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.
Aicon Gallery is delighted to invite you to a Closing Reception for All About This Side, the first major New York solo exhibition by Delhi-based artist Gigi Scaria. We are also honored to be hosting the artist in discussion with Dr. Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History at Duke University. The discussion will focus on the painful consequences of urban sprawl, rushed city planning, and environmental degradation taking place in expanding cities the world over, a long-standing central concern of Scaria's practice.
Given these issues, we are also happy to announce that Aicon will be donating a percentage of sales from the exhibition to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. We sincerely hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there. Please feel free to reply to this email as an RSVP. You may also view the exhibition works online by clicking on the invite above.
Aicon Gallery, 35 Great Jones Street, (Between Bowery and Lafayette), New York, NY 10012
APPLICATIONS FOR CAMPUS ART DUBAI 2017-18 NOW OPEN
Applications for the sixth edition of Campus Art Dubai (CAD 6.0) are now open.
CAD is a programme for UAE-based artists, writers, curators, designers, architects and cultural producers, that aims to provide a space for critical thinking and the exchange of ideas and skills. It is part of Art Dubai's educational programming, held in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and Dubai Design District (d3) with Art Jameel as the 2017-2018 curatorial partner.
CAD 6.0 will run from October 2017 to February 2018
Vali Mahlouji. Independent Curator and Founder of Archaeology of the Final Decade
NEW DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN ART DUBAI MODERN
In addition to solo- and two-artist displays, the fair will, for the first time, host multi-artist presentations in the Modern section. Furthermore, we are pleased to welcome independent curator and art advisor Vali Mahlouji as a new member to our Advisory Committee.
This year's design takes as its inspiration data and tells the story of Dubai's growth through a series of statistic-based designs. The visuals were developed in collaboration with Dubai-based agency Moloobhoy & Brown.
Building 7, Dubai Design District (d3) PO Box 72645, Dubai, UAE Info@artdubai.ae