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FICA Homepage 2014 | Preview: 24 July 2014
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The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art presents
Homepage 2014
Exhibitions. Talks. Workshops
Preview: 24 July 2014, Thursday, 6-10pm
The exhibition will remain open from 25 July – 06 September, 2014
Vadehra Art Gallery
D-53, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110020
FICA presents Homepage, a 6-week programme featuring exhibitions and projects facilitated by the Foundation, and an exciting line-up of talks and workshops focused on young artists, curators and art educators. As the title suggests the exhibition brings to a single site an array of art events and shows all focusing on key areas of FICA's work in the arts that includes support, art education and outreach.
Exhibitions and Projects on view

LIFETIMESGipin Varghese
A solo exhibition by FICA Emerging Artist Award 2012

Gipin Varghese's first solo exhibition titled Lifetimes features a body of works that he has produced over the last two years while exploring personal methodologies for relooking at news and imagery of violence, death and struggle emerging from non-urban contexts within India. Employing a semi-illustrative language Gipin Varghese goes about 're-documenting' popular images from sensationalised news stories. Through this slow act of capturing on paper with paint the flashing news images about social violence, he pays tribute to the human element of loss, suffering and struggle that are the realities that are forgotten by today's fast-paced world. The works from this exhibition are about the lives of ordinary men and women whose bodies slowly ebb away under their daily struggle against systems that exclude them and their needs. Their stark frames, gestures, and postures, amplify the hardship and violence that the bodies are put under, yet shy away from creating a sense of spectacle or shock.
Varghese completed his BFA Painting from College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum, MFA Painting from Hyderabad Central University, and finished his PhD on mural and alter paintings of Kerala churches from MG University, Kottayam, Kerala, in 2010. Varghese received the FICA Emerging Artist Award 2012 and traveled on a studio-residency to HSLU Luzern, Switzerland, through FICA's collaboration with Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi. He has participated in group shows at Religare, Vadehra Art Gallery, and Sakshi Gallery, and most recently showed at Erfrischungsraum, HSLU, Luzern, Switzerland in 2013.
Suddenly this overview,  reading the literal – a curatorial project by FICA Research Fellow 2014 Srajana Kaikini
Srajana Kaikini is a writer, curator, and researcher based out of Bangalore. After graduating in Architecture she completed her post-graduation in Arts and Aesthetics from JNU. She took part in de Appel's Curatorial Programme 2012/13 in Amsterdam where she co-curated with her colleagues the exhibition Bourgeois Leftovers. She is presently works as consulting curator at MOD Institute, Bangalore. Her writing extends beyond academia into poetry, cinema and travel, and she is also a trained classical Odissi dancer. 
Following her de Appel programme Kaikini received the FICA Research Fellowship and spent three months at Delfina Foundation, Iniva and Goldsmiths Curatorial/Knowledge, London, where she extended her research on the theories of suggestions – rasa/dhvani - its intersections with ideas from Symbolist and Concrete poetry, and the role of the 'literal' object and the object 'letter' in contemporary art practices. As a part of this exhibition Kaikini has curated a (work-in-progress) virtual exhibition, a blueprint of sorts of her ideas and research that was conducted in London.
Kachra Seth's Observatory - by WALA (Sujit Mallick + Akansha Rastogi + Paribartana Mohanty) from their public art project supported by FICA Public Art Grant 2011

WALA is a New Delhi-based collective formed in 2009 by Sujit Mallick, Paribartana Mohanty and Akansha Rastogi. WALA sees itself as a producer of situations, encounters, devices and formats that allow dialogues to occur with or without the artists' presence, through performance and community art projects. 

WALA received the FICA Public Art Grant 2011 for the performance-project Kachra Seth's Observatory. The project presented here has evolved from this two-year long engagement with the city of Delhi using modes of performance and dialogue. They have also participated in Sarai Reader 09 Exhibition curated by Raqs Media Collective, and produced the film project We in One Room Kitchen Field in collaboration with Kush Bahdwar which was screened in Germany (in an exhibition organised by Moritz Fingerhut) and Canada (as part of SAVAC Monitor 10, Film Festival curated by Shai Heredia) and four versions of the film were also screened at the Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon in 2012.
River Stroke – by Neha Thakar of her project at Eawag, Switzerland
Neha Thakar completed her degree in accountancy before shifting to study and specialise in painting from the M.S. University of Baroda. Since then she has been practicing as an independent artist based out of Baroda. She has participated in several group shows in India, and most recently had a solo show as part of by the Cultural Ministry of Hamburg, Germany (2013).
This work was created by Neha Thakar as part of the artists-in-labs Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK/ICS) in the Swiss Science Lab entitled Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Duebendorf, Switzerland. While the EAWAG team was investigating the collective imagination of rivers in the minds of the local people with the aim to analyze how science has been central to this process of imagining, Neha's project presented an abstract yet visually layered language to reimagining this relationship between water bodies and human community.

This project was supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia New Delhi/Zurich and Swissnex Bangalore.
Talks & Workshops

25 July 2014 | 5:00pm – Suddenly this overview, reading the literal – Project presentation and reading session by Srajana Kaikini | Vadehra Art Gallery, D53, Defence Colony

28 July 2014 | 6:30pm – – Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession) – Public lecture by Documenta 14 curator Adam Szymczyk, moderated by Geeta Kapur | Presented in collaboration with Pro Helvetia New Delhi and IIC | India International Centre (Multipurpose Hall, Kamadevi Complex)

31 July 2014 | 5:00 -7:00pm – More Than Luck: Making Things Work For Emerging Artists - Talk by Annapurna Garimella | Vadehra Art Gallery, D53, Defence Colony

16 August 2014 | 6pm - Manifested - Performance and Activism through intercultural exchange - Presentation by Julia Villaseñor Bell and Priyanka Choudhary | Vadehra Art Gallery, D53, Defence Colony

16 August 2014 | Learning with Art: Further Explorations – An art education symposium with artists and educators | By invitation only | FICA Reading Room, D42 Defence Colony

22 August 2014 | 6:00pm – Presentation by Aastha Chauhan | Vadehra Art Gallery, D53, Defence Colony

23 August 2014 | 4:00-6:00pm: The Fort – theatre workshop for elementary school teachers by Maya Krishna Rao | By registration only | Vadehra Art Gallery, D53, Defence Colony

30 August 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00pm: Documentation in Practice - Public Lecture by Mrinalini Venkateshwaran, Eka - Cultural Resources and Research | Vadehra Art Gallery, D53, Defence Colony

04 – 19 August 2014 | anecDOTes is a 14 day long series of actions by Samudra Kajal Saikia –  as part of his work for Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2013 | By invitation only | Vadehra Art Gallery, D53, Defence Colony

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