The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) awarded the Emerging Artist Award 2017 to artist Moonis Ahmad Shah from Srinagar, Kashmir.

Moonis Ahmad Shah's Open Studio at Bern is a culmination of his residency in Switzerland with the support of Pro Helvetia New Delhi - Swiss Arts Council. Titled "De-ceasing Relevance: Figuring the Local/s", the exhibition at Sattelkammer Bern showcases several ongoing projects that Moonis has been developing during his time in Bern.

Moonis continues his exploration of the “archive” in his research based practice. Using various media such as text, software programming, media and historical documents, he examines the materiality and boundries of the archive. He not only challenges its authority but also argues how the expansive landscape of archive and its technics can be used to create active fields of “discursive” and “non discursive” enquiries into our expanding and multiplying everyday lives and contingent futures of contemporaneity.

Our heartiest congratulations to Moonis!

ENTER // De-ceasing Relevance: Figuring the Local / s
Moonis Ahmad Shah
4th - 5th of July
Vernissage 4th of July, 6 - 9 pm
Open till: 5 July 5 - 8 pm

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Initiated in 2007, the FICA Emerging Artist Award, given in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, seeks to promote young artists who demonstrate extraordinary skill and promise in the visual arts. As part of the EAA 2017, Ahmad received a ninety-day residency in Switzerland supported by Pro Helvetia.

Click here for details about the open call for applications to the Award this year: