EXHIBITION "Evidence Room : A Retrospective of Negotiating Routes" a group show of multi-media projects at KHOJ Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension > 2nd February to 15th March 2017
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Time : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 02/02/2017 11:00 15/03/2017 19:00 Asia/Kolkata EXHIBITION "Evidence Room : A Retrospective of Negotiating Routes" a group show of multi-media projects Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/02/exhibition-evidence-room-retrospective.html KHOJ Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi - 110017 DD/MM/YYYY
Entry : Free
Venue : KHOJ Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi - 110017
Venue Info : khojworkshop.org | Nearest Metro Station - 'Malviya Nagar (Yellow Line) Exit Gate - 3'
Area : Saket
Event Description : EXHIBITION "Evidence Room : A Retrospective of Negotiating Routes" a group show of multi-media projects.
The artists whose work is being displayed include Aastha Chauhan, Asim Waqif and Vaibhav Dimri, Frame Works, Jyotiranjan Jena; Namrata Mehta, Alex White-Mazzarella and Soaib Grewal; Priya Ravish Mehra, Sanyukta Sharma, Shilpa Joglekar, Shweta and Aditi Bhattad, Sunandita Mehrotra, Surekha and Varsha Nair.
These works reference a selection of projects from Khoj’s ongoing engagement with ecology and sustainable development. Since 2010 to 2014, Khoj has selected and given grants to artists for fourteen such projects under their public art initiative Negotiating Routes, to live and work with fishermen, villagers, farmers etc and create an alternate road map where artists and communities come together and are involved in discussions on the regeneration of the local ecology of the cities of villages that they inhabit. These projects spanned semi-urban and rural areas as diverse as Chamba in Uttarakhand, Chungthang in Sikkim and Wadhwana Wetlands in Gujarat to Jakkur Lake in Bangalore, Chilika Lake in Odisha and Najibabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Says Mario D’Souza, Curator, Khoj Studios: “Khoj has selected 12 of these projects and the artists were asked to recreate their work which could be shown easily on site at the Khoj premises. Through photographs, videos, sculptural work and textual documentation, visitors will get to see the alternative road map for sustainable development in our country.”
For instance, in 2010, Amit Mahanti and Ruchika Negi of Frame Works collective chose to travel to Chungthang and Dzongu region of Sikkim to study the changing ecology of the mountain state due to dams. They created a catalogue of their impressions about people’s anxieties about the damage of habitat through conversations with the locals and through photographic documentation. In the show at Khoj, they will be showing three video films that speak about such a memory and loss with reference to water as a resource.
Sunandita Mehrotra lived and worked with one of the oldest women members of the Chipko Movemnet in Tehri Garhwal region. “I realised the angst women folk had about their role not being recognized in this movement.” For the show, Sunandita has created a 12-page graphic comic book, in the shape of an accordion, narrating some of these tales.
Jyotiranjan Jena, a visual artist from Odisha, is interested in the natural ecology of Chilika Lake. Chilika is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds in the Indian subcontinent and also provides livelihood to more than 15,000 fishermen. “I involved the local communities around the lake and using an indigenous yet dying art form called Ravan Chaya (shadow puppetry dance), I created a performative event for my project.” At Khoj, he is creating a prototype of a wooden boat projecting similar shadows and images about the bio-diversity of the lake and Odisha.
Namrata Mehta, Alex White-Mazzarella and Soaib Grewal have created three wall size prints of an akhara in Tigra village, Gurgaon. “It’s a reference to our visit to this area in the millennium city where ‘development’ has led to huge loss of agricultural land. Through images of this akhara, we bring to notice our disappearing cultural heritage and traditions.”
Priya Ravish Mehra is a textile artist who visited Najibabad, our country’s most important but unheard shawl repair centre, in Uttar Pradesh in 2012 to document the rafoogars of the area. Rafoogari is a traditional skill of darning and their project aims to highlight this by engaging the community in process of creating contemporary works. At Khoj, Priya will be showing a huge installation of coloufrul textile patches done usingrafoogari.
Shilpa Joglekar’s project was done in Khopoli and Panvel in Maharashtra where she worked with government school children who shared with her the stories and songs they had grown up with. At Khoj, she is showing some of this poetry along with drawings made by these children. Shweta Bhattad and Aditi Bhattad worked in Paradsinga in Madhya Pradesh where they created portable makeshift toilets for women. In the show at Khoj, small replicas of the same will be available. Sanyukta Sharma’s project done in Bungalow ki Kandi village in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand with the natural materials like trees and butterflies found in the region has been converted into instagram photographs and handmade slides that will be shown at Khoj.
Surekha’s project is about the Jakkur Lake in Bangalore – another water body under threat due to unbridled development - which she has been documenting for 12 years and some of these photographs will be displayed at Khoj. Varsha Nair displays maps drawn by children of Wadhwanas in Gujarat documenting lifestyle changes in this area, while Astha Chauhan’s project in Chamba that sought to talk about the importance of traditional medicinal plants will be recreated through a live radio station, quirky advertisements and samples of seeds from the region.
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