The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) presents
25 July - 20 August 2016 11am - 7pm, Monday - Saturday
Venue: Vadehra Art Gallery D-53, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024
Solo Exhibition Sites of Metamorphosis | Sachin George Sebastian as part of FICA Emerging Artist Award 2014
Project Displays Cultural Re-imaginations: Experiments in Creative Placemaking | Indrani Baruah FICA Public Art Grant 2013 & शोर :SHORE | Mrugen Rathod FICA Public Art Grant 2014
The exhibition will feature workshops, talks and exhibition walkthroughs during the duration of the show. For final events schedule check www.ficart.org
The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) presents the second edition of Homepage, the exhibition that brings together the various artists and researchers supported by FICA's award and grant programmes. Homepage 2016 will include the solo exhibition of the FICA Emerging Artist Award 2014 recipient Sachin George Sebastian with a show titled Sites of Metamorphosis, and project displays by Indrani Baruah and Mrugen Rathod of their public art projects developed under the FICA Public Art Grant 2013 and 2014. Homepage is a marathon event of exhibitions and public programming with the main focus on making visible the year-long work that happens at FICA as part of its various grant programmes, eductional activities and collaborative platforms.
Other than the exhibitions Homepage 2016 will include a roster of events and workshops which are open to the public. This events section of the exhibition will focus on issues of art, craft and ecology, with a panel dedicated to issues around water, and a series of presentations around collaborative practices in arts and crafts. There will be two projects underway with FICA's Art Educators Forum, the an intensive workshop for art educators with Dr. Sarada Natarajan, and a teacher training programme in collaboration with Childscapes project of PVR Nest.
Continuing our focus on young curators, given our ongoing collaboration on Students' Biennale with Kochi Biennale Foundation, FICA will be hosting a public presentation and curation workshop with Polish curator Marta Smolinska. While her talk will focus on her curatorial practice, the workshop for young curators will address the issue of trans-regional dialogues and forms of curatorial writing. There will also be a series of workshops for young artists during the duration of the show.
Additionally there will be walkthroughs of the exhibition for the public, students, and special groups. The complete schedule of the Homepage 2016 Events will be circulated shortly and will also be available by 23 July 2016 on the FICA website www.ficart.org
Collaborating organisations for the Events Section: Asia Art Archive, New Delhi; Students' Biennale – Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016; PondyART Foundation, Pondicherry; Toxics Link, New Delhi; Polish Institute, New Delhi.
SITES OF METAMORPHOSIS
Solo show by Sachin George Sebastian
This exhibition emerges from a collaboration between The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi, and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, for the Emerging Artist Award 2014. While Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi hosted Sachin at Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland in 2015 for a three-month residency, Vadehra Art Gallery presents this solo show of his recent works.
Sites of Metamorphosis
The city and its mysterious power on the lives of individuals is the idea at the crux of Sachin's explorations in his solo Sites of Metamorphosis. The city takes residence within individuals who constitute it, permeating their bodies with its own materiality which the individuals carry forward into the future even moving outside the city's boundaries. Thus when we speak of transformation and change we trace it to multiple sites located within and outside the members who make the city. About this body of works Sachin explains, "I worked on the notion of how a city is continually transforming, changing its subjects as well itself and vice versa. Some find it a deep and obvious transition, some deal with it, some struggle, some give up, and some rise above the others. It seemed impossible for me to draw a line between those who change and those who change the city in the process."
For long Sachin has been engrossed with the city – the metropolis in particular like the one he lives in - engaging with it as a canvas where varied lives meet, clash and intermingle. In his new works the city makes itself his central subject once again but now he moves beyond a purely formal enagement and explores the emotional and psychological aspects of urban lives. He traces transformations in the city, its structure and fabric, on the one hand by engaging directly with the recognisable landscape of concrete buildings, telephone towers, entangled wires and architectural element, and on the other hand developing a new body of works which explore the experiential aspects of urban existence. There is a strong meditative quality to Sachin's practice that one can experience in the new series of works; a pause and a deep breath before one immerses themselves in the noise of the city.
Sachin George Sebastian is a New Delhi based artist who completed his under graduation in Communication Design from National Insitute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. His practice with paper and pop-up books led him to participate in a residency at Khoj on The Idea of the Book in 2009, following which he started working as independent artist. He has shown his works in various shows in the city and outside. Some recent participations includes Fractured, Site Specific Installation, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Dead Reckoning:Whorled Explorations, curated by Jitish Kallat; and Material Ruptures, curated by Meenakshi Thirukude, Exhibit 320, New Delhi, all in 2015. Beirut Art Fair, Small Art is Beautiful, Curated by Fabrice Bousteau; Incidents of Phenomena - travelling exhibition by Fondazione Pastificio Cerere & Basu Foundation for the Arts - India, Italy, Myanmar - curated by Veeranganakumari Solanki, Ilaria Gianni and Sein Myo Myint; and Kempinski Arts Programme, Budapest & Berlin, in 2014.
Cultural Re-imaginations: Experiments in Creative Placemaking
Public art project display by Indrani Baruah
Cultural Re-imaginations brought ideas in vernacular architecture, visual arts and crafts together to launch a series of community-based public art initiatives in the public realm. The project utilized the River Brahmaputra, its riverfront and the urban spaces of Guwahati, Assam, as sites for experiments in creative placemaking. The three consecutive stages of the projects explored ideas in placemaking and sustainability by utilizing local building traditions, craftsmanship in basketry and weaving and attempted to create social spaces by galvanizing the community.
The project was initiated and developed by Indrani Baruah over three stages, of which Stage 3 was supported by FICA's Public Art Grant 2013. The project display will trace the entire life of the project with emphasis on its multi-faceted approaches to creative placemaking, creating a platform for hybrid initiatives focusing on the interface of art, environment, culture and vernacular crafts.
Indrani Baruah is an architect, visual artist and cultural researcher who practice is at the intersection of architecture, visual arts and cultural studies. She completed her formal training in architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and later from School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon. She went on to doing the U.C. Berkeley Programs in Art; and Painting and Art History from Merritt College, Oakland, California. Her participation in exhibitions include Berkeley Arts Center, California (2010), Gensler, San Francisco, California (2010), Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2012: 13th Annual International Architectural Exhibition; Common Ground and INSERT 2014, IGNCA, New Delhi exhibition curated by Raqs Media Collective titled New Models on Common Ground: Re-imagining the Question of Cultural Infrastructure. She has been a recent speaker at the TEDx India series. Indrani received the Extending Arts Practice Grant from India Foundation for the Arts in 2012 and the FICA Public Art Grant in 2013. Her work has been published in IASTE, University of California, Berkeley, Society of Architectural Historians and Art and Deal.
Public art project display by Mrugen Rathod
शोर reads as a homonym, meaning both Noise and its reference to the sea (sea shore in this context). In this project Mrugen intiated collaborative endeavours that brought together the traditional artists of Odisha to create a dialogue around the impending degeneration of natural resources and the arts in the state; using both to actively create a substantial stand. Located across various towns in Odisha, the project engaged with the intricacies beyond the apparent environmental / ecological reading looking at finer concerns of the contemporaneous situation of traditional art / handicrafts, its dynamics in a consumerist / capitalist market, politics of propaganda, disparity in sustenance measures, vigil of the society, government policies and law amongst other concerns. The display will include narratives, objects and texts that came out of collaborative efforts between the various members of this project, and attempt to extend certain dialogues into the gallery space.
Mrugen Rathod completed his BVA and MVA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda. In his practice he chooses to merge elements from his immediate environment to make works which are a gesture of giving back to nature. With a keen engagement on place/space and ecology Rathod's work is about engaging in a dialogue with our fragile environment. He has participated in various group shows such as New Documents curated by Rahul Bhattacharya, New Delhi in 2011; Monster's Factory at Tank, Diesel exhibiting space, Fort, Mumbai in 2014; let US face the future (solo) at Time Equities Inc. as part of the Art-in-Buildings program, Manhattan, New York in 2012. He has developed work in several residencies including Sandarbh, Rajasthan, 2011; Kashi Art Residency, Kochi, 2011; Cultural Residency by Art and Deal Magazine at Puri, Odisha, 2011; Art OMI, New York, 2012; Space 118, Mumbai; S. N. Sultan Art Residency in Bangladesh, 2013; Vijayanagar Residency at JSW, Hampi, 2014; Yatoo International at South Korea, 2015; and GNAP (Global Nomadic Art Project), Gujarat, 2015. He received the FICA Public Art Grant 2014 for his project SHORE in Odisha, for which he collaborated with Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art, Bhubaneswar.