With emphasis on art, the India Art Fair has several talks and workshops planned around it
One of the biggest artistic events in India, like the 13th edition of the India Art Fair (IAF) opens at NSIC Grounds, Okhla on April 28, it promises to bring together some of the biggest names, from modern to contemporary. Spanning decades, works from a variety of genres will be on display and there will be art ranging from indigenous folk forms to NFTs. But beyond just the art exhibit, the four-day event will also include other programs to engage audiences. Here is what you can discover outside the stands of the gallery:
To take a walk
Looking at over thousands of artworks in a day can be daunting and it can also help someone create a theme or provide perspective on the artworks. At the IAF, this need is met by organized walks. Taking place throughout the day, from April 29 to May 1, the walks will be led by curators who will guide participants on a range of themes – from “Modern, Contemporary, Folk”, which explores the relationship between the three, to “Art in the World” which deliberates on “What is the role of art in society today? How does it archive, record and document the past and speak to in the present moment?” While “Click, Click, Click” focuses on the medium of photography, “Art Meets Tech” is aimed at the digitally inclined and explores mediums such as NFT. Each walk lasts 30 to 40 minutes For pre-registration, email [email protected]
Do a little learning
One can also become an artist or learn more about its nuances by choosing to attend one of the many workshops at the fair. Reimagined by LAND (Learning through Arts, Narrative and Discourse), the workshop series is for everyone. Among other things, in a three-day “Thinker’s Garden” workshop, teachers and educators will discuss how to create space for art in their classrooms and design modules that encourage students to express their creativity. In another workshop, conservator Shreya Sharma will teach participants the basics of preventive art conservation.
There are also many workshops led by artists. Artist Pratyush Gupta will help attendees create their own pop-up books in one session, and another will have artist Gurjeet Singh invite attendees to create soft sculptures using textiles. “Warp, Weft and Memories,” led by artist Arpita Akhanda, will ask participants to bring photographs or photocopies of images that represent their idea of home. The artist will help them create a work of art as “a way to rediscover themselves and their personal stories”. To register, write to [email protected].
For a word
While there will be a section at the fair filled with art memorabilia and publications, the IAF will also see several book launches.
Experimenter Books will present the first iteration of Experimenter Editions, “Drawn from Practice”, a portfolio of signed works reproductions in a limited edition of 100 copies, shared by artists Ayesha Sultana, Biraaj Dodiya, Julien Segard, Prabhakar Pachpute, Radhika Khimji , Rathin Barman and Sahil Naik. The artists’ prints are accompanied by a preparatory drawing, expressing the ideas that drive their works.
On April 29, a Braille book, The art of Benode Behari Mukherjee, published by Kolkata Center for Creativity in collaboration with Access for All, will be launched. It features five paintings converted into tactile works of art and an accompanying essay by his friend and fellow modernist KG Subramanyan.
In the book Fire in the soul: the art of PR Daroz, presented and published by Gallerie Nvya and published by Pundole Art Gallery, significant contributions from the Indian ceramist have been recorded. Coming out April 30, written by Michael and Dipalee Daroz, it covers distinct phases of his career, from large architectural installations to delicate porcelain and ceramic works. The same day will also see the launch of a new photobook, Guftgu, curated and edited by Anshika Varma of Offset Projects. It will discuss the practice of ten contemporary photographers from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora, including Adira Thekkuveettil, Amarnath Praful, Arko Datto, Arun Vijai Mathavan, Cheryl Mukherjee, Diwas Raja KC, Jaisingh Nageshwaran, Nandita Raman, Nida Mehboob and Uma Bista. .
Dedicated to sculpture, Chawla Art Gallery will bring to the fair Molded Magic: Sculpture on a Bench by curator Sushma K Bahl.
The fair will also see experts discuss various artistic practices and trends on the stage. Several conferences will take place during the fair. If on April 30 (2-2:45 p.m.), artist Atul Dodiya will be in conversation with her longtime friend and gallerist, Shireen Gandhy of Chemould Prescott Road, on April 29 (3-3:45 p.m.), the writer and critic of Renowned art Gayatri Sinha will give a talk in memory of the late Satish Gujral, who passed away in 2020. On May 1 (3-3:45 p.m.), artist Hetain Patel will speak with gallery owner Mortimer Chatterjee of Chatterjee & Lal, about his film Trinity, and his personal history and identity as a British artist of Indian origin.
April 29 (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Partha Mitter, Parul Dave Mukherji and Rakhee Balaram, eminent art historians and editors of the new flagship publication, 20th century Indian art, published by Thames & Hudson in association with Art Alive Gallery, will be in conversation with social anthropologist Manuela Ciotti and art historian Naman Ahuja, contributors to the book. The discussion will focus on the making of the book and the major movements and artists that have defined Indian art. It will be moderated by writer Premjish Achari.
On May 1 (from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.), photographer Raghu Rai will be in conversation with Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, on their book Through their eyes: Raghu Rai and Emmanuel Lenainwith photographs of Paris taken by Rai and of India by the Ambassador.
Catching the latest trend in NFT Art, meanwhile, will be a session on the medium (April 30, 4-4:45 p.m.) which will feature multimedia and NFT artist Raghava KK, Aparajita Jain of Indian platform NFT as panelists. Terrain.art and Om Malviya from the blockchain platform Tezos India.
For the full program, log on to http://www.indiartfair.in