Abir Karmakar (b. 1977)
Born in 1977 in Siliguri, West Bengal, Abir Karmakar completed his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, in 2001, and then his Master’s degree in Fine Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, in 2003. Karmakar is known for his casual and voyeuristic self-portraits, in which he places his naked body in intimate settings. His body language and the mysterious eye contact he makes with viewers are provocative, offering them his interpretation of sexuality and the fluid nature of identity in contemporary contexts.
Abir Kamarkar’s solo shows include ‘Within The Walls’ at Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai, and Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2008; ‘In The Old Fashioned way’ at Aicon Gallery, London, in 2007; ‘Interiors’ at Gallere Heike Crutz, Berlin, in 2006; and ‘From My Photo Album’ at the Museum Gallery,
Mumbai, in 2005. Amongst the recent group exhibitions in which his works have been featured are ‘New Fables: Contemporary Voices’ at Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata, in 2009; ‘Long Gone & Living Now’ at Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai, in 2009; ‘Threshold: Forging Narratives in South
Asian Contemporary Art’ at Aicon Gallery, New York, in 2009; ‘Mutant Beauty’ at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2008-09; ‘A Mazing’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008; and ‘Gallery Weekend’ presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, at the Baumwollspinnerei Factory Complex, Leipzig, in 2008.
Abul Hisham (b. 1987)
Born in Kerala. Hisham did his BFA in Painting from Govt.College of Fine Arts, Thrissur and currently doing MFA in Painting at S.N School, University of hyederabad. Solo shows are Deep Sleep – Exhibition of installation at Govt:college of fine arts,Thrissur (2008); Constant memories – Exhibition of installation at Govt:college of fine arts,Thrissur (2008) and Revolution at azhikode nagar – Exhibition of installation at Govt:college of fine arts,Thrissur (2009). Selected group shows are Back space – Exhibition of graphic prints at dravidia art gallery mattanchery, Cochin (2008); SESTET – National exhibition of paintings and drawings organized by kerala lalitha kala academy at chithra kala parishath art gallery,Bangalore (2009); He was represented by Kings Road Art Gallery, London at London Art Fair (2009).
Avishek Sen received a Master of Fine Art in Painting from Kalabhavan Shantiniketan, Viswa Bharati University (2001). He has held seven solo exhibitions in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, London, Paris and Rome. He has participated in many group shows which included Palimpsest, Aicon Gallery, New York (2011), Iconclasts & Iconodules, Religare Arts Initiative, Delhi (2011), Dali’s Elephant, Aicon Gallery, London (2010), Labyrinths – The Urban and Organic, 1×1 Art Gallery, Dubai (2009), Trait Contemporain, Gallery Beatrice Binoche, La Reunion, France (2008), The Politics of Fear, Albion Gallery, London (2007) Myth and Reality, The Arts House, Singapore (2007), among others. He has represented India at the International Festival of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Algiers, Algeria and the Arts Actuels Biennale, La Reunion, France. He has completed a three-month international artist residency in La Reunion, France (2011) and a three-month international artist residency in Paris (2007). Avishek Sen lives and works in New Delhi.
Barbara Ash’s work has an ongoing preoccupation with toys; more specifically dolls, employing them as both fun, “innocent” play things and also as social comment and repositories of cultural conditioning. The dual nature of toys is approached with satire & ambiguity, echoing the charm & menace of the objects themselves. For the past 5 years Barbara has been based between Bangalore, South India and Bristol, U.K. Her installations, sculptures and drawings have been presented in solo and curated group exhibitions in U.K, Europe and Asia. Two recent shows have been “New York Expo” in the U.S and “Dolls”; a group show curated by Marta Jakimowicz for Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore, which travelled to ArtChennai and finished at Rob Dean Art in London. In 2010 she represented U.K for the Second Bangkok Triennial, Bangkok Art & Cultural Centre, which then toured museums/institutions. In 2007 her work was selected for a group show “Adam’s Rib, Eve’s Air in her hair”, at SOHO20 in New York. “Sculpture in the Workplace”; a large-scale solo show featuring 10 years of her large-scale sculpture/installation pieces, curated by Ann Elliott, was shown at the renowned One Canada Square, London, for the Canary Wharf Public Art programme in 2006. Barbara Ash was awarded the One Year Henry Moore Fellowship at Canterbury College of Art, U.K in 1992 and went on to complete her Masters degree in sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1995. Barbara Ash has been received various awards including two artists grants from the Arts Council of Great Britain, one the Year of the Artists Award in 2005 and another a recent bursary for the India-UK touring “Dolls” show. She has extended her practice on the residency programmes in India of “Sandarbh”, Rajasthan, “1 Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery”, & “Bangalore Artists Centre”, Karnataka, as well as participation at “Neerja Modi” national camp in Jaipur and attended “Green World Art Festival” in Orissa. In 2010 Barbara was the resident on the Spike Island Sculpture programme in Bristol, U.K. She is currently working in Bangalore on an installation of large-scale fibre-glass works for an installation entitled “Smile or die” to be shown in early 2013.
Chila Burman is the daughter of Punjabi immigrants who came to the UK in the 1950s and settled in Liverpool. She gained a first class degree at the University of Leeds in fine art and printmaking and then went onto do postgraduate study at the Slade School of Fine Art. Influenced by contemporary pop, graffiti and film culture, her work is highly original, fresh and inspiring. Her work is predominately autobiographical, explores and challenges the received social constructions and constraints of classed, gendered, sexualized and raced subjectivities, personal and family memories and reflects the physicality and pleasures of visual materials. Her work is informed by popular culture, Bollywood, fashion, found objects, the politics of femininity the celebration of feminity; self-portraiture exploring the production of my own sexuality and dynamism; the relationship between popular culture and high art; gender and identity politics. The originality and power of Burman’s art is reflected in the popularity of her work. She has exhibited regionally as well as internationally, with recent solo exhibitions in Singapore andHongKong her work is highly collectible, with celebrities such as Richard Branson championing her work. Burman considers herself to be an activist as well as an artist and was instrumental in encouraging British black female artists to express their critical life experiences and conveyed the power of art. In her prolific and varied artistic career she has employed a range of multimedia from drawing, painting, video, installation, although her primary method is printmaking. Her choice of print conveys her anti-elitist attitude and her longstanding commitment to making the arts accessible to all. Furthermore her use of everyday artefacts, from ice cream wrappers to jewellery, is also an effort to communicate to individuals and communities her ideas in a raw and direct manner. Her achievements have been recognized both nationally and internationally. In 2004 Burman was nominated for Asian Woman of the Year. She was honoured with the prestige of being selected with forty-one other finalists that were selected across eight different award categories. Furthermore in 2005 she was nominated for Lloyds TSB Asian Jewel Award.
Dibin Thilakan (b. 1989)
Dibin K. Thilakan completed his BFA at Govt College of Fine Arts, Thrissur, Kerala in 2010. His group exhibitions include ‘Backspace’ Exhibition of graphic prints at Dravidia Art Gallery at Fortcochin in 2008,
‘Whats wong with that’ Group shows at Durbar Hall art centre Cochin in 2009 and ‘State Exhibition Kerala Lalith Kala Akademi’ at Durbar hall art centre in 2009. His solo exhibition was held at Kashi art gallery Fort Kochi, Now 2010. He also participated in a camp in Kerala 2010. He has participated in a lot of group exhibitions in Kochi.
Gopikrishna (b. 1965)
Born in Trivandrum in 1965, Gopikrishna completed his BFA from the College of Art in the same city, and his MFA from the College of Art, New Delhi. His first solo show was held at the College of Fine Arts Gallery, Trivandrum in 1989. Gopikrishna’s paintings appear as though they were pages from a book of fairytales. Animals that look like men and men who look like animals are all part of a world unified by their existence. In a single canvas, one can witness the ordinary and the impossible, unity and solitude, illumination (wisdom) and darkness (ignorance). In a world driven by the material existence of man, these scenarios are only possible in Gopikrishna’s wonderland!
The artist’s solo exhibitions include ones at Art Musings, Mumbai, 2007; Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2006; Kashi Art Gallery, Mattanchery, 2004; Kashi Art Café, Cochin, 2002 and 2001; and Durbar Hall, Kerala, 2000. He has also participated in several group shows in India, Amsterdam, New York and Texas. In 2000 he won the Kerala State Award for Drawing from the Lalit Kala Akademi, and in 2002, from the All India Fine Arts Society in New Delhi.
Gurusidappa G. E. (b. 1976)
Born in 1976 in Chitradurga, Karnataka, Gurusiddappa G.E. completed his Bachelor’s degree in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitra Parishath, Bangalore, in 1997. He then received his Master’s degree in the same from the Faculty of Fine Arts at M.S. University, Baroda, in 2000. His solo shows include those held at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, in 2007; Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007 and 2005; ‘My Day Begins with…’ at Karnataka Chitra Parishath, Bangalore, in 2003; and ‘Song of the Earth’ at Time and Space Gallery, Bangalore, in 2000. He has participated in numerous group shows including ‘Verbal Passages’ at Easel Art Gallery, Chennai, in 2002; and ‘Group Norm’ at Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore, in 1996. Gurusiddappa received the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 2004, and was the winner of the Camlin Art Foundation’s Euro Art Tour in 2003.
Koumudi Patil received her BFA from Sir JJ School of Art Mumbai and MFA from Kalabhavan, Shanthiniketan. She is currently working as a Faculty at the Art and Design Programme of IIT Kanpur, while exploring her creative pursuits. She has been involved with participatory public art projects. She designed and executed Ahmedabadi Encounters05 and Mirror Ahmedabad -two pioneering attempts of public art in Gujarat. Her video installation on fasting was recently exhibited in New Delhi and South Africa in an International group show inaugurated by the President of India on the occasion of the centenary year of Satyagraha.
CONCEPT: ‘The gatekeeper’ is an appropriation of the mythological Nandi in the contemporary scenario of surveillance cameras and security. The surveillance of privacy today, changes the role of the gatekeeper sometimes from a protector to that of a voyeur. But this installation changes the role of the gatekeeper from some one ‘who watches you’ to that of ‘who is being watched by you’.
Mansi Bhatt’s work locates itself within the world of performative photography and intense live performances. The characters that she inhabits in her work are drawn from a combination of reality and fiction. Her practice has evolved over the last eight years and has included three solo shows in India as well as residencies at various spaces including the Watermill Center, NY in 2005 and the renowned Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh in 2007 followed by the show at Gallery Mirchandani+Steinrucke . The staging of the photographs are usually extraordinarily elaborate tableau and in her last solo took on the environment of small town India. A Suite was shown at Chatterjee & Lal in September 2009. The final images are compelling as they disrupt easy readings as to what in the photographs is real or fictitious and take on a painterly quality. She has been a part of well curated art shows as like with Vadehra art gallery, New Delhi, Madrid art fair, Spain and Thomas Urban gallery, NY. Her outdoor public performance at Khoj in 2010 was one important turn towards live performances and her anxious ideas about struggle to live through death. Recently she performed at the Azad Maidan where she traveled through the city on a bulldozer and then went under soil in her own dug up land of Azad Maidan
Monali Meher, studied at Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai, 1990. In 1998 received ‘Unesco -Aschberg’ Residency in Vienna by Federal Chancellery for Arts and Science and performed her 1st performance,’ Reflect: A personal window display’, at Jehangir art gallery in Mumbai with the statement, ‘Nothing is permanent & it’s a nature’s law’. In 2000-’01 received residency at Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, funded by Dutch Ministry foreign Affairs & Nuffic, Huygens grant, in Amsterdam.
Her work has been published in books: Student Body by Marina Abramovic, Shifting Map, RAIN project by RABK, Third Text, “Love & Death”, Egon Schiele catalogue, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, “Cleaning the house”, NMAC foundation, Spain, ‘rebelle’ book on Art & Feminism, 2009.
Her Solo shows include ‘Departed, Assembled, Wrapped, Captured: Time’, Project 88, Mumbai 2009 and Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam 2008. “Reverse, Rewind, Replay”, Goliath Visual Space, NY 2005, ‘Ceremony’, Artkitchen Gallery, Amsterdam 2004, ”Theatre Of Memory”, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai 1999, ‘Reflect’, (A Personal Window Display), Jehangir Art Gallery, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai and Gallery Juttner, Vienna, 1998. ‘Bio-Morphosis’ F.I.A.Gallery, Amsterdam 1998, ‘Bio-Morphosis’, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai 1996.
In 2006 Sep. she performed at Tate modern museum, London for Mapping Mumbai event, “Nederlands Een” group show in Gouda Museum, Netherlands, Dadao International performance festival in Beijing, China and 1st Sinop Biennale, Turkey. In 2002, 2007 & 2010 performed at National review on live art, Glasgow. In 2008 she created Interactive installation in Rijksmuseum Twenthe for Cultuurmijl & performed at Khoj Live International performance manifestation, New Delhi. In 2009 supported by Mondriaan foundation for her performance, “In Determination”, Art Dubai, participated in “The other Indian story”, at NCPA, Mumbai, Exhibition ‘Rebelle’ (Art & Feminism 1969- 2009) MMKA Museum in Arnhem. She received LIVE Fonds by funds BKVB, for site-specific project, ‘Measures & Weights’, Amsterdam.
In 2010 performed at museum-night, Oude kerk Amsterdam, video group show ‘FrictiveFamiliarities’ at Art Kino Stockholm and ‘Ballard Estate at Religare Art gallery, Delhi. In 2011 participated in ArtHK11 Hong Kong art fair, Prague Biennale 5th, Crossroads: India Escalate, ComPeung- Revisited Chiang Mai
Thailand, ‘Who is afraid of oriental girls’, Netherlands and performed at Infr’ Action Sète France, MAXXI Museum Rome and Guangzhou Live 11 China.
In 2011 manifested ‘The Bridge Is Open’, her massive, year long Public Space Project/ installation under Willem’s bridge, Haarlemmerpoort, Amsterdam; Funded by Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Fonds BKVB, Co-operated by DIVV, DOCK Stadsdeel West. Since year 2000, she lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Shajith R. B.
Shajith has BFA (painting) from Govt.College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram. He was part of Harmony Show Mumbai (2005). Much aloof from the art world hurries, he lives and works at Kerala. His present interest is to portrait the life and nature of his mother village. As the nature’s presence is felt here bigger than that of human, often the works reflect humble human beings at the back drop of bigger mother nature. And the women sustaining our time are simply compelled to go through all the atrocities men can hand over to them. pREpellers show his ‘After Rain’ series where he is trying to express the big silence after heavy rain, to copy the kindling nature beats, to re-create erased past which is no more haunting us.
Uday Shanbhag is Born in Sirsi, Karnataka. He lives and works at Mumbai. He has 1991: Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Sirsi) and a Diploma in painting (Ken School of Arts, Bangaluru.). Having done a Post diploma in creative painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U., Baroda. He spent time working on projects at Kanoria Centre for Arts Ahmedabad and later at De ateliers, Amsterdam. “BACK TO THE ROOTS” (Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 2011) is his recent solo show. Selected solos are “MIND THE GAPE”, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. Major group shows and projects include “INBETWEEN”, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2001), “NO ID”, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai.(2002), “DEPORTATION .CLASS paintings”, Gallery Schroder, The Hauge (2003), “GREAT INDIAN ROPE MAGIC”, De Netherlandsche Bank, Amsterdam (2006), “RECENT WORKS”, Reinier van Ewijk Projects, Amsterdam, :” SEZ WHO?”, KHOJ International Artists` Association, New Delhi (2010), Bolero an International Art Project on move, Curated by: Uday Shanbhag & Sofie Haesaerts, Shanthiroad Studio, Bangalore (2011) And “How to milk the holy cow” >[en]counters – land(of)mine, Art Oxygen Mumbai- Breathing Art- Works (2012).
“A Man In Need, A Man In Deed” profoundly explains the underneath association of cruel capitalism intermingled with democratic hypocrites. In today’s political scenario things are so clear that some time they don’t need evidential explanations. We are indeed (blind) believers of democracy, though testing its bitterness every day and every moment, that we are being alleged to be ignorant, weak and coward. The alliance of capitalists (read capitalism) and the Indian version of democracy (not as old to be believed above feudal system, or governance for the people, even though it is by the people) has not been only disturbing socio-cultural legitimacy of the land ,it also presents dirt-settled image of the country and its people on global map.
I wonder how ‘the unsettling dreams’ of the fooled voters make no route to the mind of these ‘khadiclad’ politicians but enrich their digestion system by joining stomach with capitalists and bureaucrats. The strangling words (tongue) keep away the bewildered commoner who are used to cheer more security in political instability. Finding ‘oneself in the middle’ once and again is the reality of today. We are polarised, the grass root (voter) is polarised on the basis of ideologies made by different parties, that we are happy on social sites quenching our egos by comment foul on opposition or in support of opposition.
But for those who are assigned by the people, from the people, and at last for the people are of course concerned… Got a problem? (if not create one) national/state/demographic/cultural/class/creed/ … and so on, there is a way, delay and decay; digested with mutual understanding of problems. They have a way. They are so busy in painting their faces blue and black, and cleaning on the cost of the betrayal of expectations of ‘Ex-voters and Ex-chequers’.
Waswo X. Waswo
Waswo X. Waswo was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the U.S.A. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Center for Photography, and Studio Marangoni, The Centre for Contemporary Photography in Florence, Italy. His books, India Poems: The Photographs, published by Gallerie Publishers in 2006, and Men of Rajasthan, published by Serindia Contemporary in 2011, have been available worldwide. The artist has lived and travelled in India for over ten years and he has made
his home in Udaipur, Rajasthan, for the past six. There he collaborates with a variety of local artists including the photo hand-colourist Rajesh Soni who has become known primarily for his abilities to hand paint digital photographs and is the grandson of Prabhu Lal Soni (Verma), who was once court photographer to the Maharana Bhopal Singh of Mewar. Waswo has also produced a series of autobiographical miniature paintings in collaboration with the artist R. Vijay, a grandnephew of the historic Rajasthani painter Ramgopal Vijayvargiya. Waswo is represented in India by Gallery Espace, New Delhi, and in Thailand by Serindia Gallery, Bangkok.
Zakkir has BFA in Painting from College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram and MFA in graphics from M S University, Baroda. Selected solo shows include 130o C Yellow Fever and other works at Galleryske, Bangalore (2010), Krinzinger Projecte at gallerie Krinzinger, Vienna (2008) ‘Emerging from the Womb of a Scapegoat at Kashi Art Gallery (2007) and ‘Threatening Existence’ at ZEN studio Gallery, Alleppey, Kerala. He has participated in various group shows and curated shows.
Zakkir’s visual grasp of the inexplicable– the absurd and the disjunctive – attests to how the imagination can be used to resist the hegemony of the Spectacle and offers strategies to reclaim a real, rather than mediated relationship with the world. By undermining our perceptions and our expectations, these images open avenues of possibility. These are not pretty pictures. The work of Zakkir Hussain compels us to witness how life has been falsely represented as a cohesive and comprehensive whole. They stand as unapologetic visual engagements, which challenge us to reclaim a world beyond the spectacle.