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Sharmila Samant

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Birthplace
Mumbai

Birth year
1967

Lives in
Mumbai

Works in
Mumbai

Representing galleries

Statement

SHARMILA SAMANT

 

DATE OF BIRTH  4TH February 1967, Mumbai

 

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

1989    B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai, India.

1990    I.D.D. (Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration) L.S. Raheja     College of Architecture, Mumbai, India

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2008    Research and Artist- in- Residency at Centre A, Vancouver in collaboration with South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto, and the Art Gallery of Missassagua, Canada

2006    Pilot project Gropiusstadt, Berlin Germany.

2001    Gasworks Residency, London, UK.

1999    Purchase Committee, Rijksakademie Collection

1998- 2000 Residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1994    Bendre Hussain Scholarship for Sculpture

1989    Maharashtra State Award

1988    Merit Award for Sculpture Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai, India

 

SELECTED EXHIBITION AND PARTICIPATIONS

2011

FLOW / CUT : The Fluid City, Public Art Project, Bombay, curated Amrita Gupta Singh, Claudio Maffioletti, Leandre D’souza

Against All Odds, Lalit Kala Academy, Rabindra Bhavan, Delhi, curated Arshiya Lokhandwala

Mrigajal- A mirage, Kala Ghoda Fair, Mumbai, India

Of Gods and Goddesses. Cinema. Cricket. The New cultural Icons of India, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai,curated Arshiya Lokhandwala

Monitor 7 ,SAVAC, Toronto, Canada

The Free Dr, Binayak Sen Art  Project, Alliance Française, Delhi, curated Anubhav Nath, Pratul Dash               

Video Art india,Fundación “la Caixa”, Palma, Tarragona, Spain curated Luisa Ortínez

FLOW / CUT : The Fluid City, Public Art Project, Exhibition/ discussion,Studio X, Bombay, curated Amrita Gupta Singh, Claudio Maffioletti, Leandre D’souza

Recycled Utopias: Crisis/Praxis, A R T & P U B L I C – C A B I N E T   P. H , Geneva , Switzerland

Right to Dissent, Exhibition, Film Screenings, Panel Discussion, Performance, Clark House, Mohile Parikh Center, Committee for the Release of Dr. Binayak Sen, Convener Tushar Joag

Caution: children at work, Mumbai Art Room, Bombay, curated Gitanjali Dang

Generation in Transition, New Art from India, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw Poland, curated Magda Kardasz

Window in the Wall: India and China - Imaginary Conversations, Pearl Lam Fine Art, Shanghai, China, co-curators: Gayatri Sinha, Gao Minglu

In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art, Stichting Beeldende Kunst Middelburg, Art in De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal , Netherlands, curators Susan Hapgood and Cornelia Lauf

2010   

SEZ Who, KHOJ Studios, New Delhi, curated by Tushar Joag

Video Art india, Fundacio ‘ la Caixa ‘, Barcelona, Lleida, curator, Luisa Ortinez

Let’s Twist Again , The Dig, co-curated by Makiko Hara, Debra Zhou and Hank Bull,Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver, Canada

Asian Art Films, Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival, Rokuzan Museum, Nagano, Japan, curator Chitose Miyashita.

Punctum, A critical look at landscape in South asian Photography, LAKEEREN - The Contemporary Art Gallery, Mumbai

Collector’s Choice, Collector’s Voice,Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, curated Micheal Knight 

Metropolis, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall , UK, curated Jo Digger

The Story of the Multiples, Emami Chisel, Kolkata.*, curated Amit Mukhopadhyay

2009   

Things and Stuff, the second Joburg Art Fair, South Africa curated by Christian Nerf and Kathryn Smith.

‘Re-claim, Re-cite and Recycle’ Travancore Art Gallery in New Delhi, curated by Bhavana Kakkar

The Other Indian Story Jehangir Nicholson gallery, NCPA, Bombay, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala.

Art Against Terrorism, Emami Chisel, Kolkata.*

Blank Projects,Cape Town,South Africa curated by Christian Nerf and Kathryn Smith.

Expressions at Tihar, Golghar in New Delhi curated by Anubhav Nath and Johny M L.*

SEZ Who, Experimenter, Kolkata, curated by Tushar Joag

‘Re-claim, Re-cite and Recycle’ Bose Pacia Kolkata , curated by Bhavana Kakkar

‘What the Body Remembers’ : South Asian Video Art Today, The Bhavan Centre, London, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala

‘ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times’ LAKEEREN - The Contemporary Art Gallery, Mumbai

2008   

Asian Hot Shots Berlin – festival for film and video art Gandhi Special 2008 curated Tina Lange*

The 2008 Biennale of Sydney exhibition, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Revolutions - Forms That Turn, curated  Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.*

Kathajaal: A Web of Stories- survey show Co-curated by Makiko Hara (Centre A) & Haema Sivanesan (SAVAC, Toronto), Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver, Canada

2007    People, Place, Nation Locating: Art & Self workshop, exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

‘Mirror Worlds’ Contemporary Video from Asia, Auckland, New Zealand curated Zoe Butt,  Bec Dean*

‘Objects Making- Unmaking’, Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi, curated Vidya Shivadas*

KO Video, 1st Durban Video Festival, organised by Pulse, selected 50 videos , Viewers Choice, Mexico City, Mexico.

Destination Asia: Non-strict Correspondence, Sorus Foundation Almaty, Kazakhstan  curated by Quddus Mirza, Sharmila Samant*

Best of Discoveries, Sh Contemporary art Fair , Shanghai, China, curated by Pierre Huber*

HERE, THERE, NOW- Contemporary Art from India, Gallery Soulflower, Bangkok, Thailand. curated by Brian Curtin*

Rome Film Fest- PROSPECTS Contemporary Art from India, curated by Deepak Ananth

2006   

‘Rites/ Rights/ Rewrites’ Mason Grove Gallery, Rutgers University, New Jersey,.United States, curated Arshiya Lokhandwala.*

‘Mirror Worlds’ Contemporary Video from Asia, IMA, Institute of Modern Art, Australia, curated Zoe Butt,  Bec Dean*

Subcontingent The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rabaudengo, Torino, Italy, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Francesco Manacorda *

‘Satyagraha’ Travancore Art Gallery, Delhi, curated Jayram Poduval

‘Impossible India’ Frankfurter Kunsterverein, Germany, curated Nina Montmann

‘Passages’ Brussels, Belgium, curated Jany Lauga and Deepak Ananth.

2005   

Video Art from India, SESC, Pinheiros, Sao Paulo, Brazil

‘Rites/ Rights/ Rewrites’ JHF Centre for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, Duke University, United States, curated Arshiya Lokhandwala.*

‘We are like this only’, Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi, curated Vidya Shivadas*

‘Mirror Worlds’ Contemporary Video from Asia, ACP, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia, curated Zoe Butt, Bec Dean*

‘Present Future’ National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, curated Dr. Sarayu Doshi

‘Natural Selection’, Linden-St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts, curated Christine Clark and Lisa Byrne*

‘Indian Summer’ Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts de Paris, Paris, curated Hry-Claude Cousseau, Deepak Ananth, Jany Lauga*

KO Video, 1st Durban Video Festival, organised by Pulse, Durban, South Africa*

2004   

‘Home With No Walls’, for the World Social Forum, curated by Open Circle.

‘Indian Video Art’, Fukuoka Museum, Japan, curated: Johan Pijnapple.*

‘Rites/ Rights/ Rewrites’, Hartell Galley, Sibley Dome, Cornell University, United States, curated Arshiya Lokhandwala.*

‘In-scribes’, a public art intervention, for the bicentenary celebrations of the Asiatic Society of India funded by the Mohile Parikh Center for Visual Studies.

‘Migrating Identity- Transmission/ Reconstruction’, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands.*

‘The Werkleitz Biennale: Common Property’, Volkspark, Halle/Saale, Germany.*

‘Edge of Desire: Recent art in India’, curated by Chaitanya Sambrani,*(travelling exhibition)

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, (25 Sept 04- 16 Jan 2005)

Asia Society Museum,Queens Museum, New York, (01 Mar - 30 May 2005)

Tamayo Museum, Mexico City: Aug - Oct 2005;

UC Berkley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive and Centre for South Asia Studies, CA,

2006

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi 2006

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai 2007

‘Crossing Currents’, Indo – Dutch  Video Art, Rabindra Bhavan , Delhi, curated by Johan Pijnapple.*

2003   

‘Video Show’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, curated by Sharmila Samant.

‘In Our Times’, German and Indian Short Films, Max Muller Bhavan, Mumbai, curated by Rubaica Jaliwala , Sharmila Samant

‘From The Seed to the Tree’, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway, curated by Gavin Jantjes.*

‘A/P, Artist proof’, Chemould Art Gallery, curated by Archana Hande.*

‘Migration, City, Home’, Birla Art Gallery, Calcutta, Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi, curated by Amit Mukhopadhaya.*

‘OK. Video’, Jakarta Video Art Festival, 2003, Indonesia, curated: Ade Darmawan, Ruangrupa.*

‘Sub terrain’, artworks in the city fold, Body. City, House of World Culture, Berlin, Germany, curated: Geeta Kapur.*

Pabellon de Cuba, Vedado, Havana Biennale, (Collaborative work by Open Circle), Cuba.*

‘Sites of Recurrence II’, Boras Konstmuseum, Boras, Sweden,curator Tamara Malmestrom, Elisabet Haglund (India Sabka video compilation)

‘Outside Wall’, public screenings, Lund Art Hall, Lund, Sweden. (India Sabka video compilation)

‘I love My India’, Total Museum, Seoul, Korea, curator Johan Pijnapple.

‘crossing generations: diVERGE, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, curated by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambrani.*

2002   

‘Sorry for the Inconvenience’, Siam Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand, curated by Gridthya Gaweewong.*

‘Moving Collection’, AIT Hour Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Govett- Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, curated by                Roger McDonald.

‘Liverpool Biennale, The Fourth Wall’, Public Art Development Trust (PADT), Liverpool, UK, curated by Kathryn Standing.

‘Under Construction’, Tokyo, The Japan Foundation Forum / Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Japan, curated Gridthya Gaweewong and others.*

2001   

‘Century City’ - Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, The Tate Modern, London, UK, curated by Geeta Kapur.*

‘AGREES’ (Art for Gujarat Relief Economic and Emotional Support, fund raiser), The National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.

Open Studios, Gasworks, London, UK.

‘Rest and Motion’, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa, curated by Kathryn Smith.

‘Camouflage’, The Nehru House, London, UK curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala.

2000   

The Mumbai Metaphor, Gallery Tao, Mumbai.

Guarene Arte 2000, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebandengo per l’Arte, Torino, Italy, Curators: Geeta Kapur, Franchesco Bonami

Anonymously Yours’, The British Council, Mumbai, India

‘Extreme Gourmet’ Food and Art, Indigo Gallery, Mumbai.

‘Open Circle’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

‘Art and Technology’, The National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India

‘Open Circuit’, The NSA Gallery, Durban, S. Africa, curated by Greg Streak.*

1999

Icons of the Millennium’, Lakereen The Contemporary Art Gallery, Mumbai*

One Person Show, FIA Gallery, Amsterdam.

Open Studios, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1998

Open Studios, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1997   

50 Years of Art in Bombay, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

Experiential Installation, Lakereen, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Mumbai

Gift for India’, traveling exhibition organized by SAHMAT, Delhi, Mumbai*

1996   

‘Aere Perennius’, Lakeeren, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Mumbai*

39th National Exhibition of Art, Delhi

‘100 Years of Cinema’, Group Show, Lakereen, Mumbai*

1994   

One Person Show, Alliance Francaise, Chennai

1993   

The Centenary Show, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai, India

One Person Show, Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad.

1989   

Annual Maharashtra State Art Exhibition, Pune, India

(solo shows in italics)              


There is a publication produced for the exhibitions marked with *

 

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

1990-01          

Sculpture Studios, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai.

1992-93   

Sculpture Studios, The Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad.

1996   

Ceramic Studios, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.

Conducted the Introduction workshop for Kamala Raheja Vidhyanidhi, Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai.

1997   

Conducted the Introduction workshop for Kamala Raheja Vidhyanidhi, Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai.

1998   

Founder, Member of Open Circle, an artists’ initiative for the organization and development of interactive platforms for artists in Mumbai.

2002   

Curated, Video Works, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai.

Co-curated the Indian section for Short and Sweet, German Short Film Festival, Prince of Wales Museum, Max Muller Bhavan, Mumbai.

Reclaim Our Freedom, a week long public awareness event, conceptualized, executed by Open Circle.

Curated Art Installation and Video Festival of the India Sabka Youth Festival.

Participated and organized

2010   

Public Art  Workshop, Periferry, Guwahati, Assam , India

2009   

Twisty Twosty artist’s workshop on Migration, Emami Chisel Art, Kolkata

Soil Bite, Khoj Bihar, International Artists workshop, Tarumitra, Patna,  curated by Shambhavi Singh

Edited the publication for Soil-Bite, Bihar.

2008   

Destination Asia,-Conversations at Elementa Dubai a collaborative project co –curated with Valeria Iberava, Sorus Foundation Almaty, Quddus Mirza, Lahore, Traveling exhibitions, seminar and publication.

International Artists workshop, Institute of Technology and Management, Gwalior,  curated by Vibha Galhotra

2007

Destination Asia, a collaborative project co –curated with Valeria Iberava, Sorus Foundation Almaty, Quddus Mirza, Pakistan, Traveling exhibitions, seminar and publication.

Conducted ‘Experiencing a Change’, video editing workshop at Open Circle with Gaurav Chandelya.

Facilitation and hosting of Novaia Liustra, artist group collaboration with the Japan Foundation and Ecole Mondial.

2006   

‘Changing Currents’ –a multi media, cross- disciplinary event  focusing on the various water related issues conceptualized, executed by Open Circle in collaboration with the NBA and the NAPM

Curated the Indian section (Short films from India), Max Muller Bhavan, Mumbai

Collaborative work  ‘Portable Gurukul/ School on Wheels’ Open Circle project conceptualization and co-ordination, Café 1, Vedado, Busan Biennale, KoreaBusan Biennale, Busan Modern Art Museum, South Korea. .*

Impossible India, group show, Frankfurter Kunstverein, curated by Nina Montmaan (Open Circle, various works , films and videos program curated by Sharmila Samant)  Frankfurt, Germany

Kathajaal –A Web of Stories Open Circle project conceptualization and co-ordination, 1st biennale of the Canaries, Spain*

People, Place, Nation Locating: Art & Self workshop, exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre Bhubaneshwar*

Panelist, Ramkinker Baij Centenary  International Seminar, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati , Santiniketan.

Speaker, Lecture Series by Renee Padt, Valand Academy of Fine Arts, Gothenberg, Sweden

HOLY DAMN IT, About the urge of radical answers Poster project to mobilize against the G-8 summit in Heiligendamm near Rostock, Germany, June 6-8,

2005   

Raffel for Tsunami rehabilitation, conceptualized, executed by Open Circle.

Yokohoma Triennale, Yokohama , Japan, (Collaborative work by Open Circle)

Selection of videos from India and Pakistan ( by Open Circle) for KO Video, 1st Durban Video Festival, organised by Pulse, Durban, South Africa.

2004    ‘Home With No Walls’, ‘Cabin Baggage’, ‘Open Call’, visual art exhibitions for the World Social Forum, conceptualized, executed by Open Circle.

‘Shifting Maps’, Rain Publication, book release, at the B- Book, Berlin, for Open Circle.

Bottle Neck Jamming-(Collaborative sound installation by Open Circle), ‘Edge of Desire: Recent art in India’, curated by Chaitanya Sambrani.

2003   

Curated an international show with 10 artists, Video Works, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai.

Co-curated the Indian section (In Our Times), Prince of Wales Museum, Max Muller Bhavan, Mumbai

Presently living and working in Mumbai, India

Recent Exhibits

Sharmila Samant participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 Forms of Activism
Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries - New Delhi
 
Feb, 2013 Move on Asia - Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012
ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
 
Jan, 2013 The Skoda Art prize
National Gallery of Modern Art - NGMA Delhi
 
Jan, 2012 Experiments with the Magyars
Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC)
 
Jan, 2012 Listen to Your Eyes
Lakeeren Art Gallery
 
Dec, 2011 Artists against AFSPA supporting Irom Sharmila
National Gallery of Modern Art - NGMA Mumbai
 
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