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Memory’s Cut: Its Deep Embrace

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Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

Artist:

Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart

Curatorial Advisor:

Reha Sodhi

Memory’s Cut: Its Deep Embrace

The Gujral Foundation in association with Outset India were pleased to present multi-disciplinary artist Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart’s solo exhibition ‘Memory’s Cut:Its Deep Embrace’ at 24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi. The exhibition was a highlight of the VIP programme of the India Art Fair 2020 and featured new works by the artist.

In this exhibition, the artist transformed 24 Jor Bagh into a series of personal spaces that encapsulated her memories of home. She used varied media such as photography, drawing, sculpture, textiles and sound, to reflect upon personal and familial histories of migration. Her work is a unique assemblage of intimate moments, poetry and personal objects that were passed on from one generation to the other. Remen is inspired by architecture and constructs complex monochromatic, performance-based montages that are significantly drawn from the aesthetics of theatre. She meticulously layers photographs and drawings on translucent sheets of gateway or mulmul, that capture a fleeting moment in time. The figures are staged and sometimes in transition, evoking a sense of mystery as well as nostalgia.

Remen’s work bridges the past, present and future, where time is seen as a continuous loop of events. The exhibition was a poignant chronicle of her life that intertwined personal archives, notions of home and memory.

Born in 1980 in New Delhi, Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart received her BFA and MFA in painting from the College of Art, New Delhi. She studied art history and Italian at the Universita’ per Stranieri, Siena and continued her visual art studies at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her works have been exhibited at museums and institutions such as the Essl Museum, Vienna, Casa Masaccio, Italy, Westerhuis Amsterdam amongst others. In 2017, her sculptural installation titled ‘I see a mountain from my window’ was featured at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale curated by Sudarshan Shetty. The artist currently lives and works in Mumbai.

Curatorial Advisor: Reha Sodhi

The exhibition was on view from 31st January to 24th February 2020 from 11:00am-7:00pm (closed on Mondays and national holidays)

InCEPT

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Venue:

CEPT University, Ahmedabad

InCEPT

Gujral Foundation | CEPT University, Ahmedabad

This year, the Gujral Foundation collaborates with CEPT University by committing to five years of programming including three main events led by the Foundation. Our vision is to provide a platform that enables innovation and encourages cutting edge experimental practices within the field. We are delighted to collaborate with the University and look forward to presenting many exciting programmes over the next few years.

First, there will be the CEPT Gujral Foundation Excellence Award, a cash award of rupees one lakh each, awarded to six students annually for studio excellence. The jury panel for 2019’s award consisted of eminent industry leaders: Bobby Desai (architect and chair of the jury panel); Walter de Souza (artist); Archana Shah (textile designer and entrepreneur) and Dinesh Sharma (product designer). The first 3 awardees were announced in the beginning of August 2019.

In September, the foundation inaugurated the first of several installations and workshops by leading contemporary artists and architects at the CEPT University campus.The artworks presented this semester by contemporary artist Ayesha Singh and reD architects were interactive and questioned and generated dialogue on campus around art and architecture, specifically public spaces, the notions of time, space, history and identity.

Lastly, the Foundation will host an exciting programme on the university’s annual Summer Winter School Programmes, inviting renowned guest faculty from India and around the world. This year, Suchi Reddy, New York based architect and founding principal of Reddymade will design and lead “Feeling for the future: Sensory Architecture” a course for advanced students and professionals that will examine architecture viewed through a sensory lens as defined in our personal spaces, communal arrangements, landscapes and urban environments from the historical to the present. For more details please visit:
https://sws.cept.ac.in/course-detail/feeling-for-the-future-sensory-architecture W19FA007

Property of a Gentleman | Stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions

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Venue:

Bikaner House, New Delhi

Property of a Gentleman: Stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions

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’ presented an excerpt from the original collection that reflected its personal connection to Hyderabad. The exhibition explored aspects of the erstwhile state’s cultural diversity and material heritage in a rapidly changing world.

In the absence of writing | Astha Butail

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Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

In the Absence of Writing

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’ was 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 is 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 presented her journey through abstracted hymns from the Rig Veda and varied mediums; video, sound, sculpture and experiential installations invited 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 show was curated by Reha Sodhi and included 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, New Delhi

Art Induct

The Gujral Foundation presented an interactive introduction programme for YFLO. The carefully curated day-long session brought together premier art historians and practitioners to give the audience a comprehensive understanding of art and the art market. Participants of the programme took away practical information on appreciating, collecting and supporting the arts. Our panel of speakers included 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 included an live auction led by Mallika Advani from the auction Pundole’s. Art Induct was a gateway into the arts directly from the experts.

October School | Oct 2018

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Artists:

Students from: Chinese University (CUHK), Hong Kong | Baptist University (BU), Hong Kong | University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg |Johannesburg University (JU), Johannesburg | Mexico City, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) | Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Zurich

Co-Curators:

Sharmila Samant and Tushar Joag

Guest University:

Akita University, Japan

Venue:

24, Jor Bagh, New Delhi

October School | Oct 2018

The October School was conducted by a network of international universities and was hosted by the Shiv Nadar University in New Delhi. At 24, Jor Bagh, The Gujral Foundation hosted a cross cultural exchange on public art and collaborative practices. Participants included over 35 students, researchers and academics from international institutions, as well as independent artists.

Studio 24

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Artist:

Raj Jariwala

Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

STUDIO 24

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

Regimes Of Truth

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Venue:

Gati Dance Forum, New Delhi

REGIMES OF TRUTH | An In-Progress Viewing

24 – 29 April
Gati Dance Forum. New Delhi

Featured: Arko Datto | Asim Waqif | Mandeep Raikhy | Payal Arya | Samar Grewal | Sandip Kuriakose

Curated by: Shaunak Mahbubani

We witnessed an attempt to spread new historical, communal, and emotional narratives with a speed and perseverance unseen in the post-independence era. The promoters of this populist ideology managed to bring minds into their hold across class and geography through a combination of on-ground community vigilance, tight control over news-media, and clever use of digital media strategies.

Foucault’s notion of Knowledge-Power gave us a framework to critically examine the fabrication of these new ‘regimes of truth’. We traced his idea that power is not solely a destructive force, but also a ‘producer of reality’. Control over knowledge, through surveillance and censorship as we see today, allowed the state to build and propagate narratives that will consolidate its political power for the next electoral cycle. The exhibition documented this phenomenon as it occured around us, while simultaneously trying to understand it and its implications further.

This exploratory ‘in-progress’ viewing presented a subset of the final exhibition, featured Arko Datto’s photographs of commonplace surveillance, Mandeep Raikhy’s diffused movement piece performed to Samar Grewal’s charged composition, Asim Waqif’s commentary on news media, Sandip Kuriakose’s document as a testimony to discrimination, and Payal Arya’s landscape of hazed diversions.

The final exhibition concept, part two of the ongoing series ‘Allies for the Uncertain Futures’ curated by Shaunak Mahbubani, was chosen for an Apexart international exhibition grant, and was exhibited in late 2018.

And Sometimes, She Loved Me Too

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Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

‘And Sometimes, She Loved Me Too’

A film and exhibit by Karan Talwar
The exhibit and film owed it’s inspiration to the Museum of Ordinary Objects.

‘And Sometimes, She Loved Me Too’ was an ode to objects and how we remember. Using a film and an exhibit around it, the experience attempted to draw in the viewer in the world of ordinary objects.

Objects are memory portals; into worlds deeply personal and profoundly universal. In their quiet, unassuming, unexpected ways, objects speak of us; and our times. They carry marks of their lives with us. A crack, a stain, an energy; that can be seen, smelt, touched and felt.

We move in time through objects, remembering and forgetting. They bring forth associations we have long left behind and bring us closer to new feelings, all with their unsaid and non-judgmental grace.

The Emporium at the Edge of Certainty

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Artist:

Crow

Venue:

Okhla, New Delhi

The Emporium at the edge of certainty

Out at the edge of certainty lies an emporium where all manner of wares are bought and sold. Acquire an exquisite headache, bring back a forgotten word, bargain for a lost fragment of time. You might even walk away with a brand-new life.

Crow invited the visitors into the world of the Emporium, where the stories wait at every turn, the goods come in all shapes and forms, and what they came away with depended on the choices they made – and what they were willing to part with in exchange. The Emporium at the Edge of Certainty was part of the collateral events programming of India Art Fair 2018