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Colomboscope

By | Current Shows
Venue:

Fort Kochi, Kerala

The Gujral Foundation is pleased to support the sixth edition of interdisciplinary arts festival COLOMBOSCOPE, curated by Natasha Ginwala, will be held at different historical venues and cultural spaces in Colombo from 24th until 31st January 2019. Over thirty intergenerational local and international visual artists, filmmakers, musicians and scientific experts will participate in SEA CHANGE; evoking stories of maritime history, delving into oceanic ecology and shipping infrastructure.

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

By | Current Shows
Venue:

Fort Kochi, Kerala

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an art exhibition and festival that is the largest of its kind in South Asia. Feroze Gujral is a co-founder and Trustee of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The Gujral Foundation has supported the biennale from its inception, as a venue patron for the historic Aspinwall House, which houses the main exhibition, and Cabral Yard. The fourth edition of the Biennale will run from 12 December, 2018 until 29 March, 2019.

In the absence of writing

By | Current Shows
Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

India Art Fair 2019 – Collateral Event | 24 Jor Bagh

Solo Project by Astha Butail

The Gujral Foundation is pleased to present Astha Butail’s solo show ‘In the Absence of Writing’, curated by Reha Sodhi, at our experimental site 24 Jor Bagh, in New Delhi. The project is a culmination of the artist’s year long journey in researching memory and living traditions that are passed on through teaching and oral poetry, with a focus on Zoroastrian Avesta, the Jewish Oral Torah and Indian Vedic philosophy. Drawing parallels between traditions through diverse mediums, she presents her journey through disjoined hymns from the Rig Veda; her works include sound, sculpture, video and experiential installations which invite the viewer to an interactive exploration of cultural values, lived spaces and notions of time.

Art Induct

By | Explore
Venue:

Bikaner house
Delhi

The Gujral Foundation presents an interactive introduction programmed for YFLO. The carefully curated day-long session brings together premier art historians and practitioners to give you a comprehensive understanding of art and the art market. Participants of the programme will take away practical information on appreciating, collecting and supporting the arts. Our panel of speakers including gallerist Peter Nagy, historian Gayatri Sinha, collector Nitin Bhayana, art patron Feroze Gujral , the artist duo Thukral and Tagra and others. The specially curated programme for members of YFLO includes an live auction led by Mallika Advani from the auction Pundole’s. Art Induct is a gateway into the arts directly from the experts.

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My East Is Your West

My East is Your West, a Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, opens today, Tuesday 5th May 2015. Commissioned by The Gujral Foundation, this landmark exhibition unites for the first time at the Biennale the historically conflicting nations of India and Pakistan in a shared exhibition by artists from both countries. Shilpa Gupta (Mumbai) and Rashid Rana (Lahore) each present a new series of works at the Palazzo Benzon, situated in the centre of Venice on the Grand Canal. As neither India nor Pakistan has a permanent national pavilion in Venice, this presentation provides a unique platform for artists from South Asia to enter into a dialogue through the arts, representing the Indian subcontinent as one region.Titled after a light installation by Shilpa Gupta, My East is Your West was born out of the desire to reposition the complex climate of historical relations between South Asia’s nation-states and presents the region as a shared cultural cartography. Shilpa Gupta’s new series of works brings together over four years of ongoing research in the India-Bangladesh borderlands and the world’s longest security barrier between two nation-states currently in construction. She exhibits works ranging from installation, video, photography, drawings, text-based pieces and performance, which will take place throughout the opening week and at intervals throughout the Biennale. Rashid Rana presents an immersive setting across five rooms surveying the conception of presence, temporality and location as collective experience, across digital printmaking, video and installation. In a livestream video work, produced in collaboration with the Lahore Biennale Foundation, viewers will be transported from Venice to Lahore and viceversa.Reflecting each distinctive practice, both artists explore and examine the integral essence of a people divided, a history which spans antiquity, colonial modernity and a cosmopolitan present entangled inconflict. With works that bring to the foreground entangled realities of the Indian subcontinent, Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana develop a material aesthetic that surveys the potential of a common region, separate from the state and its model.Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana and Naeem Mohaiemen, also exhibiting at the Venice Biennale, will participate in an artist talk, Imagined Cartographies, focusing on their practice and contemporary art in South Asia. The talk will take place at the Palazzo Benzon on Thursday 7th May from 11:00am – 12:30pm and will be moderated by Curatorial Advisors for the project, Natasha Ginwala and Martina Mazzotta.

Artist:

Shilpa Gupta, Rashid Rana

Venue

Venice, Italy

State of Indigo

By | Uncategorized
Venue:

Somerset House
London

India will immerse viewers in one of the troughs used in indigo production, a dye used to make jeans and other textiles, whose methods have gone largely unchanged for millennia.

Presenting films of the workers, who stand in a line thrashing the water with their outstretched legs, the installation will exploit the hours of hard labour produce only a small bar of concentrated dye, known as ‘blue gold’.

The story of indigo is closely aligned with India’s design identity. As a natural form of dye, it is a reminder of traditional methods of cultivating and processing textiles that were pioneered in the subcontinent. In terms of its status as a colour that is inseparable from luxury and desire on the one hand, and exploitation on the other, it is a highly ideologically loaded design tool, which needs to be asserted as being representative of India’s design identity.

Studio 24

By | Explore
Venue:

24 Jor Bagh
New Delhi

STUDIO 24, an experimental micro-residency at 24 Jor Bagh, kicks off the first iteration with emerging artist Raj Jariwala, in association with Shrine Empire Gallery. Join us for the open studio on 19-20 July, 3 – 7pm to step into Raj’s practice exploring processes of producing and consuming information. The artist looks closely at the accuracy, relevance, and abstraction of structures such as cartography and numerical systems through drawing and vide

My East Is Your West

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Artist:

Shilpa Gupta, Rashid Rana

Venue:

Venice
Italy

My East is Your West, a Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, opens today, Tuesday 5th May 2015. Commissioned by The Gujral Foundation, this landmark exhibition unites for the first time at the Biennale the historically conflicting nations of India and Pakistan in a shared exhibition by artists from both countries. Shilpa Gupta (Mumbai) and Rashid Rana (Lahore) each present a new series of works at the Palazzo Benzon, situated in the centre of Venice on the Grand Canal. As neither India nor Pakistan has a permanent national pavilion in Venice, this presentation provides a unique platform for artists from South Asia to enter into a dialogue through the arts, representing the Indian subcontinent as one region.

Titled after a light installation by Shilpa Gupta, My East is Your West was born out of the desire to reposition the complex climate of historical relations between South Asia’s nation-states and presents the region as a shared cultural cartography. Shilpa Gupta’s new series of works brings together over four years of ongoing research in the India-Bangladesh borderlands and the world’s longest security barrier between two nation-states currently in construction. She exhibits works ranging from installation, video, photography, drawings, text-based pieces and performance, which will take place throughout the opening week and at intervals throughout the Biennale. Rashid Rana presents an immersive setting across five rooms surveying the conception of presence, temporality and location as collective experience, across digital printmaking, video and installation. In a livestream video work, produced in collaboration with the Lahore Biennale Foundation, viewers will be transported from Venice to Lahore and viceversa.

Reflecting each distinctive practice, both artists explore and examine the integral essence of a people divided, a history which spans antiquity, colonial modernity and a cosmopolitan present entangled inconflict. With works that bring to the foreground entangled realities of the Indian subcontinent, Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana develop a material aesthetic that surveys the potential of a common region, separate from the state and its model.

Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana and Naeem Mohaiemen, also exhibiting at the Venice Biennale, will participate in an artist talk, Imagined Cartographies, focusing on their practice and contemporary art in South Asia. The talk will take place at the Palazzo Benzon on Thursday 7th May from 11:00am – 12:30pm and will be moderated by Curatorial Advisors for the project, Natasha Ginwala and Martina Mazzotta.

Imagined Biennales

By | Current Shows
Venue:

Open Forum at Tate Exchange
London

Imagined Biennales – Open Forum at Tate Exchange

13 May 2018
Tate Modern

The proliferation of biennales and other perennial art events around the world reveal huge energy, creativity and social engagement within the sphere of contemporary art. Whether operating at hyper-local, local, national or international levels, these events are always more than the art they represent. They are about people, places, histories, social enterprise and the political aesthetic. But equally, they can be homogenizing forces and complacent about the ‘value’ of art. What do we want from our biennales and how do we get it?

Imagined Communities invites as wide a range of voices as possible to share in current practice and to pitch new ideas. What does a biennale look like and what do want it to look like? Echoing the format of TED talks, noted for short, but well-informed talks, we welcome presentations in person, short films or online streamed presentations as part of an afternoon at Tate Exchange. The best ideas and presentations will be invited for inclusion in a forthcoming publication How to Biennale: A manual for staging perennial art events.

Hello World

By | Current Shows
Venue:

Museum für Gegenwart
Berlin

Hello World. Revising a Collection

28.04.2018 to 26.08.2018
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

Hello World. Revising a Collection“ is a critical inquiry into the collection of the Nationalgalerie and its predominantly Western focus: What could the collection look like today, had an understanding characterised its concept of art, and consequently also its genesis, that was more open to the world? How might the canon and the art historical narratives themselves have changed through a widening and multiplication of perspectives? With these questions as starting points, the exhibition unfolds in 13 thematic chapters as a many-voiced collaboration of internal and external curators, encompassing the whole exhibition space of the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.

Arrival, Incision Indian Modernism as Peripatetic Itinerary

Curated by Natasha Ginwala

This exhibition chapter retraces the emergence of Indian modernity in the early and mid-twentieth century, through placing works from the collection of the National – galerie and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst centre stage. As India obtained its independence from British Rule in 1947 and in the wake of partition, many artists shuttled between the newly independent subcontinent, Europe and North America. As did the painter, poet and intellectual Rabindranath Tagore. The works Tagore contributed to the collection of the Nationalgalerie were removed by the Nazis as part of their “degenerate art” policy, but an attempt is made here to reconstruct this episode to some extent on the basis of the influence Tagore exerted on the Berlin art scene in the 1920s and early 1930s. Arrival, Incision offers exercises in decanonising the Western art-historical tradition and deals with reciprocity, both real and imagined, by juxtaposing the political caricatures of George Grosz with those of Gaganendranath Tagore and through charting a nonlinear itinerary of works by artists from the 1950s to the present day, including Avinash Chandra, Satish Gujral, Somnath Hore and Anish Kapoor. The recurrence of specific narratives are revealed as key characteristics of Indian art, including the spiritual and cosmic lexicon of tantra, use of vernacular techniques and modes of collective production. Alongside artistic works and rare documentation, cinema operates as a window into artistic biographies and India’s asynchronous industrial modernity.