constructed perceptions and norms, around hierarchy and violence. Nearly always, the woman is the protagonist in her work. Most recently, Hasan has been part of a month long artist exchange programme at Bordeaux Metropole, France. She received her Bachelor’s degree in painting from JNA&FAU in 2011 with the Gold Medal for Best Outgoing Student (Painting) 2011, as well as the Pervaram Santaji Gold Medal (B.F.A Painting) 2011. Following which, she received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts (Art History) from the University of Hyderabad in 2014 with the University of Hyderabad gold medal. She was one of the curators of the Student’s Biennale at the Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2014 and a part of the Khoj Peers Residency in 2015. Her group shows include the recent ‘Blurred Gazes’ that was curated by Anja Ellenberger at Kalakriti Art Gallery, 2015 and ‘How strong the breeze, how precious the flight’ at the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, 2014.
Harshita Bathwal Harshita Bathwal pursued Science in school, nearly sat for IIT entrance test, before graduating in English Honours from Delhi University. Studying Humanities was a major turning point in her life and continues to be so in ways inevitable. She completed her MA in Arts and Aesthetics from JNU, during which she curated an art exhibition in the department. She is grateful for the interdisciplinarity that the MA course had to offer, which forms the basis of her understanding of art. She is currently pursuing MPhil in Visual Studies from the same department.
C. P. Krishnapriya C.P.Krishnapriya is a practicing visual artist based in Chennai. She completed her Masters from the Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Her work is multidisciplinary in nature; she uses paintings, drawings, collage, found objects and sculptural installations to engage with her concerns. Her works primarily deal with the self and its relationship with its environment. History and local political discourses are also woven into the imagery that she creates. She teaches art and is interested in understanding the process of art pedagogy. Her other interests are contemporary art practices, history, theatre and environmental studies. She has been part of numerous art exhibitions and art camps. She is also part of art collectives and groups based in Chennai.
Naveen Mahantesh Naveen Mahantesh’s practice lies at the intersection of art, architecture and the city. He is involved in creative research with a love for urban life. His past projects includes, working with teams of artists and curators and engaging with ideas of placing art in the public realm while considering the city as a studio. His projects provide alternate perspectives for the banal routines, take inspiration from urban myths, and engage within the ecologies that the city thrives upon. Naveen Mahantesh is the principal architect of CRESARC, a design firm based in Bangalore. His projects and propositions have been a part of Sarai-Reader-Exhibition’09 (2013) and Insert (2014), curated by Raqs Media Collective; Mediating Modernities (2013) at Srishti School of Design; design for change at TEDx-R.V.Vidyaniketan (2013), Bangalore; and FOA-FLUX-art|life|technology Symposium at Swissnex (2015). He received a grant from KHOJ (2013) for his collaborative project Ecologies of the excess, and as part of 080:30, he received a grant from India Foundation for the Arts – Project560 -Found space (2014) project that intimately situated art within the fabric of Bangalore city. He has been a City as Studio fellow (2013) at Sarai-CSDS., and a Visiting Faculty and critic for architectural design at design institutes in Bangalore including R.V School of Architecture and SIT, Tumkur. His recent talks include a presentation at the Washington Project for Arts; Washington DC, the department of Cultural Affairs for Arlington County (2015) and International Studio for Curatorial Practices (ISCP), New York City. He was the resident curator at ISCP , Brooklyn – New York (2015), sponsored by INLAKS.
Noman Ammouri Noman Ammouri is an independent curator and visual artist based in Hyderabad. He holds a Master’s degree in Art History from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University of Santiniketan (2013) and a Bachelor’s degree in Painting from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts University, Hyderabad (2009). He has contributed essays to art journals, catalogues, and other important academic publications. His areas of interest include curating contemporary art and culture in social context, media and literary theory, philosophy, cinema and literature. His recent curatorial projects include Reclaiming Voices (2014) and Bracket (2015) at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad. Noman’s curatorial practice is based on notions of identity, belongingness and displacement. Continuing his work as an artist and writer, Noman is currently working on a series of exhibitions with a focus on artists from Baroda and Hyderabad at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad.
Paribartana Mohanty Paribartana Mohanty is Delhi-based artist who works in video, performance, writing and in collaborative practice. He completed his Master in History of Art from National Museum Institute, New Delhi, 2006 and Bachelor’s degree from Dhauli College of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar, 2004. He is the recipient of FICA’s Emerging Artist Award 2010 and the ‘City as Studio’ Sarai-CSDS Media Lab Associate Fellowship for Contemporary Art and Media Practices. He had his first solo exhibition ‘Kino is the Name of a Forest’ in 2012 at Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi. He was part of an art and science residency at KHOJ International artist Association, New Delhi. In 2014, he was selected for the international creator residency, Tokyo wonder site, Japan. He also works with collectives like WALA, BMSC and Baoli Tarehd that engage with public, community building, performance, site-specific art projects, research and documentation.
Rajyashri Goody Rajyashri Goody is a visual artist and ethnographer currently living in Pune. She completed her MA in Visual Anthropology from the Granada Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester in 2013. In 2014, she was involved in a series of public art interventions through grassroots multidisciplinary arts platform The Good Artists of Pune, and was a working group member as well as participating artist for the Khoj International Artists Workshop, Pune, which was held in February 2015. Rajyashri finds community based practice, socially engaged art, and themes of art as activism particularly engaging. Grounded in the principles of visual anthropology, her research interests span caste and class structure and interpretations of hierarchical patterns in societies, as well as connotations of identity, individualism, freedom, and security amongst youth; themes that she has been exploring both in India as well as in Taiwan during a recent artist residency at Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei.
Sarojini Lewis In all of the work, regardless if it is her own visual work or a curated project, there is a fascination with history, both of the landscape, the city, the environment and its user. What would unite them, what kind of view is there, on what is it focused? Repetitive elements in her visual work are photographs of objects, people and moments that reveal forgotten situations. Objects are functioning as traces. Fragments creating narratives. Sarojini Lewis has a fine art back ground with a specialisation in photography, she is working as an artist and a curator with a specialisation in photography and fine art. In her works she combines text and image in conceptual installations and performances. Sarojini participated and showed her work in several international projects and in the Netherlands. In 2011 she received a Photography Award by Edinburgh College of Art during the MFA in Fine Art Photography. Several works are in permanent collections such as The Tate Library Book Art Collection, The British Library and the Tropenmuseum. In 2012 she was selected for several artist residencies in Buenos Aires and Medellin. In 2013 the group exhibition Rephrasing Memory was realised in Amsterdam and Rotterdam showing 35 artist from Latin America and The Netherlands. In 2014 Fragmented Narration was the second part and a similar group exhibition shown in Sao Paulo and Medellin. In 2015 she was selected by the Goethe Institut for an artist residency in Dresden in Germany.
Shatavisha Mustafi After graduating from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in Comparative Literature, Shatavisha Mustafi moved to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi for her Masters in the School of Arts and Aesthetics. She has presented research papers in several conferences on curatorial practices and various visual and performing art forms, across India, including the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014. She co-curated an exhibition titled ‘The Missing Pavilion’ in JNU. She has worked as a research coordinator and web content developer with organisations like Artsome and Sahapedia; acted as a museum and teaching facilitator with FlowIndia; interned with India Artfair 2014; and briefly assisted Samit Das as a researcher for an exhibition. She was awarded a two-month fellowship titled ‘Researching the Contemporary’ from Center for Studies in Developing States, Delhi in the year 2015. She has received training in Fine Arts, Bharatnatyam and Kathak. She is currently based in New Delhi and is presently pursuing her M. Phil in Visual Studies on ‘Art Forgeries in Indian Art’ in JNU.
Shruti Ramlingaiah A researcher and curator based in Mumbai. After her graduation in Painting from Sir J.J School of Art, Shruti completed her post-graduation in Museology from M.S University Vadodara. She began her career as curatorial assistant at Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur on archival and temporary exhibitions. In 2011, she went to do masters in Art History and Visual Studies at University of Hyderabad. Meanwhile she has worked at Dakshinachitra, a vernacular cross -cultural art museum in south India in 2012 and worked as Project Assistant on transliteration of manuscript at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore in 2013. Her research extended to archival and documentation of traditional art form, hase in Karnataka organised by IGNCA Bangalore. She was awarded scholarship for her research by Lalit Kala Akademi in 2013- 14. She has worked as Deputy Curator, exhibitions at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai from 2014-2016.
Sumitra Sunder Sumitra Sunder is a researcher and PhD scholar, currently working on a doctorate in contemporary arts practice at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore. The focus points of the doctoral project are to look at the shifts towards non-monopolistic and inclusive creative as well as the impact of the neoliberal economy on Urban Arts Practice. Trained as an art historian, she has also worked in various capacities in the arts and cultural sector since graduating in 2007. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art History from the College of Fine arts in Bangalore and a Masters in Museology from the National Museum Institute in New Delhi. The responsibilities she has held range from pursuing academic research in the arts to writing and articulating her experiences in the field in the form of short articles and papers. During the years between her masters and beginning doctoral work, she gathered experience with documentation/cataloguing of art objects, art gallery management as well as writing.
Vivek Chockalingam Vivek Chockalingam is an artist/curator currently residing in Bangalore. After completing his undergraduate in product design from Srishti school of Art, Design and Technology, 2008, he started practicing art. His work began growing in physical size and hence he did an architecture course from Sci-Arc, LA, USA, 2014 (scholarship). His body of work includes public art projects, commissions, large-scale installation work and other diverse projects. The focus is mainly in producing experiential works exploring contextual scenarios. The work often emphasis on the process of creation and allows for collaborations with people from various disciplines. More recently he has been playing the role of a curator and over the last year and a half his home has organically transformed into an artist residency/gallery space – Walkin Studios. This space encourages unique process based approaches with a strong emphasis on ‘hands-on’ experimenting.
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