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Drawing inspiration from 'Cabinets of Curiosities'\, the oft entimes eccentric collections of objects in Renaissance Europe\, Samanta Ba tra Mehta's work in her first solo exhibition broadly maps connectio ns between the human condition and the environment we inhabit. An insatiabl e collector of antiquarian books\, historical maps\, prints and objects of interest\, Batra Mehta has delved into her personal collections to depict t hemes that incorporate personal identity\, gender constructs\, social order and colonial history. 

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'Cabinets of Curiosities'\, also kno wn as 'Cabinets of Wonder'\, were a collection of oddities which defied str ict categorization but could be said to be specimens (or facsimiles) that b elonged to the natural world\, relics of religion\, scientific instruments\ , human biology and archaeology\, among others. Such collections were regar ded to be a reflections of the collector/owner's inner-psyche: a microcosm of thought\, belief and interest. 

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In this body of work span ning photography\, prints\, drawings and installation\, Batra Mehta journey s through her experiences in  family history\, childhood nostalgia\, parent hood and\, moving beyond the realm of the personal\, towards themes in  gen der constructs\, sociocultural order and post-colonial theory. As an artist Indian artist living in New York for the past decade- she obliquely allude s to issues of identity\, dislocation and migration. Batra Mehta uses antiq uarian objects and texts to re-purpose them and ascribe alternative meaning s to the same. Her visual vocabulary often has elements of the human form i ntertwined with that of nature. Nature/landscape is seen as a metaphor for the body (and vice-versa) and as a site for germination\, nourishment\, deg radation\, trespass\, plunder\, colonization and transgression. 

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Biography
S amanta Batra Mehta was born in New Delhi\, India in 1975 and lives in New Y ork\, USA. Her work has been exhibited at various international venues incl uding at the Queens Museum of the Arts\, the Elizabeth Foundation for the A rts and Aicon Gallery in New York\, the Hunterdon Museum and the Visual Art s Center in New Jersey\, Gallery BMB and Bodhi Art Gallery in Bombay. In 20 10 she was invited by Galerie LMD\, Paris to exhibit her work and make a 24 foot long site-specific mural at the Salon Du Dessin Contemporain\, held a t the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. She participated at Art Stage\, Singapo re in 2011 and at the India Art Fair\, New Delhi in 2011 and 2012 with Shri ne Empire Gallery\, New Delhi.

Samanta’s works are included in private collections in the USA\, India and abroad including in the collect ion of the prestigious Fondazione Fotografia Cassa di Risparmio di Modena i n Italy. In 2012 the Fondazione Fotographia showcased her work in at their museum in Modena\, Italy in a landmark exhibition curated by Filippo Maggia \, titled 'Tenth Parallel North: Contemporary Photography from India and So uth America' (Decimo Parallelo Nord: Fotografia Contemporanea da India e Su damerica).

In 2013\, Samanta is scheduled to have solo exhibit ions of her work with Shrine Empire Gallery\, New Delhi\, Sakshi Gallery in Bombay and Artopia Gallery in Milan. Her work will be included at the Indi a Art Fair 2013\, Bologna Arte Fiere 2013 and Art HK 2013 in Hong Kong\, an d at a group exhibition on South Asian Diaspora art ‘Her Stories’ at the Ta ubman Museum of Art in Virgina\, USA. 

Recent publications inc lude\, ‘Contemporary Photography from India and South America’: The Tenth P arallel North' [Hardcover] by Filippo Maggia\, Claudia Fini\, Francesca Laz zarini (Skira\, 2012)

DTEND:20130518 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130418 GEO:28.5669316;77.2609897 LOCATION:Shrine Empire Gallery\,7\, Friends Colony (West) \nNew Delhi\, 110 065 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:"THE OTHER SIDE OF TIME" \, Samanta Batra Mehta UID:270962 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130418T200000 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130418T180000 GEO:28.5669316;77.2609897 LOCATION:Shrine Empire Gallery\,7\, Friends Colony (West) \nNew Delhi\, 110 065 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:"THE OTHER SIDE OF TIME" \, Samanta Batra Mehta UID:270963 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130520 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130514 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings \, Vijayraaj Bodhankar UID:277292 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130520 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130514 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings/Sculptures \, Sheela Sharma\, Sudheer Sharma UID:277293 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130520 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130514 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings \, Vijaykumar Dhumal UID:277294 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130520 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130514 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings \, Rachana Parekh\, Tanvi Pathare UID:277297 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130521 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130515 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings \, Milli Vikamshi UID:277295 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130515T190000 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130515T110000 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings \, Milli Vikamshi UID:277296 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130522 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130518 GEO:28.590879;77.2261317 LOCATION:India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery\,Lodi Road \nNew Delhi\ , 110003 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Tarab Khan UID:271350 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130518T200000 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130518T110000 GEO:28.590879;77.2261317 LOCATION:India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery\,Lodi Road \nNew Delhi\ , 110003 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Tarab Khan UID:271351 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

DTEND:20130522 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130517 GEO:28.6080578;77.2274253 LOCATION:Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)\,Azad Bhavan\, I.P. E state \nNew Delhi\, New Delhi 110002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Betwe en India and Peru UID:275991 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130517T204500 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130517T184500 GEO:28.6080578;77.2274253 LOCATION:Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)\,Azad Bhavan\, I.P. E state \nNew Delhi\, New Delhi 110002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Betwe en India and Peru UID:275992 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Magali is French by nationality but an Indian at heart after spending 18 years in India. She has been able to develop and grow her pass ion for photography and travels.

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The ultimate for her is the abilit y of finding beauty everywhere and keeping her eyes open for colours\, shap es\, lines\, textures and forms.

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She tries to use her camera as a c reative tool not only to document or show what is in front of her but to en hance it with the help of light and sometimes with paint or sculptors. This exercise can be tricky and not always successful but what is important is to have fun. She experiences depth of the knowledge from these experiments.

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Taking pictures is her meditation\, salvation\, relaxation and fai th.

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Interior Landscapes of NEENA NEHRU and ANITA TIWARY\n

Oils\, Acrylics\, Installations

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Neena Nehru :  Societ y’s attitudes to the role and position of women is reflected in its art. Ne ena Nehru was struck by the fact that\, all over the world and throughout h istory\, women have almost always been portrayed\, either as beautiful obje cts of desire\, or as suffering\, oppressed victims\; they are strong only as mythical characters - as goddesses or comic-book super-women. Rarely\, i f ever\, are the ‘feminine’ qualities of gentleness\, nurturing\, compassio n\, sympathy celebrated.

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Neena’s present exhibition examines these issues through installations and paintings. A section of the show explores the changing facets of a woman’s persona. Another group of paintings depict woman\, not as a force trying to dominate Nature\, but as a part of it. A group of heads which cannot be easily identified as male or female suggest the equality of the sexes when it comes to the essential qualities of mind and ability.

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Neena’s work is part of a joint exhibition with abstra ct artist Anita Tiwary

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Anita Tiwary : The titles of Anita Ti wary’s paintings are as evocative and sentimental as her work of art. Anita ’s works are surreal in its visual appearance and thematically they move in to a space where she seeks to negotiate the interplay of real and unreal in her works. These works conceal an unknown reality and evoke an abstract vi sual representation of our realities. These visual forms are ‘Soulscapes’ o f Anita’s mind and how she sees it. Thus she defamiliarises the familiar fo r us and creates a new spatial dimension in her paintings for the viewers.< /p> DTEND:20130524 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130504 GEO:28.6272269;77.2323495 LOCATION:Art Heritage Gallery\,Triveni Kala Sangam\, 205\, Tansen Marg \nNe w Delhi\, 110001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:FEMINIST MAPPINGS II\, Neena Nehru\, Anita Tiwary UID:273450 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130504T193000 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130504T170000 GEO:28.6272269;77.2323495 LOCATION:Art Heritage Gallery\,Triveni Kala Sangam\, 205\, Tansen Marg \nNe w Delhi\, 110001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:FEMINIST MAPPINGS II\, Neena Nehru\, Anita Tiwary UID:273705 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Khoj International Artists' Association and Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan announce Mario Pfeifer's first solo exhibition at an Ind ian institution presenting his acclaimed and widely exhibited installation project A Formal Film in Nine Episodes\, Prologue &\; Epilogue (2010).

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The multiple-channel high-definition video installa tion\, originally shot on 35 mm colour negative\, was preceded by extensive on-location research for months in Greater Mumbai . Meticulously framed mo ving images – shot by Avijit Mukul Kishore – and a detailed soundscape pres ent a kaleidoscopic view of a megalopolis that is constantly growing and al tering. Taking a formal approach to the situations he encountered\, Mario P feifer reveals societal issues of class\, urban change\, notions of manual and digital production and attitudes towards religious\, cultural and symbo lic customs. In the process he declines to provide any explanation or comme ntary to accompany the scenes he depicts. Instead his project offers an ope n space for spectators to actively and critically engage with the visible o n an individual basis\, acknowledging there may be diverse possible reading s for audiences. While the audience have different points of access in the installation\, cultural backgrounds and experiences\, together constitute t oday's global society\, shaped as it is by common sources of knowledge prod uction and development.

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Composed of mutually independent\, self-con tained episodes\, the installation is of a flexible nature as the combinati on of episodes\, prologue and epilogue\, as well as the number of projectio ns\, alters in correspondence to curatorial ideas and the architectural con dition of the exhibition space it is shown in. With its images resistant to classification within any clearly defined genre\, the film meanders betwee n what is considered documentary and fictive notions of image production\, pointing at the difficulties inherent in the act of representation and the artist's own involvement in a local context he would otherwise not be part of. With A Formal Film Mario Pfeifer distances himself from do cumentarianism and the use of commentaries\, and instead casts doubts on th e social critique that such aesthetics evoke and which itself might appear as a form of colonialist encroachment in today's globalized society.

\n< p>Following his installation project and its wide reception in the West\, P feifer devoted the last year to editing A Critical Reader\, in cluding it as part of his project and a means to collaboratively investigat e many of the themes and issues that are raised in his film and resonate wi thin society today. In a series of conversations and essays scholars from d iverse fields and of different national and cultural origins were invited t o reflect on cultural production\, national identity\, education\, class re lations\, urban\, economic and social themes. Kaushik Bhaumik remarks in hi s essay Surfacing the Alchemical Urban that “many strategies o f the film come together in the figure of the eunuch – an attempt to mix co ncrete and flesh and the idea of conjugality”\, and further wonders if “Ind ia's asymmetrical modernity [is] made possible and indeed blessed by the 'a ndrogynous' presence of the 'lower middle class' in vast numbers?”[Kaushik Baumhik: “Surfacing the Alchemical Urban” in A Formal Film in Nine Episodes \, Prologue and Epilogue – A Critical Reader (Spector Books\, Leipzig\, 201 3)\, p.174]

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In his essay on Pfeifer's undertaking\, Shanay Jhaveri asks: “Do the images cave in under layered formal choices that seek to clea rly forefront an awareness of the ethics of representation or do they absor b the formal choices?” [Shanay Jhaveri:“'Inside' and 'Outside' a Frame of H istorical and Cultural Referentiality?”\, ibid.\, p.58]. Ranjit Hoskote not es that “Pfeifer's approach provokes me into asking whose reality it is tha t is being represented ... Even as recently as ten years ago\, it seemed po litically appropriate for Indians like myself – scholars\, critics\, theori sts\, artists and curators – to deploy a 'strategic essentialism'[See Sara Danius\, Stefan Jonsson and Gayatri C. Spivak\, “An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak”\, in Boundary 2\,Vol. 20 No. 2 (Duke University Press\, Summer 1993)\, pp. 24–50].... and claim an authority by birthright over an y representation of India or Indians ... On the contrary [the film] provoke s me into a state of curiosity\, acting by allusive indirection.”[Ranjit Ho skote: “Imagining India” in A Formal Film\, pp. 242–46]

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Sunil Sarkar was born at the foothills of Himalaya in North Bengal in 1965 and his entire childhood was surrounded by the amazing sceni c beauty of bountiful nature. Inspired by serene surroundings\, Sunil start ed capturing visuals from his everyday life on pencil and paper since he wa s very young. Driven by his passion for art\, Sunil moved to Kolkata in 198 5 to study Fine Arts in Indian College of Art and successfully graduated to pursue his quest for Art\,
Sunil has been working in various media a nd experimenting with various forms and content. Sunil’s skill in handling charcoal has been greatly appreciated. His works have been exhibited in dif ferent galleries in various cities. Sunil has been associated with HabitArt since its inception.   

DTEND:20130526 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130518 GEO:12.9910869;77.5920295 LOCATION:Alliance Francaise de Bangalore\, India\,16\, G M T Road.Vasanthna gar \nBangalore\, Karnataka 560 001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Art\, Sunil Sarkar UID:278455 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130527 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130521 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Paintings \, Dilipkumar Patil UID:278451 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130527 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130521 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings \, Ramesh Gujar UID:278452 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130527 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130521 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings \, Devidas Dharmadhikari UID:278453 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130527 DTSTAMP:20141123T201001 DTSTART:20130521 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings/Sculptures \, Shitanshu Maurya\, Divya Pandey\, Ashish M ohan\, neeraj patel\, Anju Paliwal\, Amit Verma\, Chandan Agarwal\, Mainaz Bano\, Mohan Bhoya\, Amit Kumar\, Shatrudhan Gupta UID:278454 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR