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Property Of A Gentleman

By | Current Shows
Venue:

Bikaner House

The Ewari Collection

9-24 March | 11am-6:30pm | Bikaner House

The Ewari family collection began with the legacy of Nawab Iqbal Hussain Khan, the Post Master General in the government of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan. The collection today consists of more than 3 million postage stamps and a rich holding of philatelic ephemera. It includes rare stamps from across the former Indian Princely States and around the world such as the Penny Black, the world’s first stamp which was issued in 1840. ‘Property of a Gentleman’ presents an excerpt from the original collection that reflects its personal connection to Hyderabad. The exhibition explores aspects of the erstwhile state’s cultural diversity and material heritage in a rapidly changing world.

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 Gujral Foundation has supported the pioneering Kochi-MuzirisBiennale 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. Feroze Gujral is a co-founder and Trustee of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

In the absence of writing | Astha Butail

By | Explore
Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

India Art Fair 2019 – Collateral Event | 24 Jor Bagh

24, Jor Bagh, New Delhi | 2 – 28 February 2019 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Monday)

Solo Project by Astha Butail

Astha Butail’s solo show ‘In the Absence of Writing’ is a culmination of the artist’s year long journey in researching memory and living traditions that are passed on through teachings and oral poetry, with a focus on Zoroastrian Avesta, the Jewish Oral Torah and Indian Vedic philosophy. As a multidisciplinary artist, Butail trained in textile design and has studied Sanskrit. She uses geometry, cultural systems and oral traditions as metaphors to respond to her research. Drawing parallels between traditions, she presents her journey through abstracted hymns from the Rig Veda and varied mediums; video, sound, sculpture and experiential installations invite the viewer to an interactive exploration of cultural values, lived spaces and notions of time. Butail received BMW’s Art Journey award for her research in 2017-2018.The upcoming show is curated by Reha Sodhi and will include new works, as interventions in the space at 24, Jor Bagh, commissioned by The Gujral Foundation.

Astha Butail

Born in 1977 in Amritsar, India, Butail’s recent solo exhibitions include Locus of Being (2017) and Manifested Ratios (2014) at GallerySKE, Bangalore, India. Group exhibitions include Unearth: Matter,Time, Process (2017) at Exhibit320, New Delhi, India; Raster: Emerging from the Grid (2016) at Experimenter, Kolkata, India; Codes of Culture (2015) at GallerySKE, New Delhi, India; Make/Do (2014) at GallerySKE, New Delhi, India; Fracture: Indian Textiles, New Conversations (2015) and Sarai 09: The Exhibition (2013) at Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India. The artist lives and works in Gurgaon, India.

Art Induct

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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

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Venue:

Somerset House
London

STATE OF INDIGO ILLUMINATED THE DARK HISTORY OF INDIGO FARMING, A PROCESS THAT WAS EMOTIONALLY ENTWINED WITH BOTH THE COUNTRY’S PRESENT AND THE TYRANNY OF ITS COLONIAL PAST.

The Indian pavilion explored the emotional charge of indigo, a natural colour created from the indigofera plant, which has become synonymous with India’s identity. “This rare and refulgent pigment was used to dye fabric, repel insects, treat ailments, disinfect, ward off spirits and even to decorate an entire city,” said curator Priya Khanchandani. But it also became inextricably linked with colonial trade and slavery. “It was once said that no indigo box dispatched to England was without a smear of blood,” she added. The use of indigo has hence become a symbol of India’s emotional plight, representing “a process of catharsis for a nation whose invisible histories are being unravelled”.

The installation took visitors to the labour intensive setting of the indigo farms where workers are forced to make natural indigo dye. A set of projected images virtually placed visitors in the trough where indigo leaves were crushed during the process of creating dye. Contemporary objects imbued with indigo’s sensuality extended its visual presence. Sounds amplified the questions of labour and mechanisation, and the diffused smell of indigo – earthy and pungent – enhanced the visceral earthiness of the space. “Witnessing the farmers’ rhythmic, mechanical movements, immersed in a cacophony of indigo, will make visitors complicit in their plight,” said Feroz Gujral, artistic director of the Gujral Foundation.

Although it takes its cue from the past, the Indian pavilion reached out to the present. Indigo has been democratised in the everyday, from its use in denim to the glow of television blue. “Indigo is the powerful and poignant pigment,” said Gujral “that has woven its way into the conscious relevance of India’s emotions, design, craft, consumption and national identity.”

Studio 24

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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

A Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale

My East is Your West, was presented as a Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned by The Gujral Foundation, this landmark exhibition united 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 presented 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, participated in an artist talk, Imagined Cartographies, focusing on their practice and contemporary art in South Asia.

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.