Post-Boom: Artists and Their Practices

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Detail of 'Thoughts and Words' (2016) Dhruvi Acharya Mixed Media on canvas 42 x 42 inches

Detail of 'Thoughts and Words' (2016) Dhruvi Acharya Mixed Media on canvas 42 x 42 inches

We invite four contemporary artists to discuss how they, as a post-boom generation of artists, direct their art-making process through personal meaning and subsequent public presentation. We delve into how they contextualize themselves within the local and global art community, art market and art production realms. We explore how they consider traditional spaces of privacy and intimate belonging through their practices surrounding inner and outer contexts. From body politics to the socio-cultural perceptions of gender, sexuality, and domesticity, these artists explore individual and collective identity through their art. Through this discussion we hope to explore the methods, major influences, and mediums artists employ today.

Dhruvi Acharya focuses on the psychological and emotional aspects of an urban woman’s life in a world teeming with discord, violence and pollution. Employing a subtle, dark and wry humour, her work draws viewers into a world where thoughts are as visible as “reality”, and where the protagonists live and metamorphose by the logic of that world. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, USA in 1998, and completed her Post Baccalaureate in 1996 from the same college. Acharya began exhibiting her works professionally in 1998 in the USA where she spent 10 years. She has held solo exhibitions with Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Nature Morte in New Delhi and Kravets/Wehby in New York. Her selected participations include shows at the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, Chatrapati Shivaji Museum in Mumbai, Griffith University in Brisbane, Spazio Oberdan in Milan, Webster University in St Louis, BosePacia Modern in New York, National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and the Queens Museum of Art in New York. Acharya lives and works in Mumbai.

Amshu Chukki graduated with MVA (Painting) in 2014 and BVA (Painting) in 2012 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. His practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and sculpture. In his ongoing engagements with the notion of fictionalized spaces and narratives of dystopias, he is interested in the manner in which the boundaries between the real and illusory can fold into one another, keeping in mind an understanding of the filmic and in particular, the tropes of film noir. Chukki was listed in the ‘Forbes India 30 under 30 2016’ and awarded the INLAKS Fine Arts Award in 2014. He has been exhibited as a solo artist at the Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai, (2017). His group exhibitions include, ‘Asia Film Focus 2017: Time Machine’ film festival, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, Singapore, 2017, ‘Home’ at Chatterjee and Lal, Bombay in 2015. His work has been exhibited in New York, St.Moritz, Switzerland, and Ahmedabad.

Abir Karmakar was born in 1977 in Siliguri, Bengal. He studied at the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata (Bachelor of Visual Arts, Painting), and the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda (MA, Painting). Karmakar is known for his paintings of interiors, that convey the tentative mood of its inhabitants. The delicacy of his brushstroke and his technical proficiency with paint lend the interiors almost anthropomorphic qualities. Karmakar resists the homogenisation of space and commodification of painting. Rather, he responds to the open-endedness of the medium and celebrates it as continually expanding and evolving, forcing us to critically rethink the prevailing conditions of its production, perception, display, and distribution. Abir Karmakar has held solo exhibitions at Aicon Gallery, New York, Galerie Heike Curtze, Berlin, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai. His work has been presented in group exhibitions at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; the Yale University School of Art, New Haven; Essl Museum, Vienna, and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi. He lives and works in Baroda.

Prajakta Potnis sails through painting, site-specific sculptural installations to public art interventions. She has extensively shown her works since 2001 nationally and internationally. In 2017, Potnis participated in a couple of group exhibitions within Mumbai and Delhi and won the Umrao Singh Shergil Grant for Photography 2016-17. This year she has been exhibited at the TKG foundation and Cube space, Taipei, O.K video - Indonesia media arts festival, and was part of an iconic exhibition “India Re- Worlded: Seventy Years of Investigating a Nation”, Curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala marking 70 year of independence. In 2016 she was invited to participate at the 11th Gwangju Biennale. Additional exhibitions include Queens museum, New York (2015), Kochi -Muziris Biennale (2014), Chemould Art Gallery, Mumbai (2014). She participated in Textile Languages at the Thalie Art Foundation, Brussels; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; and Clark House Initiative, Chennai Art Festival, and the Hanart Tz Gallery, Hong Kong (2013). She lives and works in Mumbai. 

Girish Shahane has degrees in English literature from Elphinstone College, Bombay University, and Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was editor and later consulting editor of Art India magazine. He has been a columnist for Time Out magazine, DNA newspaper and Yahoo India. Exhibitions curated by him include Art / Technology (Max Mueller Bhavan Gallery, Bombay, 2000); Home Spun (Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, 2011); Midnight’s Grandchildren (Studio X, Bombay, 2014); and Abstract Chronicles (Gallery OED, Kochi, 2016). He was Director of the Skoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art from 2011 to 2014, Artistic Director of Art Chennai 2014, and Artistic Director of the India Art Fair 2015. He contributes a weekly column to Scroll.in. 

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Event Details

Thu 16 Nov 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

Max Mueller Bhavan K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda Mumbai 400 001

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