Curated by Sumesh Sharma Clark House Initiative
Clark House Initiative is a curatorial collaborative and a union of artists based in Bombay.
Clark House curates a series of programs at Gallery 1x1 Dubai searching for intersections of commonality across a proposed solidarity described as the Global South. The exhibition program searches for those intersections in a city that is home to an undecided multiculturalism brought about by economic opportunities and a large aviation network that allows people from Africa, Asia and South America to assemble in Dubai. The program is curated by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma in conversation with Malini Gulrajani. This collaboration came into being at the initiative of the Bombay-based artist Justin Ponmany.
1X1 Art Gallery
Founded in 1996 by Malini Gulrajani, 1x1 Art Gallery has established itself as the hub of Indian Contemporary Art in Dubai. The gallery provides established and emerging artists with a platform for projects and exhibitions while engaged in an exchange of ideas with the international art community. Since its conception the exhibition program at 1x1 has been supported by a series of serious publications both documenting the exhibitions as well as solo publications on artists represented by the gallery.
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Yogesh Barve , Munir, Bandung - Indonesia, 2014
Incidents of the Paradoxical Gaze
Conceived as a series of vignettes to be viewed in succession, Incidents of the Paradoxical Gaze comprises of short films, MMS footage, and collages presented on Snapchat. Focusing on the micro and the macro, the personal and collective, the works touch upon ideas of authenticity, censorship and the distribution of culture. The project proposes a re/mapping of 'imagined geographies', and considers afresh the contemporary narratives that exist between the Global South, the Middle East, and beyond through these amalgamated narratives.
Yogesh Barve (b.1989) is an Indian artist based in Mumbai, India. Barve's artistic practice encompasses sculpture, film, multimedia installations and site-specific works. A common thread throughout his work is a critique of our cultural fragmented thinking. Barve uses the idea of the slash in the form of un/learning, de/constructing and non/conformism, and as a means of thinking and working. Using a range of materials, including found objects, digital technologies, such as his mobile phone camera, and search and game engines, Barve's work examines social and cultural experiences of in/equality, ir/rationality, the un/invited, and the in/outsider. Barve is a member of Clark House Initiative.
Yogesh Barve is a resident at the Google Cultural Institute, Paris as a part of the 89 plus program curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist & Simon Castets along with Julie Boukobza. Yogesh Barve was invited to be a comissioned artist at the online journal Ibraaz.org by Amanprit Sandhu as a part of the Ibraaz projects.
Sumesh Sharma in conversation with Amanprit Sandhu
Sumesh Sharma (1983) is a curator informed by alternate art histories that often include cultural perspectives informed by socio-economics and politics. Immigrant Culture in the Francophone, Vernacular Equalities, Movements of Black Consciousness in Culture are his areas of interest. He co-founded the Clark House Initiative in 2010.His Masters in Research at the Universite Paul Cezanne (2008) was an Inquiry into Artist Careers, and he was part of the Gwangju Biennale Curators Course 2010 as well as the first Independent Curators International's Curatorial Intensive in Bombay. He has been a resident at ISCP New York (2012), Kadist Art Foundation Paris (2013) and the Manifesta Online Residency (2013), Casa Masaccio Tuscany (2013), San Art - Ho Chin Minh City Vietnam (2014), Para Site Hong Kong (2014) . Forgotten art histories and engaging young visual art practitioners to create an alternate exhibition history is his primary curatorial concern.
Sumesh Sharma ICI's 2014 Curatorial Fellow Sumesh Sharma seeks to uncover the complex histories of colonialism in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia by examining the funding mechanisms and institutional support of art institutions that utilize the power structures put in place by colonial laws. Looking at art and activist practices in former British and French colonies as case studies, Sharma seeks to find a non-linear history of activism (during pre- and post-colonial rule) through the work of artists-as-agents of gender, sexual, and racial equality. Sharma will use the Curatorial Fellowship to follow shared artistic sensibilities across continents, investigating pragmatic and philosophical approaches to art history that subvert colonial structures and tackles systems of discrimination. In 2014 Sumesh Sharma travelled to Senegal, New York and Paris as a part of his research for his fellowship for ICI.
Clark House Initiative, established in 2010 by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma is a curatorial collaborative concerned with ideas of freedom. Strategies of equality have informed their work, while experiments in re-reading of histories, and concerns of representation and visibility, are ways to imagine alternative economies and freedom. Clark House Initiative intends to actively recall political and artistic figures into contemporaneity, and to question the recent rise of fascism in India based on exaggerated rumours of economic prosperity and nationalist pride.