To Let the World In: Narrative and beyond in Contemporary Indian Art

To Let the World In: Narrative and beyond in Contemporary Indian Artis a four-part project addressing the work of three generations of artists currently active in India.

a) Exhibition: A major exhibition featuring the work of 25+ contemporary Indian artists at Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai from 15th March to 10th April 2012.

b) Film: A 90 minute film curated by Chaitanya Sambrani with four-part project addressing the work of three generations of artists currently active in India called “To let the world in: Narrative and beyond contemporary Indian Art cinematographed by Avijit Mukul Kishore will take the centre stage which seeks to understand modes of world making and narratives in contemporary art.

c) Book Launch: A narrative book, which combines the fully illustrated exhibition catalogue with selected proceedings from the seminar.

A Public Art Project at Marina Beach – Catastrophe

Interactive art project curated by Koumudi Patil

Artists: Subodh Kerkar, Sanchayan Ghosh, Vaishali Narkar, Sanjeev Khandekar

About Catastrophe!
For some people, post tsunami, the sea can be read only under the garb of the potential tanatose that it can create rather than the nurturing and balancing mass of sustenance that nature stands for. The beckoning of the waves can sound like an awaiting emergency siren. This project is a re-visit to the Marina beach which has been a witness to the dualities of the sea. The residues of the memory of the disaster are yet to find a cemetery. But nevertheless, the constantly gazing sea is a reminder of the temporariness of being. Being and Non-being are both facilitated and determined by destruction. The absence of one holds the potential of another. The wantonness of destruction that nature displays in its many catastrophes not only speaks of the controller and the controlled but also of the utter groundlessness of existence. The meaninglessness of the acts of nature speaks of absolute autonomy. The ecological catastrophes that have usurped human life from Big bang to ozone depletion hardly describe nature as the, selfcorrecting equilibrium of eco-systems. No wonder our ancestors bowed down to the powers of the elements rather than the idols! After all it’s much easier to understand the wrath of nature as a punishment of our misdeeds, then to believe in an unfathomable chaos that works only at its own whims.

4 projects will be executed on Marina beach for 3 days at different spaces only to be destroyed either by the sea, the audience or the artist himself.

Catastrophe Projects:

a) Creatures of the sea

b) The Pyramid

c) The sea returns what it takes – The Wind Vane Memoir

d) I am Angry

ART CHENNAI Select Internship Program

The Select Inernship program is aimed primarily at students in fine arts and humanities. Participation in this program would offer students unprecedented and privileged access to leading practitioners in visual art and curatorship not normally available in school or university curriculam.

Successful applicants will work with Dr. Chaitanya Sambrani, art historian and curator of To Let The World in: Narrative and beyond in contemporary Indian Art, organized by ART CHENNAI at the Lalit Kala Akademi Chennai from 11th March to 10th April 2012- -Select interns will acquire an understanding of curatorial practice, exhibition planning, art handling and installation practice. Students will have the opportunity to interact with many of India’s leading artists up close and gain a personal understanding of their practice.

Student Connect Program
In the spirit of promoting art, the student connect program is ART CHENNAI’S initiative to encourage & promote art among students and the younger generation.

Video Lounge

Video Lounge – “No Man’s Land”
No Man’s Land is the term used to describe the ground between the two opposing trenches. A struggle eliminates oppression and exploitation. Generally the young people are the ones who most quickly identify with the struggle and the necessity to eliminate the evil conditions that exist. Man has been always struggling for different reasons, be it for land, be it for life or survival or for any other reason. Sometimes it occurs between regions, tribes or even between generations. Mostly it is about procuring power and the game of politics. To achieve the victory side man makes controversies, conspiracies etc. Now a days people struggle against government or ruler or even to save land or against pollution or rather in a word it stands for a cause. A suppressed man fights a journey towards freedom which becomes a journey towards a dreamland.

Artists: ALANA HUNT, ALEXANDRA HANDAL, BAIJU PARTHAN, CAMERON PLATTER, DAI GUANGYU, JI SHENGLI, NEHA CHOKSI, SHARMILA SAMANTH, SRESHTA RIT PREMNATH, TUSHAR WAGHLE, UMBERTO CORNI

Public Installations
1. Bose Krishnamachari – Ghost: Transmemoir
Bose Krishnamachari is an Installation artist. He believes that minimalism is effective and thus learnt this usage from the alternately passive and lavish color codes of Indian ceremonies and ritual performances, the costumes and the gestures of enactment. Bose at ART CHENNAI Displays Ghost: Transmemoir Mixed media installation that deals with the subject of urbanization, or more specifically, its impact on the city of Bombay. The Installation reveals a portrait of a city in flux. On a subject level the installation deals with a theme of global significance – urbanization and its impact on the urban condition, yet Krishnamachari explores it from within a local context, voicing the experiences from a local perspective. Bose will also display White Builders and the Red Carpets taking a politacl view with the Installation He creates a press conference with 108 microphones on a long red table. The satire is revealed by the 13 imposing white chairs which represent the kind of influential persons who address the press to perpetuate wars for economic gain. The 13 chairs are symbolic of ‘The Last Supper’ and the destructive role religion plays in our wars. The installation is also a commentary on the necessity of information in the new media to combat the numerous 24 hour news channels. Among the many solo exhibitions of Bose includes Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, ARCOmadrd in Spain, Bombay Art Gallery in Mumbai, Museum Art Gallery in Mumbai, Jehangir Nicholson Gallery and National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai. He has also conceptualized and organized four major exhibitions in Kaam, Double-Enders, Bombay Boys, and Bombay x 17. Bose has been honoured with various awards for his work including Kerala Lalit Kala Akademy Award in 1985, Face of 90s in Indian art and Special Award from the University of Bombay for securing highest marks at BFA examination, Mumbai in 1991. He has relentlessly participated and organized several joint Art exhibitions. Born in Angamaly, Kerala, Bose Krishnamachari obtained his Diploma in Art from Kerala Kala Peetom, Kochi, 1985 and after receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai, 1991, he went to London and studied Master in Visual Arts at the Goldsmith College from 1999-2000.

2. Riyas Komu: Last Pass

The versatile installation artist, Riyas Komu and his paintings have been known for his protest symbol. Komu has a distinct style and is keen on using his work to “ring alarm bells” about the explosive urban situation and his work reflects both hope and glumness as a tribute to the spirit of all those who continue to survive the condition. Komu at ART CHENNAI Displays” Last Pass”- an installation with wood and metal inspired by the idea of transition of the dead to the other world—the phase beyond death which is nurtured by memory and supernatural beliefs. Some of Komu’s recent solo shows include his photographic works at the Guild Gallery, Mumbai in 2008 and 2005 and two exhibitions held at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai in 2005 and 2002 respectively. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions held at Saffron art and the Guild Gallery, Mumbai in 2004; the Harmony Show, Mumbai in 2003 where he won the Excellence Award for Emerging Artist of the Year; the Fine Art Company, Mumbai in 2002 and the National Gallery of Modern Art annual shows in 1999 and 2000. In 1997, Komu was honoured with the Bombay Art Society Award in 1996 and the Maharashtra State Art Prize in 1995. The artist lives and works in Mumbai. After moving to Mumbai in 1992 to study literature and dropped out during his final year, Komu eventually obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Art from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1997 and 1999 respectively. Komu is stongly influenced by his father’s political leanings and his own brief associations with political student groups.

3. Sheba Chhachhi: Bhogi/Rogi:

Sheba Chhachhi’s is an interactive installation which offers the viewer an experience of himself/herself as constituted and transformed by what she/he consumes. The installation explores the continuum between consumption- production-homogenization; with particular reference to transgenic foods, through a series of real time transformations of the body self of the viewer.

4. Paresh Maity:

The sculptural installation in fiberglass depict  human relationships. Through these works, he endeavours to show the many emotions that prevail between two people, their love, closeness, happiness, harmony, intimacy as well as their sorrows and disappointments, their failures and triumphs. Emotions and feelings keep each one of us alive and connected. The unique style of painting is very Indian. Basically it is a dream that is flying. This is what the sculptural Installation is about.

5. Samar S. Jodha – A Public Art Project:

Born out of a twin concern, that of belonging and abandonment, DISCORD is a project rooted in artist Samar S. Jodha’s two-decade work in China, Africa South Asia and the Middle East. A journey that has often brought him face to face with people and processes relegated to the outer edges.
The canvas for Jodha’s work is a cast concrete wall that spans large proportions; yet encompass delicate stories of people whose hands help realize a society’s ambitions. The juxtaposition of visuals enables them to transcend their literal specificity, and create metaphors about lesser-noticed facets of human migration. These are stories about common longings, occasional fulfillment and the many disappointments that mark movement of humanity within and beyond borders today.Technical Details:
Size: Each work has been printed on cast concrete wall 51″x57″(129 cm x 145 cm)-300 kgs. There are 7 walls built upon a platform 4’x 35’(1.21 Meters x10.66 Meters.

Video Mapping
Conceptualized by Sameer Sethi

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