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25th November

Title: Propositions: ’Art. Curation. Community.’ (One Day Colloquium)

Time:  10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Speakers: Gauri Parimoo Krishnan (Curator, Museum Consultant, Founding Partner DMBG Consultants LLP),  Abhay Sardesai (Editor, Art India), Naman P. Ahuja (Art Historian, Curator, Professor SAA/JNU), Tushar Joag (Artist, Curator, Pedagogue, Associate Professor SNU)

Event Description: This one-day colloquium will be an attempt to propose innovative visions on art, curation, community, architecture and environment.  We are inviting experts in these relevant areas to be a part of Bhubaneswar Art Trail 2018 (BAT 2018) and share their propositions in developing new ways of making, displaying, and disseminating art, constructing inclusive built spaces for a sustainable future, and devise radical solutions to address the environmental crisis. Through this series of presentations, we are expecting an intense dialogue between the experts and the community and highlight art’s ability in reshaping perceptions. This colloquium will bring together various such approaches where innovative ways of understanding history, craft practices, contemporary art, curation, architecture, etc. has redefined the way communities participate in history making, the production and reception of art and bringing new possibilities for the community.

Venue: Conference Hall-1,Panthanivas,Lewis Road,Bhubaneswar

About the Speakers

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Dr. Gauri Parimoo Krishnan is an independent curator and museum consultant based in Singapore and India and a founding partner of DMBG Consultants LLP. She has been the Lead Curator and inaugural Centre Director in charge of developing the Indian Heritage Centre as well as senior curator for South Asia and Deputy Director of Research and Publications at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. She has taught art history and aesthetics at Baroda’s Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

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Abhay Sardesai has been the Editor of ART India, the premier art magazine of India, since November 2002. He has been a Visiting Faculty in Aesthetics at the Department of English, University of Mumbai, and has been the Chair of Humanities, KRVI, Mumbai. He has also taught at TISS, BDLM and SNDT University. He writes in English and translates from Marathi, Konkani and Gujarati. An associate of the research collective PUKAR, he was the Director of the Writing Across the City project which explored the inter-relationships between literatures and literary cultures in the city of Mumbai. He has written widely on Art and Literature and read from his work at various places.

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Naman P. Ahuja is a curator of Indian art, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Co-Editor of Marg Publications. He was curator of Indian sculpture at the British Museum in 2001, and contributed to the exhibition and catalogue of Divine Presence: The Arts of India and the Himalayas at Casa Asia in Barcelona in 2003. He has curated a number of exhibitions on classical and contemporary art and is most noted for his critically acclaimed exhibition on The Body in Indian Art and Thought (2013). He recently co-curated India and the World: A History in Nine Stories at the National Museum and CSMVS. his studies on terracottas, ivories and small finds have drawn attention to the foundations of Indian iconography and transcultural exchanges at an everyday, quotidian level. His latest book, The Art and Archaeology of Ancient India, Earliest times to the sixth century (2018), presents a catalogue raisonné of the Ashmolean Museum, where he was a Fellow from 2002-‘04. 

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Tushar Joag was born in Mumbai in 1966. He completed his Bachelors in Fine art in 1988 (Sir JJ. School of Art, Mumbai) and Masters in 1990 (M.S. University, Baroda). After spending two years (1998 to 2000) at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he returned to Mumbai and co-founded the artists initiative Open Circle in 2000. He has been involved in organizing and coordinating activities in Mumbai and for the World Social Forum in Brazil and Kenya. He has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions. He has been a Visiting Faculty, and has delivered numerous talks and seminars in India and abroad on invitation. He has been a member of jury for various awards and academic examinations in prestigious institutions. He has been part of numerous exhibitions at the national and international level of which some important ones are 'Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art', National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Korea,curated by Akiko Miki,  The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today - The Saatchi Gallery, London, 'Cultural Hijack', curated by Benjamin Parry and Peter McCaughey, Architecture Association, London. He is the Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Performing Art and also one of the founding faculty members of the department. He is also the Advisor of Art1st Foundation and a mentor for its various art education programmes. 

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