Friday, September 5, 2014

Fwd: Closing event - FICA Homepage 2014 | Public Lecture by Vasudha Thozhur

As FICA's Homepage 2014 comes to an close we invite you to

Institutionalizing Practice and Practicing the Institution

A Public Lecture by Vasudha Thozhur

Discussant: Santhosh Sadanand

on Saturday, 06 September 2014, 6pm
at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110020
As part of the current project of setting up a Fine Art department at the Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida, this paper looks at curriculum-making and its outcome from a practice-based perspective. It examines ways of widening the scope as well as the depth of some of the perceptions that surround the attempt and at the possibility of structural change at the root of understanding terms that we commonly use. 

Vasudha Thozhur is a painter who studied at the College of Arts and Crafts, Madras and the School of Art and Design, Croydon, UK. She is currently Associate Professor and part of the core group that is involved in setting up the MFA program for the Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts at Shiv Nadar University. She has also taught and held workshops as visiting faculty at M.S University, Baroda, NID, Ahmedabad and IICD, Jaipur. Thozhur received two grants from the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore (2004–06 & 2009–11) to carry on a research project 'The Himmat Workshops', in collaboration with the activist organization Himmat that was set up in Vatva, Ahmedabad during the Gujarat communal carnage of 2002.  

Santhosh Sadanandan is Assistant Professor at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University, Delhi. He trained in Art History and Criticism from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. His area of work is in the field of critical historiography of Indian art historical studies and cultural practices in relation to minoritarian politics

This is the last week of FICA Homepage 2014, so don't forget to catch the following exhibitions and projects on view that are on at Vadehra Art Gallery!


LIFETIMESGipin Varghese
A solo exhibition by FICA Emerging Artist Award 2012

Download e-catalogue HERE

Gipin Varghese's first solo exhibition in New Delhi 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 altar 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 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 2013 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 the 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 India week celebration 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.

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