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Functional Beauty with Ariana Pradal | 2016

By Explore, G-Spot, Projects
Talk By:

Ariana Pradal

Venue:

125 MCM, New Delhi

Functional Beauty with Ariana Pradal | 2016

Functional Beauty – Design from Switzerland. A talk by industrial designer, journalist & Swiss designer Ariana Pradal at 125 MCM, in association with Prohelvetia & the Gujral Foundation at the foundation’s space – Gspot in August 2016.

A Brush with Life – Satish Gujral | 2016

By Projects
Artist:

Satish Gujral

Curator:

Pramod KG

Venue:

IGNCA, New Delhi

A Brush with Life – Satish Gujral | 2016

Marking Satish Gujral’s 90th birthday, the exhibition paid homage to one of India’s most celebrated artists and provided a rare opportunity for a closer look at the breadth of Gujral’s work as well as a deeper understanding of the man behind the work and diversity of his artistic career.

This month-long exhibition drew from the key artistic moments of Gujral’s life and was a tribute to the zeitgeist of modernism as seen and portrayed by him. Over 70 original works of art were juxtaposed with rare archival photographs of the remarkable people from the 20th century who touched his life and vintage images of works that have long left public memory.

The versatile talent and vast oeuvre of Satish Gujral mirrors the trials and tribulations of a fledgling nation. Gujral began his career in 1947 with dramatic paintings named the ‘partition series’ that captured and symbolized the trauma of the subcontinent’s partition resulting in the creation of India and Pakistan.

This Night Bitten Dawn | 2016

By Projects

This Night Bitten Dawn | 2016

” …..And the heart still aches and the eye still seeks and will not be still”.

Building on the framework of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poem, ‘Subah-e-Azaadi’ (Dawn of Freedom), this exhibition reinterpreted the moment of the partition of India nearly seven decades later. Inspired by the poet, the artists here probed the past and the present simultaneously to circumvent history as it is told and try to reimagine and fashion it anew.

They proceeded towards a scrutiny; troublesome and persistent, of communities that carried with them the sounds of lullabies embedded in the bones and ashes which their ancestors left behind. They never fully abandoned the ideas of ‘home’, instead they rearranged them in myriad ways as the pain subsided and the hearts were induced to heal.

Such a past can only be dreamt again with fierce tenacity for the present to make sense, sifting through half truths and seeing through the scrim of broken promises. The poem may be a memorial to another time but it continues to insist on a critical look at why ‘the dark weight of night is not lifted yet’, and how the gossamer like promise of a journey of shared futures which commenced a long time ago was denied culmination.

Artists:

Amar Kanwar, Anita Dube, Asma Mundrawalla, Ayesha Zulfiqar Shiekh, Bani Abidi, Faiza Butt, Farida Batool, Gargi Raina, Nalini Malani, Iftikhar Dadi, Imran Ahmad, Imran Qureshi, Ismet Khwaja, Martand Khosla, N. Pushpamala, Shilpa Gupta, Risham Syed, Roohi Ahmad, Sheba Chhachhi, Somnath Hore, Susanta Mandal, Tejal Shah, Varsha Nair, Unum Babar, Zarina Hashmi

Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

The Silent Call of The Earth | Achia Anzi 2015

By Explore, Projects
Artist:

Achia Anzi

Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

The Silent Call of The Earth | Achia Anzi 2015

Anzi drilled holes into the floors and walls resembling secret routes of transit. Shooting out of a void around the stairwell was a 20-foot brick kiln chimney that ended just short of the ceiling. It created an air of claustrophobia and brought to mind the brick industry that leaches the land of its fertility.

The exhibition was described as a laboratory of sorts where Anzi has experimented with various objects, like the kiln, the disused parking meter, an excavated gas marker and a large rectangular structure that hung in the centre of one of the rooms. Meanwhile outside in the garden, metal rods ‘grew’ in a patch of overturned earth, replacing the fields of wheat, rice and barley that are usually cultivated on agrarian pastures. Through this work Anzi addressed the tug between settled and developed cities and the rural life of agrarian society.

Pichvai Tradition & Beyond | 2015

By Projects
Pichvai Origination:

Nathdwara, Rajasthan

Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

Pichvai Tradition & Beyond | 2015

The name Pichvai, literally defines its purpose, ‘pichh’ meaning back, and ‘vai’ meaning textile hanging. These intricately painted and visually stunning works that depict scenes from Krishna’s childhood, formed life sized, or even larger tapestries which hung behind the main idol to heighten the shrine’s splendour.

Pichvai Tradition & Beyond is an initiative to revive and preserve this historical art form, and extend patronage to the local artists of Rajasthan. This exhibition handpicked miniature artists from Rajasthan, who have over time, worked towards adapting traditional Pichvai compositions, into more intricate patterns derived from other miniature practices.

CAMP As If – II, Flight of the Black Boxes | 2015

By Explore, Projects
Artist:

CAMP

Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

CAMP As If – II, Flight of the Black Boxes | 2015

Born in experimentation and uncertainity, black boxes of machines and institutions surrounded us with seemingly smooth and impenetrable functions. But reintroduced the uncertainty, reopened the conflicts, and the box appeared stable in neither form nor function.Twelve works by CAMP, looked out through the unstable interior worlds of cameras, memory devices, surveillance systems, electricity and more developing feelings and strategies alongside them.

Abandon | 2015

By Explore, Projects
Artists:

Philippe Calia, Uzma Mohsin and Ronny Sen

Conversation with:

Rahaab Allana

Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

Abandon | 2015

In the end, it is about residue and the evidence of what remains. A postcard sent home that perhaps never reaches; a discarded glove that eerily indicates signs of life and an apocalyptic landscape anticipating a haunting future suffused with smoke and ash. How is an intervention possible when time has run out? Can one subtract from experiences in order to save time? When location is a labyrinthine entity, the act of imaging presents a radical doubt. What is a utopia but bereft of reality; what is displacement, but a return to centre?

Abandon, a photography exercise featured the works of Philippe Calia, Uzma Mohsin and Ronny Sen. The exhibit was accompanied by a conversation with Rahaab Allana was on view from 12 – 31 March 2015 at 24, Jor Bagh.