2:00 PM14:00


Ages: 7 - 13 year olds
Date: 04 February 2017
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: India Art Fair 2017, NSIC Grounds, Okhla
Fee: Rs. 1000

FICA calls all young art enthusiasts to join us in an exploration of the India Art Fair 2017. The India Art Fair is one of South Asia's most important art events presenting some of today's most exciting artfrom around the world. The Art Explorer workshop will introduce the children to some of the most important artists at the fair, provide insights into artist's use of multiple mediums, explore ideas about their city and environment, and have them participate in FICA's own project with the coolest artists-duo Thukral and Tagra!

The workshop will be led by Nilanjana Nandy, an artist and educator, and members of the FICA team.

Please note that all materials will be included in the registration fee, and the participating child's entry to the entire fair for that day will be free. Limited seats so will be accepted on a first-come basis.

To register: write to us at info@ficart.org with the name of the child, age, name of parent and parents email and mobile number.

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4:00 PM16:00



Date: 3 February 2017
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: India Art Fair, NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi
Fee: No registration fees, but participants will need to buy their own entry pass to the fair

The session will be a visit to the India Art Fair to look and identify different kinds of drawings at the fair. Participants will be invited to share their observations in the form of comic strips in this exercise where they will be on the lookout for different kinds of drawings.
FICA Drawing Club is an open group, with drawing enthusiasts who come together regularly to meet, draw and share their works. Proposed as an organic series of workshops and engagements, it wishes to bring an inquiry on drawing to the fore. The Drawing Club is an initiative by artist Gagan Singh in collaboration with FICA.
The first workshop was conducted on 11th May 2016 at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony. The workshop dealt with 'Mark Making' as a framework to think about the possibilities of drawing. The second workshop 'Drawing from Life' was conducted on 25th June 2016 and was a session in which the participants took a metro ride together and sketched the people, the journey and the surroundings they were in.The third session, 'Animating Thoughts' on 9th September at FICA Reading Room, invited participants to view exciting films and discuss and learn from the practices of artists like William Kentridge, David Shrigley, Paul Bill Barritt, Nalani Malani among others. 'Still 3D', a session on 21 December 2016, explored the Anubhav Gallery of the National Museum focusing specially on the experience of an artwork through the experience of touch.  Participants were encouraged to draw from their observations in the absence of visual sensory information. The Chandni Chowk sketching walk 'Point A to B' happened on 6th January 2017 at Nayi Sadak in Chawri Bazaar and culminated into a discussion in the Red Fort lawns. The session explored the aspects of perception, observation and the immediacy of the site. We look forward to your registrations for the final session which will be a exploration into the exhibited works at the art fair!
Gagan Singh studied fine art in the UK and has exhibited in various group shows including the Sarai Reader 09 at the Devi Art Foundation, Delhi, 2012 – 2013. The content of the work falls into two broad categories, the autobiographical and the erotic. In both cases, humor acts as a point of access through which other issues, often more serious, are explored by the artist. He is the recipient of Indian Foundation for the Art's Extended Arts Practice Grant and had a solo exhibition in Chatterjee and Lal Gallery, Mumbai in 2014. The key ideas to his art practice are a fascination about drawing.
To register email us at info@ficart.org.

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to Feb 5

FICA presents Thukral & Tagra's MEMOIR BAR at IAF 2017

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) presents

MEMOIR BAR by Thukral & Tagra

02 - 05 February 2017

Booth #P14
India Art Fair 2016 | NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi

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FICA is delighted to present the MEMOIR BAR project by artist-duo Thukral & Tagra at the India Art Fair 2017.  This project has been made possible with the generous support of FICA Advisory Board Members Radhika Chopra and Tarana Sawhney.

Memoir Bar builds an interactive public space that helps you encapsulate a memory into an object or solidify an emotion forever, forming a library of preserved memories in various emotional hues. The project invites viewers to write a memory down on paper, shred it and watch it being made into a tile. Using your memory as your currency, you obtain the power to relive it through the object at will. Constructing a large sanctuary of compressed emotion, the abstract becomes concrete, a moment of emotional recall gets captured into a tactile form.
Memoir Bar is conceived as a travelling exhibition. It aims at mapping the emotions of cities. So far the project has been held in Mumbai and Dubai in 2016 and travels to Delhi in 2017. It looks at how the cities react emotionally and that in itself poses as a very interesting proposition.

FICA is especially proud to support this project as it aligns with our core objective of creatively connecting diverse audiences to contemporary art. It is a compelling instance of the new vocabularies artists are deploying to engage with their publics.

For more details check the PRESS RELEASE


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to Jan 26

SPACE FOR ENCOUNTERS | meetings, happenings and inputs in arts mediation

Space for Encounters - Meetings, Happenings and Inputs in Art Mediation

A collateral event of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Space for Encounters - Meetings, Happenings and Inputs in Art Mediation at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a closed workshop and lecture on art mediation organised by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne at the invitation of swissnex India and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, in collaboration with the Foundation of Contemporary Art of India (FICA) and Kochi Biennale Foundation.

Art mediation is a growing field of activity in an increasingly flourishing arts environment. The reasons for this intensified engagement is not only justified by the increasing number of exhibitions and initiatives, but much more by the desire to make the art world more accessible and for it to actively address and invite a wider range of different audiences.

Along with the Biennales there have been several initiatives that aim to include groups that are unfamiliar with contemporary art. The formats invented therefore try to break with the traditional idea of art mediation with experts involved in the dissemination process. Diverse, and equally valuable approaches, encourage non-specialists to guide people through these exhibitions, using their words when explaining the art works or to reconceptualise guided tours as discussions among peers or to use performances for playful access.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne does extensive research in this field and offers a Master of Arts in Art Teaching and is hence especially engaged in developing new models of art mediation which focus on the inclusion of non-experts.

Workshop| 16 - 26 January 2017, from 10.00 - 12.00 noon and 14.00 - 16.00 pm
Kochi Biennale Foundation (1/1903, Kunnumpuram, Fort Kochi PO, Kerala 682001)

Keynote Lectures | 27 January 2017
The Pavilion, Cabral Yard, Kochi at 16:00 pm

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to Dec 31

Gram Dhara Chitra Utsav | FICA Public Art Grant 2015 project finale

FICA is delighted to invite you to the Gram Dhara Chitra Utsav initiated by Shweta Bhattad. The project has been supported under the FICA Public Art Grant 2016.

We are happy to invite you all for India's "first Land Art Festival" which will start from 25th December to 31st December 2016 in Paradsinga village which is on the border of Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh and 1 hour from Nagpur.

This November at Gram Art Residency 5 Artists from different states of India, 5 social workers working on farmer issues from Vidarbha region,one writer from Pune,one psychologist from Netherlands, one choreographer from Nagpur, a young singer & farmers & young volunteers from Paradsinga village came together to interact and collaborate with each other to create 7 important images talking about contemporary farming issues. These images which are growing in 7 different farms of Paradsinga village covering 24,500 sq ft farmland with red and green leafy vegetables.

We are celebrating this Land Art Festival, because we feel the strong need of celebrating new festival's which bring the community altogether at one stage beyond power, religion, cast to celebrate nature, life, soil & food...

This festival is also open for everyone to perform, paint, sing, sculpt, click, sow, farm, cook, stay, learn, enjoy and collaborate to make the festival more meaningful.

Please message, comment or mail us on gramartproject@gmail.com .If you are interested to be the part of Land Art Festival. For more details- www.gramartproject.org / M: 09373112912 / 09373112320

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to Mar 29

Students' Biennale 2016

The Student’s Biennale, part of the Kochi Biennale Foundation’s educational initiatives, seeks to extend and strengthen art educational practices and infrastructure in India. The Student’s Biennale is alternative platform for BFA and MFA students from art-colleges in India to produce and exhibit work and for developing a professional pool of curators. The intention is to expose graduate and post-graduate art students as well as young curators to the processes of contemporary art-making and exhibition-making.

SB 2016 is led by 15 young curators, have curated over 465 students from 55 differnt art schools from across India. The curators were trained by an advisory and mentoship programme led by FICA.

The Student’s Biennale exhibition that will run parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016. Opening on 13 December 2016 the shows will remain open across 7 venues in Kochi until 17 March 2017.  For more information check the Students' Biennale page on the KMB website.

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6:00 PM18:00

Book Release | Husain's Raj: Visions of Empire and Nation

You are invited to an evening with Parul Dave Mukherji, Patricia Uberoi, and author Sumathi Ramaswamy to discuss her recent book


Published by Marg

on Friday, November 11, 2016 | 6pm
at India International Centre, New Delhi, Lecture Room 2, (Basement Annex)

Jyotindra Jain, Editor of Marg, will introduce and moderate the discussion.

RSVP: Almitra Billamoria |  almitra@marg-art.in / margfound@@vsnl.net | 022 22842520 / +91 98205 55207

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5:45 PM17:45

Staged and Constructed Image, Talk by art historian Ruth Rosengarten

The Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation (SSAF) / The Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant for Photography*

in collaboration with The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA),

invites you to an illustrated talk on photography by artist historian

Ruth Rosengarten
‘The Staged and Constructed Image’

Moderator, Ravi Aggarwal
Respondents, Prashant Panjiar and Devika Daulet-Singh.

On Tuesday 8th November, 2016, 5.45 pm
at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024.

The evening will begin with tea and snacks. The talk will begin sharp at 6.15 pm.  The programme will last about 2 hours.

On the ‘The Staged and Constructed Image’, Ruth Rosengarten says:

‘The link between photography and the real is a forceful one, entrenched both historically and culturally: “documentary” is the default mode of photography. In this talk, I shall explore the contemporary modes of constructed and staged photography, which oppose this connection. As its moniker suggests, “staged photography” entails the elaborate setting up of a scenario before the action of the shutter fixes the capture. “Constructed photography,” sometimes also called “post-photography,” entails the working of one or more photographic images into a revised or new image; but it might also entail processes that do not, in effect, require the use of a camera at all. While staged photography began to enjoy popularity in the 1980s and 90s, with the postmodern probing of medium-specificity and the structures and tropes of representation, constructed photography has come into its own with digital post-production, from the early 21st century. Nevertheless, arguably, constructed photography pre-existed the digital age as photomontage, and staged photography as, in some senses, always been with us in the still life and portrait genres. I shall be looking at the points of contact and overlap between staged and constructed photography, and also at the ways in which there are persistent cultural continuities in photographic practice, despite enormous technological changes. My examples will be almost all of contemporary photographic works, gathered from the work of international practitioners.’

Ruth Rosengarten (www.ruthrosengarten.com) is artist, art historian and freelance writer/researcher, and curator. She holds a doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Born in Israel, she has lived in South Africa, London and Portugal. She now lives and works in Cambridgeshire, UK. Currently, she is Research Associate, Visual Identities in Art and Design, University of Johannesburg. Research interests and studio work focus on photographic practices: staged and constructed photography, family albums and archives; representations of the ill and the dying, and evocative objects. Most recent curatorial project: From Memory to Archive, Berardo Museum, Lisbon, 2014. Forthcoming: ‘From Family Album, via Archive, to Photographic Installation in the Digital Era: The Making of Vivan Sundaram’s Re-Take of Amrita’, in Critical Arts, special issue provisionally titled (Vernacular) Photography from India and Africa: Collections, Preservation, Dialogue, February 2018. She reviews photographic exhibitions in the UK, in the journal Photography & Culture, and contemporary art exhibitions on the online journal London Grip. For immediate interest, see: ’How Close is Closer: The Work of Dayanita Singh, londongrip.co.uk, November (http://londongrip.co.uk/2013/11/ruth-rosengarten-how-close-is-closer-the-work-of-dayanita-singh)

Look forward to your presence at the talk.

Vivan Sundaram, Vidya Shivadas,  Devika Daulet-Singh


* For The Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant for Photography, see http://ssaf.in/thegrant2016.html

For further inquires contact:
Gayatri Uppal at
Shivangi Singh at info@ficart.org / 46103550/51
Currently on at Vadehra Art Gallery: An exhibition of recent drawings and photographs by Dutch artist Juul Kraijer. Her meticulously planned studio pictures are a striking example of staged photography. For more information please see

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