Monday, February 4, 2019

Fwd: Urban Ecology Walks and Public Art Making with Vishal Rawlley | Critical Constellations | 4-5 February, 2019





As part of CRITICAL CONSTELLATIONS: 
Urban Ecology Walks and Public Art Making 
with Vishal Rawlley and Tallulah D'Silva 


Upcoming sessions: 
Mon, 4th Feb: Sundar Nursery 
Tues, 5th Feb: Sanjay Van 

11 am - 1 pm 

Vishal Rawlley and Tallulah D'Silva have been conducting lovely ecological walks that involve identifying indigenous plants and trees of Delhi, learning about our flora and fauna, origami art, spotting diverse Indian birds, and nibbling on any nuts and berries we can get our hands on. Ideal for adults and children!

To register for a session, email travellingdome@gmail.com or call 9605604666. 

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Vishal Rawlley has a Diploma in Film and Video Production from Xavier's Institute of Communication, Mumbai. He started his career as a storyboard artist for feature films, before he moved to making documentary films. He has worked for the last decade as a media-practitioner, and on research projects and teaching. He worked with Khoj in 2009 and designed workshops that explored the interjections of digital technologies, public engagement and the arts. He was initiated into the redevelopment programme of the St. Inez creek when he was invited as a consultant by civic authorities in Goa, following which he has been involved in the popular social-media campaign '#CampalCreekSelfie' (St Inez Creek aka Campal Creek) with the NGO Goa ForGiving and Studio7, and initiated a Google mapping project of the walking routes along the St. Inez Creek.

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CRITICAL CONSTELLATIONS
31 January to 9 February 2019
11 am to 7 pm 

Twin Art Gallery 1, 
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) 
#1 Central Vista (CV) Mess, Janpath
New Delhi 110001

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) presents an exhibition titled Critical Constellations, which brings together works and projects of its recent grantees, awarded since 2016 through our annual grants, scholarships and awards. It also includes three renditions of the 'Reading Room' – where we invited to artists to conceptualise reading spaces that explore the format of the book, and the relationship between image, speech, and text. The title Critical Constellations is an ode to the German philosopher and thinker Walter Benjamin, who, throughout his writings, referred to this concept as a poetics of reading and as a working method.

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D 53, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024, India 

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Lado Sarai, New Delhi 110030, India
                                                                                                                    

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Fwd: Preview: Critical Constellations: An exhibition of FICA Grantees and The Reading Room Artist Projects | 31 January 2019 | Twin Art Gallery 1, IGNCA






CRITICAL CONSTELLATIONS 
An exhibition featuring

FICA Grantees

 
Benitha Perciyal
Varunika Saraf
Moonis Ahmad Shah
Sohrab Hura

Malik Sajad
Devashish Sharma
Vishal Rawlley
Meenakshi Thirukode

Infrastructures of the Otherwise,
a curatorial project in collaboration with
G-159, collectorspace, and C&G Artpartment

 


The Reading Room | Artists Projects 

Nilanjana Nandy 
Read Aloud in Your Mind


Renuka Rajiv
Monument Mausoleum

Vasudha Thozhur 
Listening Post

With contributions by Gauri Gill, Mithu Sen, Angad Nair, Arshad Hakim, Kumari Ranjeeta, Neha Thakar, Sohrab Hura, Benitha Perciyal, Priyank Gothwal, Priyesh Gothwal, Sonam Chaturvedi, Rakhi Peswani, S Ayyappan, K Deepika, P Devaraj, P Divya, S Kamal, S Karthik, B Megaladevi, R Moovendhran, K  Padmapriya, C  Pandiselvam, H  Priya, P Ranjithkumar, A Sandhiya, V  Saran Raj, M Sinduja, G Srihari, A Thalamuthu, Vishnu J Nair, M Vishnu, N Yogapreetha, Anupam Roy, Kuldeep Patil, Arindam Manna and Raqs Media Collective


Preview: 31 January 2019 | 6 pm
Twin Art Gallery 1
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)
1 Central Vista (CV) Mess, Janpath, Delhi - 110001


Exhibition on view until
9 February 2019  | 11 am – 7 pm



Exhibition supported by Priya and Gaurav Goel

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) presents an exhibition titled Critical Constellations, which brings together works and projects of its recent grantees, awarded since 2016 through our annual grants, scholarships and awards. It also includes three renditions of the 'Reading Room' – where we invited to artists to conceptualise reading spaces that explore the format of the book, and the relationship between image, speech, and text.

The title Critical Constellations is an ode to the German philosopher and thinker Walter Benjamin, who, throughout his writings, referred to this concept as a poetics of reading and as a working method. The 'constellation' in Benjaminian terms is an "instantaneous, relational figure of epistemological, historico-political and literary objects, defined by the relation of the individual objects to each other and to the viewer; and it can be grasped only instantaneously and only from a specific viewer's standpoint."*

Since 2014 FICA has been creating exhibitory platforms that bring together its various grantees to create these points of intersection between the projects supported in the recent years. These include research grants, public art grants, and artists' grants. The grant giving at FICA focuses on producing altered conditions under which practitioners can work and think. Here the emphasis is on research, mentorship, methodologies and open-ended explorations that allow for practices to emerge from the processes. It has also been our interest to embed these practices in different frameworks where they are valued for the knowledge they produce and the solidarities they forge. And that is where FICA's work in the field of art education takes its cues from, using practice as a springboard to instigate new modes of learning and dialogue.

The exhibition, while remaining rather open-ended and focusing on the projects and works that the grantees want to present, also returns to the question of the institution that we are making in the process. Using the phrase How Institutions Think from Paul O Neill and Mick Wilson, which they in turn borrow from the anthropologist Mary Douglas, we would like to reflect on this 'thought collective' that is produced by an institution like FICA – to ponder over the constellations that are illuminated via the juxtapositions.

The works in the exhibition offer an insight into the ongoing enquiries of the artists: on fictionalising the archive for Moonis Ahmad Shah to question its constitution, boundaries and representation; on another kind of archive of the proliferating and disorienting image in a post-truth world, in the case of Sohrab Hura; with the role of art as document and testimony in the graphic storytelling of Malik Sajad; and a conceptually and materially rooted engagement with traditional practices and techniques in the cases of Varunika Saraf and Benitha Perciyal, which offer an imbricated understanding of the past and present.

The exhibition contains documentation from the community-based art projects undertaken to revive the St. Inez Creek in Panjim by Vishal Rawlley; and the setting up of a school museum in dialogue with children in the tribal villages of Kumharapara and Balengapara, Chattisgarh, in the case of Devashish Sharma; as well as a curatorial project by Meenakshi Thirukode which brings together three case studies of small-scale art institutions in Bangalore, Hong Kong, and Istanbul, as working models of alternate infrastructures.   

The second part of the exhibition contains three special artists' projects that engage with Reading Spaces. Given that FICA's core space is a Reading Room with a collection dedicated to contemporary art publications, we invited three artists to imagine the Reading Room as an artistic proposition.

While Renuka Rajiv and Nilanjana Nandy will create installations to engage with their zines and artists' books, playing with the physical and conceptual relationship between books and spaces, Vasudha Thozhur will revisit and extend an older projectan installation of eight sets of listening and reading stations from 2007, inviting other practitioners to use the posts to share their projects alongside hers.

Titled Listening Post, with this project Thozhur collaborates with FICA to create a discursive platform for dissemination, as opposed to a stage for the artist/author, through an artwork that gathers different kinds of histories and continually morphs by virtue of the fluidity of its function. The posts will contain contributions which include artists' books, audio and video pieces, as well as art works that engage with intimate and vital acts of reading, listening, and communication. Raqs Media Collective's two-channel video projection Strikes at Time from 2013 will also be part of this project.   



Thinking in Constellations: Walter Benjamin in the Humanities, (ed.) Nassima Sahraoul & Caroline Sauter, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018



The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) is a non-profit organisation that aims to broaden the audience for contemporary Indian art, enhance opportunities for artists, and establish a continuous dialogue between the arts and the public through education and active participation in public art projects and funding.
 
                                                  

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA)                             
D 53, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024, India 

FICA Reading Room
F/213 E/2, Second Floor, Old Mehrauli-Badarpur Road,
Lado Sarai, New Delhi 110030, India
                                                                                                                    

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