The Harkat Lab Residency Programme Supported by the Gujral Foundation
We are excited to finally announce our first round of residents for Celluloid Karigar, a residency opportunity at the Harkat lab, supported by the Gujral Foundation.
The essence of this residency is to give makers the tools, space and knowledge to make work on the celluloid medium. The Harkat lab’s intent is to explore Indian thought through moving images, and function as an incubator of sorts, infusing a new wave of ideas in the moving image vocabulary. This is directly in line with our ongoing curatorial, ‘India on Film’.
Starting July, we are happy to welcome collaborators Gavati and Moakshaa, and Sajid Wajid Shaikh as the first two residents of the Harkat film lab. Spread over 45 days, the residency will start off with an overview of the celluloid medium, afterwhich residents will work independently on their projects, with unlimited access to the lab, mentorship and guidance to see their films through to exhibition.
We’re calling them monsoon residents. Going with the seasons seemed appropriate.
To know more about our work in the celluloid space, hop onto 16mm.harkat.in
Gavati & Moakshaa
Gavati is an artist from Pune, India. She primarily works with performance and self-portraiture on 16mm film. Her interests lie in questions of identity in contexts such as gender, the domestic environment and the nation-state. Gavati is currently pursuing her MFA degree in Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts.
Moakshaa Vohra is an arts administrator based in New Delhi. Over the last 4 years, she has been involved in the planning, management, and execution of multiple curatorial projects focusing on lens-based media. Moakshaa graduated from Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bengaluru in 2016. Her interest areas are in cinema studies and intermedia practices.
As artists and friends Gavati and Moakshaa’s practices and concerns intersect at several points including their love for celluloid and it’s materiality. During the residency, they will be exploring the idea of ‘gentle gestures’ of dissent and feminine resistance through sound, image, silence and darkness using cameraless film techniques.
Sajid Wajid Shaikh
Sajid Wajid Shaikh (b.1989) is a Visual artist from Mumbai, India.
His practice is a conjunction of the conscious and the subconscious mind. While his conceptual practice is aided by the material world, his drawings transcend space, time, and memory to question nature. Product of a meditative process, these drawings create a world of anomalies, seemingly fictive and surreal.
Over the years, the artist has also begun exploring conceptual art by recontextualizing everyday objects to examine their positions in nature, and also challenge their form and function. In an equally imaginative presentation, Sajid showcases these works through photography, two-channel films, sculptural installations, and performance-based pieces.
During the residency, Sajid will explore concepts of life, death and rebirth by the use of minimalist shapes and forms, inspired by Rashmirathi, a 1952 Hindi epic written in by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.