The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art in collaboration with Polish Institute New Delhi presents a workshop on curation titled

'Trans-regional meetings: how to initiate a dialogue between an Indian and a Polish artist?'
Conducted by Marta Smolińska

Friday, July 22, 2016 | 3 – 7 pm
FICA Reading Room, D 42, Defence Colony, New Delhi

The workshop, held by Polish curator and art historian Marta Smolińska, is designed for young curators. During the workshop we are going to arrange some potential dialoques between Indian and Polish artists to ask questions about the similarities and differences between these two art scenes.

The theoretical framework will engage with the concept of the horizontal art history by Piotr Piotrowski and the metapher of self-colonising by Alexander Kiossev. This workshop will be designed around the practice of the curator facilitating the workshop and will focus on the role of the curator in creating an exhibitory context that generates dialogue between artists from different locations. There will be a special emphasis on modes of curatorial writing, which range from press release to the curatorial note.

The interactive session will be based on a small exercise given to the group prior to the workshop. Registered participants are expected to carry out basic research, reading and writing in preparation for the workshop.

Marta Smolińska (b. 1975, living in Toruń / Poland) is an art historian, art critic and curator. Her recent curatorial projects include Illegibility: the contexts of script (2016), (Don’t) touch! Haptic aspects of Polish modern and contemporary art at the Center for Contemporary Art in Toruń (2015) and By a hair at the Centrum Kultury Zamek in Poznań (2015), among others. She has also curated six solo exhibitions of renowned Polish artist Jan Berdyszak between 2006 and 2014. She has worked as Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and Professor at University of Art in Ponzan. She has published a large number of writings and books on contemporary art. Until 2010, she was deputy editor of the art magazine artluk, published by the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toruń. Marta Smolińska is a member of the International Association of Art Critics. She received scholarships from the Foundation of Polish Science and was also awarded DAAD Scholarship at Humboldt University, Berlin in 2012.

*Image Courtesy: 'Bodygraphy' by Małgorzata Dawidek