Aug
11
5:00 pm17:00

ARTIST TALK | Mrugen Rathod in conversation with Tushar Joag

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art invites you to

ARTIST TALK


Mrugen Rathod
in conversation with Tushar Joag

11 August 2016 | 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024


Mrugen Rathod received the FICA Public Art Grant 2014 for his project शोर / SHORE, a collaborative endeavour bringing together the traditional artists of Odisha to create consciousness about the impending degeneration of natural resources and the arts in the state; using both to actively create a substantial stand. The project has been re-presented at the Vadehra Art Gallery at the ongoing FICA Homepage 2016 exhibition through a display that sets the documentation in dialogue with actual objects that emerged from the project.

In the talk Mrugen Rathod will explore his idea behind wanting to generate a public dialogue around ecology and the arts through a conversation with Tushar Joag, an artist who has himself invested many years to engaging with similar concerns. This will be Mrugen Rathod's first presentation in New Delhi on this project.


Mrugen Rathod completed his BVA and MVA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda. In his practice he chooses to merge elements from his immediate environment to make works which are a gesture of giving back to nature. With a keen engagement on place/space and ecology Rathod’s work is about engaging in a dialogue with our fragile environment. He has participated in various group shows such as New Documents curated by Rahul Bhattacharya, New Delhi in 2011; Monster’s Factory at Tank, Diesel exhibiting space, Fort, Mumbai in 2014;  let US face the future (solo) at Time Equities Inc. as part of the Art-in-Buildings program, Manhattan, New York in 2012. He has developed work in several residencies including Sandarbh, Rajasthan, 2011; Kashi Art Residency, Kochi, 2011; Cultural Residency by Art and Deal Magazine at Puri, Odisha, 2011; Art OMI, New York, 2012; Space 118, Mumbai; S. N. Sultan Art Residency in Bangladesh, 2013; Vijayanagar Residency at JSW, Hampi, 2014; Yatoo International at South Korea, 2015; and GNAP (Global Nomadic Art Project), Gujarat, 2015. He received the FICA Public Art Grant 2014 for his project SHORE in Odisha, for which he collaborated with Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art, Bhubaneswar.

Tushar Joag is currently Core Faculty and Associate Professor at the Shiv Nadar University, Department of Art Design and Performing Art. As an artist his practice has been varied - from being co-founder of the Open Circle artists' initiative, to being the co-curator of the film program at the Pabellion Cuba, Havana Bienale, to being the co-facilitator of Culture Committee, World Social Forum, Mumbai, and curating two international exhibitions for the World Social Forum. He convened and curated the event 'Right to Dissent' in collaboration with Clark House, Mohile Parikh Center, Committee for the Release of Dr. Binayak Sen (2011). As an artist he has exhibited widely, and as an educator he has been teaching at various art institutions for many years.

Aug
10
5:00 pm17:00

Visible/Invisible Water | Presentations and Panel Discussion

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art in collaboration with
Pondy Art Foundation, Toxics Linkand Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan invite you to

Visible/Invisible Water

Presentations by filmmaker Sanjay Barnela, conservationist Himanshu Thakkar and visual artists Sheba Chhachi, Asim Waqif and Atul Bhalla

Panel discussion will be moderated by Ravi Agarwal

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 | 5-7pm
Goethe-Institut / Max Muller Bhavan, K.G. Marg, New Delhi

The presence of water is infused in the planet's ecology and topography. It exists as rivers, as ancient groundwater, as polar ice, as the oceans, in the atmosphere, in living organisms, in commodities, in fact everywhere,  all interconnected in an often invisible global cycle. As mythology, legend and history it has shaped culture, political boundaries and social relationships. Yet is is today in many parts of the world, taken for granted, abused, polluted, exploited, and is the subject of intense disputes. Like an elephant in the room, it can never be fully understood. 

The world of water and water conservation extends itself across disciplines – engaging specialists from economists to conservationists, from scientists to filmmakers and artists - in the arduous task of studying, recording and communicating the significance of water and the need to responsibly manage it. The role of water is not always visible in today’s complex market economy and urban life, but water’s footprints are an integral part of every aspect of daily lives. How do these thinkers and professionals tread this sensitive yet significant subject? 

The panellists are invited to present selected works and discuss their modes of engagement with the subject of Water. How do they make visible the human impact on the larger sphere of life, where every living being depends on the same resource? How do we engrain the need for responsible use of this life sustaining element that makes our planet unique in this universe? How do we treat water not as a resource but as a prime part of the planet's ecology? 

This event is a part of an ongoing series of events and exhibitions at FICA titled Homepage 2016, to see more details check http://www.ficart.org/

This programme is a pre-event to the upcoming Pondy Photo Fest 2016 – check http://pondyphoto.com/ for more details

Our collaborators: Toxics Link  and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

Aug
9
5:30 pm17:30

Artist's Talk | Sachin George Sebastian

Artist's Talk by Sachin George Sebastian
In conversation with Bhooma Padmanabhan

9 August 2016 | 5:00 - 6:30pm
Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi

Sachin George Sebastain's presentation of his work accompanies his solo exhibition "Sites of Metamorphosis" that is currently up at Vadehra Art Gallery. Set as a conversation with Bhooma Padmanabhan who has curated his current show, the talk will set to explore Sachin's entry into the professional world of contemporary art, his ideas on the city and its deep connection to the individual, his preoccupation with paper as a sculptural and tactile medium, and how he is currently exploring new directions in his practice.

Sachin received the FICA Emerging Artist Award (EAA) in 2014. The EAA emerges from collaboration between The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi, and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. While Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi hosted Sachin at Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland in 2015 for a three-month residency, Vadehra Art Gallery presents the solo show, SITES OF METAMORPHOSIS, of his recent works.

Sachin George Sebastian is a New Delhi based artist who completed his under graduation in Communication Design from National Insitute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. His practice with paper and pop-up books led him to participate in a residency at Khoj on The Idea of the Book in 2009, following which he started working as independent artist. He has shown his works in various shows in the city and outside. Some recent participations include Fractured, Site Specific Installation, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Dead Reckoning: Whorled Explorations, curated by Jitish Kallat; and Material Ruptures, curated by Meenakshi Thirukude, Exhibit 320, New Delhi, all in 2015. Beirut Art Fair, Small Art is Beautiful, Curated by Fabrice Bousteau; Incidents of Phenomena - travelling exhibition by Fondazione Pastificio Cerere & Basu Foundation for the Arts - India, Italy, Myanmar - curated by Veeranganakumari Solanki, Ilaria Gianni and Sein Myo Myint; and Kempinski Arts Programme, Budapest & Berlin, in 2014.

For more information on the exhibition check www.vadehraart.com
 

Aug
3
6:00 pm18:00

Panel Discussion on the graphic anthology 'First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction from India'

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art(FICA)  in collaboration with Yoda Press invites you to a panel discussion on the graphic anthology

'First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction from India (Volume 1)'

3 August, 6pm
Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53, Defence Colony, New Delhi, India - 110024


The panel with the contributors of First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction from India (Volume 1) will focus on a discussion about thevisual research that the goes into creating a graphic narrative. The discussion will also explore both techniques and concerns around representing and dramatising reality in illustrated form. Panelists include Rahul Bhattacharya, Mohit Kant Mishra , Ita Mehrotra , Pragya Tiwari, Payal AP, Neha Dixit,, Ishita Sharma and Vidyun Sabhaney. The panel will be moderated by Aditya Mani Jha.

First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction from India (Volume 1) is a dedicated exploration of the non-fiction genre of comics, the first of its kind in India. Writers, artists, reporters, researchers, designers, anthropologists, academicians, and film-makers lend their experience, knowledge and craft to bring alive in illustration stories that too often get reduced to numbers and statistics. It reflects on the extraordinary - often heart-breaking - circumstances in these stories; be it personal struggle, or social and political injustice. It pulls together diverse engagements with the idea of “non-fiction” itself, and hopes to set the stage for more visual narratives that tell stories about personal experience, events, personalities and phenomena. The book has six kinds of narratives: biography, auto- biography, commentary, documentary, oral histories and reportage. The process of drawing “real-life” stories raises questions about the form of comics itself, and also representation, visual research and dramatization—questions that each of the pieces in this book has dealt with, in one way or another.

Aditya Mani Jha is a journalist and writer, currently working for The Hindu Business Line. Between 2013-2015, he wrote a comics column called The Speech Balloon for The Sunday Guardian. He is currently working on a book about the socio-political conscience of Indian comics and graphic novels.


Yoda Press was founded in 2004 with an alternative publishing vision, aimed at creating lists around subjects which were not a priority for other publishers in India even though they had acquired a critical presence in contemporary discourse, authorship and an audience, such as sexuality, popular culture, cities and urbanism, architecture as a lived experience, and new perspectives in Indian history and sociology. In a publishing industry perennially racing to find the holy grail of mass-market success, Yoda Press strives to explore its niche of the alternative in writing and publishing more deeply with each passing year, as it has done for the past 12 years.

Aug
2
Aug 6

In Conversation with K.G. Subramanyan: An Illustration Workshop | in collaboration with AAA

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art in collaboration with Asia Art Archive invite registrations for

'In Conversation with K.G. Subramanyan: An Illustration Workshop'

2-3 August and 5-6 August 2016 | 11am - 5pm
Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53, Defence Colony, New Delhi, India - 110024


The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, (FICA) and Asia Art Archive, (AAA) collaborate on a four-day workshop on illustration as a tribute to artist, writer, and pedagogue K.G. Subramanyan. Conducted by AAA Publications Project Coordinator Lokesh Khodke, the workshop engages students, young artists, and researchers to think through the language of illustration.

The workshop takes Subramanyan’s deep engagement with illustrated books for children and adults as a starting point to explore the creative possibilities of illustration through hands-on exercises. Employing collage as method—used extensively by Subramanyan in his publications—participants are taken through its many uses and meanings.

Part 1 of the workshop (2-3 August) will focus on exercises in illustration and collage making, and Part 2 (5-6 August) explores GIF animations. A range of issues will be discussed in the workshop such as: notions of childhood, the dynamic between artist and illustrator, collage as concept and method, art and the viewing public, printing technologies, and processes of dissemination.

Registration:
The workshop is open to students, young artists and researchers. To register email us with the subject heading, 'Registration for Illustration Workshop' at info@ficart.org. Send us a 300 word statement on your interest in participating in the workshop, plus images of artworks (maximum 10 images, combined in a single PDF/Word file of no more than 10mb file size), a CV and contact details. Participants are required to carry laptops, preferably with Photoshop CS6 for Phase 2 of the workshop. Please note that there is no registration fees to participate in this workshop, however the seats are limited.

Lokesh Khodke is Publications Project Coordinator at Asia Art Archive and an independent artist based in New Delhi. His solo exhibition of works was held in 2009 at the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai. He has participated in several group exhibitions, artist’s camps and artist’s residency programs in India and overseas. He has completed his Masters of Visual Arts (Painting), from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda in 2004. As part of his wider interests, Lokesh has worked for children’s books as an illustrator with publications such as ‘Aam Ke Sir Pe’ (Hindi) written by Susheel Joshi, published by Eklavya Publications, Bhopal, 2015, ‘Oont Ka Phool’ (Hindi) written by Prabhat, published by Eklavya publications, 2015, ‘Mother’ written by Kancha Ilaiah as part of a project undertaken by Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies, Hyderabad, co-illustrated with Shefalee Jain. He has also contributed to the Hindi children’s magazine Chakmak produced by Eklavya Prakashan.

AAA’s Publications Project is a research initiative dedicated to building resources around the multiple histories of 20th century art writing from different languages in South Asia. For more, see here.

Jul
29
Aug 2

Workshop for the Art Catalysts | an art education workshop by Sarada Natarajan

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, invites you to participate in

'Workshop for the Art Catalysts'

An art education workshop conducted by Dr. Sarada Natarajan that has been developed for teachers working in art and craft in schools, and artists and educators working in NGOS and other informal groups using art in their teaching. This workshop is developed as part of Homepage 2016.*

Dates: 29 & 30 July and 1 & 2 August, 2016 | 11am – 5pm
Venue: FICA Reading Room, D-42 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024

Registration: To register send us your CV along with your email id and mobile number. There is no fee for registration in this workshop. Email us the details at info@ficart.org with the subject 'Registration for Art Catalysts' to register.

This four-day FICA workshop is specifically targeted at art educators working as art and craft teachers in schools as well as in more informal settings such as child welfare NGOs, adult education centres, etc. The emphasis is on harnessing and channelling the remarkable creativity of this very special group of educators, for whom creating something wonderful out of nothing is a routine procedure. In an unusual kind of experiment, the teachers will be tasked with planning and executing creative interventions in the specific contexts that they work in. School teachers, for example, will pick up a maths or a science text at the middle school level and see how best they can develop a participatory performance or an interactive installation around the core concepts of a lesson. In the case of a teacher working in a women’s shelter, she might look for a way to create a performance around individual women’s dream career aspirations. 

These experiments will encourage art and craft teachers to think on their feet, constantly out of the box, constantly interact with subject teachers and ultimately, to integrate their work with the larger objectives of the school. Such exercises utilize not only their skills and knowledge of processes and materials but also that completely unrecognized resource, their enormous fund of creativity. 

Dr. Sarada Natarajan is currently Visiting Professor at the Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts, Shiv Nadar University, Noida and Visiting Faculty at the Department of Theatre Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication. She has taught at universities and colleges in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bogota, Colombia. She is based in Hyderabad where she has been Guest faculty at both the Fine Arts and Theatre Arts Department of the University of Hyderabad for 12 years. Natarajan completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. Her doctoral dissertation was on the historiography of ancient and medieval Indian sculpture. Her current academic interests include art history pedagogy for artists, art historiography and popular visual culture. She is a trained vocalist, experiments with voice and music for theatre and illustrates for children.
 
This programme has been developed by FICA in collaboration with Dr. Sarada Natarajan as part of our ongoing work at the Art Educators Forum. The Art Educators' Forum is a platform for collective thinking about art education in India, both in schools and outside it. How do we/our children learn about art and learnt with art? While we are, on the one hand, looking at the question of how to teach art and its significance to students, on the other hand, we are also deeply interested in how to learn with art in a larger context. How does art affect the process of looking, seeing, thinking, questioning and learning? This Forum is a platform for educators to network, share ideas and collaborate over projects. To know more write to us at info@ficart.org.

 

Jul
22
3:00 pm15:00

Workshop on Curation by Marta Smolińska

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art in collaboration with Polish Institute New Delhi invite registrations for 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
Limited seats. Register for the workshop at info@ficart.org

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.

We will also host a public presentation by the curator on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at FICA Reading Room (D-42 Defence Colony) and will follow up with updates on the same.

 

Jul
21
6:00 pm18:00

Public Lecture by Marta Smolińska

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art and Polish Institute New Delhi
invites you to a presentation titled

'How to make a legible exhibition about the issue of illegibility? Some notes about my personal way(s) of curating'

by Marta Smolińska

Thursday, July 21 2016 | 6 pm
FICA Reading Room, D 42, Defence Colony, New Delhi

In this public presentation Polish Curator Marta Smolińska will share her different curatorial projects – from her long time curatorial engagement with the artist Jan Berdyszak across different institutions to her more recent international exhibitions that engage with themes of illegibillity, touch and hapticity in the modern and contemporary Polish art. The presentation will be followed with a brief discussion with the audience.

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.