The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) is pleased to announce Samudra Kajal Saikia as the recipient of the Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2013 for his research project titled The Delhi Chapter, Understanding Performance as Art and Beyond: Multiplied Gaze.
The members of the jury were Yashodhara Dalmia,Shukla Sawant, Roobina Korade and Vidya Shivadas.
The Delhi Chapter, Understanding Performance as Art and Beyond: Multiplied Gaze
Saikia's proposal is for a research and documentation project that engages in historicizing new trends in Performance Art in India. Tracing history and evidences in the last three decades this project addresses some of the most important research queries pertaining to performance art in India, and its new roles in the recent past. The Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2013 will specifically support the first step in his larger research journey, titled The Delhi Chapter. The research will be undertaken in three stages - The first will focus on key concepts such as: body, space and spectatorship. The second developmental stage concerns with the artists' selection, selection of groups or agencies and spatial experiences. The third critical stage will be based on captured audio visual documentation and collected archival material.
The jury appreciated Saikia's well rounded approach to his subject, focusing both on documenting contemporary art practices and simultaneously studying these trends in a historical context through the prisms of methods, concepts and writings. The jury found the research questions that the proposal brought up extremely relevant to today's context where boundaries between various creative practices are being slowly blurred. They also felt that Saikia's own work in the field of performance art gave him an added advantage to engage with his subject more thoroughly and develop methods which draws from outside mainstream art history and documentation.
Samudra Kajal Saikia
Saikia is a practitioner of interdisciplinary art including performance, public and video art. He is also a poet, researcher and writer. He has a Masters in Visual Art (specialization in Art History) from Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda. He is the creative director of Kathputlee Arts and Films, New Delhi. Saikia is also engaged with a self-driven theatrical practice called 'Disposable Theatre'. He is the recipient of the FICA Public Art Grant 2010.
Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant
The Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant, instituted by The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) with the support of Yashodhara Dalmia, aims to encourage research in the field of Indian modern and contemporary art. The grant amount of Rs 2 lakh will support one research project a year.
The Grant aims to encourage individuals who are committed to researching in the field of visual arts with particular focus on Indian modern and contemporary art. This could include important first-hand research and archiving of art and art historical material, or a critical study of Indian art history, art criticism and practice, or an interdisciplinary analysis of the theory and practice in the visual arts, or studies in the related domains of curation, exhibitions, collection and the art economy.