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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

Launch: PIX – The Student’s Issue

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Launch: PIX – The Student’s Issue

After a call for submissions organized by PIX on the theme “Student practices: experimentation”, a special publication of the quarterly launched on 17th February 2018, with reflection on how arts and photography departments of universities and schools are charting new approaches to the medium made through exploratory works being produced by students.

This special edition, supported by Bonjour India and launched in collaboration with the Gujral Foundation, included young photographers’ works, some very insightful and knowledgeable interviews with eminent personalities in the world of art and photography (Riyas Komus, Dayanita Singh, Shahidul Alam and Sabeena Gadihoke).

The issue brought to light, recent educational developments and gave due credit to the works today’s young photographers.

Venue:

Institut français India, New Delhi

Mutations

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Artists:

Anouck Durand | Anshika Varma | Asmita Parelkar | Baptiste Rabichon | Charles Fréger | Dhruv Malhotra | François Burgun | Indu Antony | Laetitia D’Aboville | Marion Gronier | Philippe Pétremant | Sohrab Hura | Sukanya Ghosh | Thierry Fontaine | Vibha Galhotra | Yannick Cormier

Co-Curators:

Rahab Allana & Francois Cheval

Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

Mutations

Photography and image-making explore multitudes, borne of artistic, social and political impulses. Instinctive and evolving, it is a media through which spectatorship also takes precedence – invoking the self, yet concurrently urging comparative readings around location and situatedness.

The French and Indian artists here contemplated their respective environments, while some reacted to the site of the exhibition itself, probing public and private zones as contradicting and converging realms of encounter – playful, menacing and yet, in perennial conversation. Engaged with the process of creation itself, a conceptual space mutated into a physical one.

Scenography by Sudeep Chaudhari

Presented by Institut français en Inde and The Gujral Foundation
Supported by Alkazi Foundation for the Arts

‘Earth Light’ by Rohini Devasher

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Artist:

Rohini Deveshar

Venue:

125 MCM, New Delhi

‘Earth Light’ by Rohini Devasher

The Gujral Foundation presented ‘EARTH LIGHT’ video and audio Installations by Rohini Devasher along with a walkthrough with the artist in December 2017.

ABOUT THE WORKS:

ATMOSPHERES
single channel video | 7 mins | 2015

Atmospheres offers an alternate perspective on the iconic photograph of the ‘blue planet’ as seen from space which, at the end of the 1960s, replaced the mushroom cloud, as the global icon of the post-war period and the Cold War. The view of Earth from outer space was an event of historical importance. It transformed our consciousness and made us think about the earth’s ecosystem as a single planetary unit. Our present as well, as shown by the climate debate and the concept of the Anthropocene, is shaped by the notion of ‘one planet.’

In the work, we see the Earth from our perspective on the ground. The sky becomes a mirror. With the camera lens pointed at the zenith we see shifting frames of sky and cloud, criss-crossed by thin black lines, the beautiful and strange decametre wave radio telescope at the Gauribidanur Observatory near Bangalore in India.

TERRASPHERE
single channel video | duration 10 mins | 2015

Terrasphere builds on the idea of terrariums, a form of miniature ecosystem for plants usually contained within glass containers. The work explores concepts of biospheres and self-sustaining ecosystems evoking qualities of fragility and buoyancy. Constructed of 59 still images, this strange planet like body gradually shifts through dark and light, with each shift causing a change in various levels of moisture and the potential for growth. Terrasphere also references an apparatus describing the movement of the Earth on its axis and around the Sun resulting in the seasons and day and night. Also called the Tellurion, (after the Latin tellus, the Earth) the three-dimensional model is used to demonstrate the movements of the earth and the moon. On a lever arm, those celestial bodies turn around a source of light, which is supposed to represent the sun.