STUDENTS’ BIENNALE 2018 | the expanded education programme
Curatorial Team: Dr. IGal Myrtenbaum, B.V. Suresh, Santhosh Sadanandan, Rangoato Hlasane, Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Sanathanan Thamotharampillai, Federica Martini, Sarada Natarajan, Mriganka Madhukaillya
The Expanded Education Programme, was envisioned as a series of engagements with students and teachers to identify existing frameworks of learning across art colleges in India, and to imagine new directions in pedagogical practices within and around these institutions.
Facilitated by Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, the Programme focused on conducting nine workshops held between August and November 2018 at art colleges and other spaces in different cities across the country. The outcomes of these will be further deliberated upon in a publication as well as a conference on art education in March 2019.
Running in parallel to the exhibition platform “Making as Thinking”, the Expanded Education Programme (EEP) is a long-term enquiry into the paradigms from within which art students emerge into the world – their institutions, educators/mentors and their local contexts of learning. At a time when the art world has acknowledged and embraced ‘the educational turn’ what do we make of our decades-old government art schools and expanding list of newer ones? What roles and modes do educators need to employ? And what do students need to be equipped with to engage in an art practice that extends beyond making? This study also sets up EEP as a symbiotic platform that distributes resources available to the Biennale as well as its partner institutions to address the needs of the art students across India.
EEP Research Team includes Bhooma Padmanabhan, Vidya Shivadas, Karthik KG and Agastya Thapa