Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Fwd: André Luetzen's 'Living Climate: A Tale of Three Cities' | January 17 - February 28 | URU art harbour

We are happy to announce André Luetzen's Living Climate: A Tale of Three Cities, an exhibition of photographs focusing on three cities with different weather conditions: Kochi in Southern India, Arkhangelsk in North-West Russia and Khartoum in Sudan.

In 'Living Climate: A Tale of Three Cities' André Luetzen approaches the question of how climate influences people and their ways of living. He documented how climate defines living situations and effect a diverse interplay between private and public. All photographs were taken between 2014 and 2017.


The exhibition will open on January 17, 2018, at URU art harbour, Kochangadi, and will remain open until February 28, 2018The exhibition is conducted with the support of Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.

Mattancherry Series as part of Mattancherry curated by Riyas Komu
 André Luetzen, Tale of Three Cities, Arkhangelsk - Zhili Byli, 2014 

"Zhili Byli" (Once upon a time...) combines images of contemporary living and housing conditions with a series of portraits of residents from the city of Arkhangelsk. This city in northwest Russia is plunged into freezing temperatures for eight months a year, sometimes as low as 40-degrees below zero. The climate makes for an extreme contrast between indoor and outdoor life. Inside pre-fab buildings or wooden houses residents have created cave-like havens of intimacy and comfort where they spend most of the year, while the world on the outside seems strangely neglected.

Mattancherry Series as part of Mattancherry curated by Riyas Komu
 André Luetzen, Tale of Three Cities, Inside Out Kochi, 2015 

"Inside Out" is photographed in Kochi, southern India, during monsoon season: for months the sun is hidden and the city veiled in a clammy, milky grey haze. Heavy rains flood streets and public spaces and force people inside even though living spaces are crowded and the heat is suffocating. The pictures of this series focus on the life and living conditions in the city of Kochi during these monsoon months.

Mattancherry Series as part of Mattancherry curated by Riyas Komu
 André Luetzen, Tale of Three Cities, Khartoum, 2016/17 

Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, is located where the Blue Nile and White Nile Rivers converge. The huge, spread-out city actually consists of three distinct cities which are divided by the Nile and its two arms. The sub-Saharan desert climate produces a dry heat of 46 degrees. As in Arkhangelsk and Kochi, here too, the climate makes for an extreme contrast between indoor and outdoor life.


Born in 1963 in Hamburg, André Lützen studied visual communication at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and at the International Center of Photography New York. He has received various awards for his work, which has been shown in numerous exhibitions such as the Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, the Krefelder Kunstmuseen, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groningen, at the New York Photo Festival and at Photo Espana.

His photography has been published in several monographs: Generation Boul Fale (2001), Loch im Kopf (2005), Before Elvis there was nothing (2008), Public Private Hanoi (2010), Zhili Byli (2014), Inside Out Kochi (2015) and Up-River Book (2017).

André Lützen is represented by the Robert Morat Gallery.

Exhibition opens on January 17, 2018, at:
Supported by:

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fwd: FW: ISCP Residency Call Notice for Artist and Curators



Dear All,


The last date for this call for the ISCP residency has been extended to December 8, 2017.


This is a wonderful opportunity for both young artist and curators.


Please forward this to whoever may be interested.




Gladys Colaco

Inlaks India Foundation


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fwd: FW: Fwd: Invitation | The Real Taste of India | 27 Sept


We invite you the preview of

The Real Taste of India

By Nihaal Faizal and Chinar Shah
27 September - 30 November 2017

Preview: 27 September, 6 - 9pm
'Taste of India', Calgary, Canada - courtesy of yellowpages.ca

With the generous support of Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, Mumbai Art Room will hold its annual exhibition comprising a collaboration between curator-artist Nihaal Faizal and artist-curator Chinar Shah.

Every major city in the world probably has a restaurant called 'Taste of India'. Serving Indian food, these restaurants promise to deliver the essence of India through select menu items, wall hangings and softly audible classical music. A consumable brand offering India on its plate, these restaurants extend themselves as souvenirs. As markers of experience, they summarize an imagination of India consolidating it as take away 'naan bread' or tabletop pictures of Taj Mahal.

Drawing from these restaurants, 'The Real Taste of India' is a commentary on homogenized national identity and the commercialization of culture. 

Chinar Shah is a Bangalore based artist. She runs a home gallery called Home Sweet Home that uses various domestic spaces as a way to make and show work.   She currently teaches at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, where she is a coordinator for photography discipline. Her work 'Silenced Ruptures' (2012) on the Gujarat riots has been part of a travelling memorial exhibition around India. Her recent work 'Aravanis' (2015) was shown at the Tate Liverpool and subsequently at festivals worldwide including the Birmingham Photo Festival and Art Bengaluru. Chinar has also been part of many international artist exchange programs. She is Co-Editor of Photography in India: from Archives to Contemporary Practice (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

Nihaal Faizal is an artist based in Bangalore, India. Working across mediums his practice examines existing technological documents and how they function in the world. He has so far worked with computer desktop backgrounds, popular films, Microsoft PowerPoint, surveillance footage, family photographs, watermarked stock videos and stolen 16mm prints. Apart from his work as an artist, Nihaal has also been involved in the organization of various exhibition projects. These include G.159, a project space he ran between 2013 and 2016 in his student apartment in Yelahanka New Town (Bangalore, India) and an exhibition of the photographic work of his great grandmother, Haleema Hashim (Cochin, India).


'The Real Taste of India' was first conceived as an exhibition by Aileen Blaney, Nihaal Faizal and Chinar Shah titled 'A Bit to Eat' at a Taste of India restaurant in Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore.

The storefront photographs used in this invitation are taken from various online sources, including the official websites of these restaurants.

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