An Exhibition | A Proposition | A Playground | A House
Preview: 17 April 2017, Monday, 6-8pm
Venue: C 13, Pamposh Enclave
The exhibition will remain open until 7 May 2017 | 11am - 7pm, Monday - Saturday
Participants: Babu Eshwar Prasad, BlueJackal, Chandan Gomes, Gagan Singh, Inder Bhan Madan, Karthik KG, Khursheed Ahmad, Lokesh Khodke, Priya Ravish Mehra with Rafoogars of Najibabad and Kashmir, Priyanka Choudhary, Shefalee Jain, Shivangi Singh, Showkat Kathjoo, Thlana Bazik, Vivek Moktan. FICA Reading Room conceptualised in collaboration with Susanta Mandal.
The exhibition is a collaboration between FICA and artist Priyanka Choudhary. For the past seven years, Priyanka used C 13 as a studio space and has now extended an invitation to other practitioners to rethink the possibilities of a studio space. For three weeks C 13 will turn into an exhibition space with talks and programmes. It will also temporarily house FICA Reading Room in its premises. Watch this space for further updates! Visit us in our old-new very temporary home at C 13, Pamposh Enclave.
C 13 is both ordinary and unique. Like many homes, it has secrets hidden inside it. It is located in a neighbourhood which, like many Delhi neighbourhoods, also shares its stories reluctantly. The stories lie low, simmering, murmuring. In many senses it is an anomaly, one of the few remaining examples of the older Delhi house with its verandas, trees intertwining the structure of the house, open balconies and terrace roofs amidst the newly constructed ubiquitous builder flats.
In all these years C 13 has held at interim identity as an artist studio. And through April-May 2017 it will play that role one last time. It opens its doors to artists and collectives, to work with abandon, to work even if it is to abandon. It invites us to re-imagine the spaces and contexts we inhabit and how we choose to inhabit them. It invites us to listen in on its stories and in turn share ours.
The FICA Reading Room is also housed in the building for the period of three weeks. We invited Susanta Mandal to respond to this project of inhabiting C 13 - a home, a studio, an abandoned site that is being interpreted and experienced differently by each of the exhibiting artists and to come up with a structure for the Reading Room. He designed a self-contained unit, a mobile structure with all the architectural elements of a building. FICA Reading Room is a space for discussions and over the next three weeks we will hold many informal conversations in this room.