The FICA Research Fellowship 2009 Suruchi Khubchandani's paper titled Polemics ofPerformance Art was selected by a collaborative jury between the School ofArts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and FICA.  Jury members included Dr. Parul DaveMukherjee, Dean of the School of Arts and Aesthetics; Dr. Kavita Singh,  Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics; and Radhika Chopra,  Director of FICA. 

Suruchi writes “Performance art is emerging with manifold forces in India where the body of the artist with its various gesticulations becomes material as well as the work of art. [My] attempt would be to analyze the performative process and explore the possibilities of an alternative art practice in India.”  Jury members Dr. Mukherjee and Dr. Singh both noted that Suruchi’s submission was the most convincing proposal presented among the applicants with a focus on a new area of contemporary India art with limited documentation.    

Suruchi Khubchandanihas a BA in Journalism from Delhi University, Kamla Nehru College, and a MVA in Art History and Aesthetics, Art Criticism from M.S. University of Baroda.  She is an art writer and curator living in New Delhi.       

Read Suruchi Khubchandani's report on her research - Polemics of Performance Art Practices