ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Group Show - Max Mueller Bhavan - October 1st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai is pleased to present Calcutta: Chitpur Road Neighborhoods, a presentation of photographs by twenty one German photographers, under the guidance of Peter Bialobrzeski. This body of work is unique in its methodology as its main aim was to develop a coherent, unified approach towards the subject. It challenged traditional ideas associated with originality and aimed at creating a more universal aesthetic of photography shared by these 21 photographers.&nbsp; This reversal of thinking was in itself a challenge, and it was absolutely important to overcome it in order for the project to be a success. The participants worked in groups and took turns to direct the shoots. Their aim was to &ldquo;A good picture a day&rdquo;. &nbsp;They worked under the collective name: &nbsp;&lsquo;A Kolkata Heritage Photo Project&rsquo;, and are the joint authors of this body of work.<br /><br />During the 19th century, Kolkata was one of the most economically affluent cities in India under the British, the city elites demonstrated their affluence by building huge palaces in a unique mix of traditional Moghul architecture with classical and Victorian elements. Today, the neighbourhoods around the historical axis of Chitpur road in North Kolkata, still exhibit the remnants of this architecture style. Though decaying as architecture monuments, they still house a vibrant community. The project aimed at capturing these two extremities of the area, without deviating from their set approach.<br /><br />In 2008, Hatje Cantz published the book &lsquo;Calcutta: Chitpur Road Neighborhoods&rsquo;, based on this project. Though all the 21 photographers were students of Peter Bialobrzeski at the University of Arts Bremen in 2006, today they are all individual professional photographers. The Kolkata Heritage Project consists of Claudia Aguilar, Johanna Ahlert, Bj&ouml;rn Behrens, J&ouml;rg Br&uuml;ggemann, Tine Casper, Franziska von den Driesch, Anja Engelke, Tobias Gratz, Christian G&uuml;ssow, D&ouml;rte Haupt, Andr&eacute; Hemstedt, Manja Herrmann, Torben H&ouml;ke, Britta Isenrath, Joanna Kosowska, J&oslash;rgen Kube, Pia Pollmanns, Silke Schmidt, Inga Seevers, Marion &Uuml;dema, Sandy Volz.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>About Peter Bialobrzeski</strong><br />Peter Bialobrzeski studied photography at the Folkwangschule in Essen and the LCP in London. His work has been exhibited in Europe, USA, Asia, Afrika and Australia. He won several awards including the prestigious World Press Photo Award 2003 and 2010. Since 2002 Peter is a regular Professor for photography at the University of the Arts in Bremen/Germany. Furthermore he runs workshops around the world. He is represented by Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, LA Galerie in Frankfurt/Germany and also shows with Robert Morat Gallery in his hometown Hamburg, as well as at m97 Gallery in Shanghai. In 2012 he was honoured with the Erich Salomon Award by the German Society of Photographers (DGPh).</p> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:31:48 +0000 Priya Ravish Mehra, Matthias Spiess, nidhi khurana - Galerie Romain Rolland - Alliance Francaise Delhi - October 4th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p>This exhibition blends the practice of Nidhi Khurana, Matthias Spiess and Priya Ravish<br />Mehra, three artists whose exploration of thread as a medium has brought them together.<br />Swiss artist Matthias Spiess came to India for a residency funded by CMS/IAAB, K and<br />facilitated by Pro Helvetia in 2012/13. Matthias was able to spend six months in Lajpat<br />Nagar, where he made the acquaintance of Nidhi Khurana and Priya Ravish Mehra, both<br />artists working with textiles in unique ways. They discovered they shared similar artistic<br />approaches expressed through different media and a common interest in re-interpreting<br />traditional design and in recycling discarded materials from their surroundings. The thread<br />linked their practice and helped them develop new works in conversation with each other.<br />According to Cas Holmes, a well known textile artist, 'reusing found materials is a form of<br />alchemy'. The artists use this alchemy to express their artistic research and to connect with<br />one another, finding a line that unites their work to their practices and learning from<br />backgrounds, geographies, mediums and preoccupations, bringing them forth in their formal<br />dialogue with one another. Despite this not being a 'hands-on' co-production, this exhibition<br />can be considered a collaborative show due to their encounter and their sharing of ideas and<br />experiences during the time they spent together. Spiess, Mehra and Khurana expose a<br />genuine creation: the materialization of space for intellectual connection.<br />During his residency, Matthias was influenced by the role of textile in Indian culture and<br />decided to incorporate it into his until then purely geometrical representations, reimaging<br />patterns in combination with traditional Indian techniques. Nidhi Khurana uses the<br />insignificant katran thrown away by most tailors and designers to create maps of real and<br />imagined spaces, mapping her experiences and those of others she encounters, while<br />Priya's work revolves around the use of distressed textile pieces and the idea of repair<br />through the ancestral practice of darning (Rafoogari). Linking together these three artists is<br />the thread; embroidered, darned, stitched in grids, piecing together what is left behind:<br />making new with old.</p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:34:45 +0000 Group Show - Aakriti Art Gallery - New Delhi - October 8th 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM <p>One of the key initiatives of Aakriti Art Gallery is the constant search for unexplored territories in modern contemporary art beyond boundaries. Over the past ten years Aakriti has thrived to provide a platform for fresh young artists whose works reflect originality and resonate a voice for the new generation of artists. GenNext, the annual show was conceived in 2006 to create a platform for young artists to showcase their talents. &nbsp;The past seven editions of GenNext have brought to the limelight some incredibly talented young artists. The artists featured are below 40 and the works are in a wide range of styles and mediums. The selected artists featured, provides for an eclectic mix of experimental and new media which are often laced with social stances on the state of affairs in the modern world, with deeply personal works rendered in classical styles. The works featured include photography, paintings, sculpture and new media. The selected artists for the previous editions of GenNext have gone to establish themselves as major names in the art world.&nbsp; The seven editions of &lsquo;Gen Next&rsquo; presented during the span of eight years have posited the inner strain within the contemporary life, also the struggle of the artists to find its suitable form through assimilation of traditional, modern and post-modern. For the first time, GenNext VIII would be held at Aakriti Art Gallery, Delhi. The show would open from the &nbsp;8th &ndash; 31st of October from 11am to 7pm.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:11:35 +0000 MITA BRAHMA - Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries - New Delhi - October 26th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>An exhibition of oils and water colours celebrating the journey of water bodies through the earth. Depicting the flluidity and garce of flowing water.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:25:37 +0000