announcing recipient of FICA EMERGING ARTIST AWARD 2016 | RENUKA RAJIV

FICA in collaboration withPro Helvetia -Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi, and Vadehra Art Gallery, is pleased to announce that Renuka Rajiv has been selected for the Emerging Artist Award 2016. enuka Rajiv was chosen by a jury that consisted of Santhosh S, Assistant Professor, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi; Sonia Khurana, Artist; Sumedh Rajendran, Artist; Chandrika Grover Ralleigh, Director, Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi; and Vidya Shivadas, Director, FICA.

As the recipient of the FICA Emerging Artist Award 2016 Renuka will be traveling to Switzerland, for a ninety day studio-residency in 2017. Upon her return she will start work on her solo show which is scheduled for August 2018 at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.

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announcing recipient of FICA Inlaks Goldsmiths Scholarship 2016 - 2017 | Meenakshi Thirukode

FICA, in collaboration with Inlaks, is pleased to announce that Meenakshi Thirukode has been selected as the recipient of the FICA Inlaks Goldsmiths Scholarship 2016 - 2017. The jury included members of FICA and Inlaks along with Prof. Irit Rogoff and Dr. Stefan Nowotny of the Curatorial/Knowledge Programme at Goldsmiths. The jury was impressed by Meenakshi's focus on questions of "imagination and empathy as ways to re-build conflict/post-conflict spaces" – not only in view of the obvious urgency of these questions, but also because of their carefully considered relation to the curatorial as a mode of contemporary critical knowledge production. Meenakshi's proposal touched on key issues of Curatorial/Knowledge at the conjunction of theory and practice, of art and socio-political concerns.

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FICA is delighted to announce the Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2016 is being granted to Vasvi Oza for her research project titled Print, public and the regional-modern discourse in Gujarat: a critical study of Kumar and Vrishchik as contested archives’ . This year the jury consisted of Belinder Dhanoa, Assistant Professor, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, AUD; Parul Dave Mukherjee, Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU; Yashodhara Dalmia, art curator and critic; Bhooma Padmanabhan from FICA. The jury found her project relevant to contemporary inquiries into the vernacular in art history, entering this field from the angle of art writing and discourse. They also found that the proposal presented alternative possibilities of reading an otherwise singular art historical narrative, and as having the potential to set a precedent to future research into textual resources/archives in the field. They felt that Vasvi's inquiries were fresh and could enliven these historical materials with new questions. 

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