A-Part: Stories of Lands & Lines

Curated by Zero Gravity Collective

23rd July to 16th August, 2019
Akar Prakar Contemporary, New Delhi

Dharmendra Prasad | Gopa Roy | Kompi Riba | Sisir Thapa | Thlana Bazik | Treibor Mawlong | Victor Hazra | Wahida Ahmed

The exhibition comprises of the works of eight artists from the north eastern part of India including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Tripura. India’s North-East is immensely diverse in many ways, and the prime source of local identity is derived from tribal affiliation, and ethno-linguistic factors. The region is known for a multitude of conflicts and the geopolitical problems having both internal and external context.

Border areas have their own peculiarities and intricacies; often vulnerable to some issues like indigenous identity, sovereignty, and in recent years a huge influx of illegal infiltration of population. These add up the pressure on their social, economic and environmental resources.

What does it mean when we talk about “territory” today?  The term does not simply refer to a geographical or spatial area; it carries an extensive horizon including social and cultural belongings and encompasses the personal, psychological and mental sphere. The works reflect different approaches, lifestyles and ways of perceiving the unstable relationship within the borders. Some have explored the personal and observed narratives surrounding the struggles of flight, assimilation, threats of violence.

The exhibition also incites and expects a conceptual reflection on the distances or barriers, integrated in the perceptual context of a border, a blockage in thinking, acceptance and/or understanding by means of political issues, (im)migration, globalization, climate change, gender, race, culture, terrorism, genocide, war, misogynist behavior, feelings of fear or superiority and so on.

Today we live in the world of rapid development of mobility, the digitization of communication and knowledge, migration and an increasingly global economy; they all have radically changed people’s perception of territories, borders and boundaries. Now we know that real borders exist, but so do invisible ones – they contradict one another, and they establish very discordantconflicts at times. Here some of the artists have also looked at the terms ‘border’ and ‘terrain’ as its literal meaning, using them as a medium, building a story around them or considering them as metaphors in their works.

Pranamita Borgohain
Curator

About the artists

Dharmendra Prasad   

Dharmendra Prasad was born in between stories, discriminations, hierarchies, chaos and silence, full of winds and dusts, without any address.  After MFA (Painting) from University of Hyderabad he returns to Assam in search for utopia. In the process he encounters ecology as library and harvest as philosophical ground for his practice.

After having graduated from the S.N. School of Arts and Communications, University of Hyderabad he went to collaborate in the rural communities in Assam. His works involve the participation of different occupational backgrounds, particularly farmers and artisans. Through multiple notions of landscapes, he addresses themes of ecology, history, material culture, water bodies, unscripted and occupational narratives, agrarian spaces and its countless conflicts in the context of global crisis.

He participated in Pepper House Residency Exhibition, Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2018-19; PEERS Artists’ Residency at Khoj International Artist’s Association, New Delhi, 2018 and selected for Collection Bureau – a pollinator project, India art fair, New Delhi, 2018. He was part of the UKERI project exhibition, Wimbledon College of Arts, London, 2015. He is a founder member of Anga Art Collective (2010) based at Guwahati.  He lives and works in Assam.

Gopa Roy

She has completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts, Department of Drawing & Painting from Government College of Art & Craft, Tripura, 2013 and Master of Fine Arts, Department of Painting from Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, 2015. She has participated in several group shows including Emerging Palettes, Shrishti Art Gallery, 2018; “Woven in Time, Space and Material” by Alliance Francaise Centre, Gurgaon, 2015; “Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Graphics and Ceramics Exhibition” by Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Gorky Sadan, Kolkata, 2014. She has been part of several camps and residencies including “Gram Art Project” (A land art Festival) International Residency by Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) in Paradsinga Village, Madhya Pradesh, 2016; “NIV” Art Residency at NIV Art Center, New Delhi, 2015; and 8th Crack International Art Camp in Bangladesh, Kushtiya, 2014.

 Kompi Riba

She has completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and Masters of Fine Arts from Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan. She has participated in many group exhibitions including Blurred Perimeters, India International Centre, New Delhi, 2018; Northeast Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition, Guwahati,  2018; Arunachal Literature and Art Festival, Itanagar, 2018; Melange, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, 2014;  Kala Bhavana Exhibition, Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Kolkata, 2014. She lives and works in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.

Sisir Thapa

He has completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts (Sculpture) in 2005 and Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from Kalabhavana, Santiniketan in 2007. He did Advanced Enrichment Programme, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2009-2011. He got the opportunity to attend Students’ Exchange Programme, Ecole De Superior de Buax Arts, Lemans, France in 2003. He has participated in many group exhibitions including Blurred Perimeters, India International Centre, New Delhi, 2018; Varna – International Art Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, Guwahati, 2015; 9/10 Mumbai, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2015; ‘Drawing 2014: 7 Decades of Indian Drawing’, curated by Prayag  Shukla, Annapurna Garimella & Sindhura D.M, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, 2014; Fragility curated by Rakhee Balaram, Gallery Art Alive, Gurgaon, 2011-12; ‘Transformation of Energy’, Hangzhou, China, 2011; ‘Urgent: 10 ml of Contemporary Needed”, top 10 upcoming artists for FICA award, New Delhi, 2008. He is the recipient of Chinese Government Scholarship, CSC & HRD Govt. of India, 2009-11 and Ramkinkar Book Award, Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan, 2006.

Thlana Bazik

Thlana has completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts from College of Art, New Delhi in 2013 and Master of Fine Arts from the same college in 2015. He did his M Phil in Visual Arts from School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU. He has participated in many group exhibitions including Id-Entity curated by Zero Gravity Collective, 2018; India Re-Worlded: Seventy Years of Investigating a Nation, Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai, 2017; Urban Implosion: Asian Cities, ACC Arts Space Network, Gwangju, South Korea; C-13: An Exhibition, a Proposition, a Playground, a House exhibition collaborated between FICA and Priyanka Choudhary, Pamposh Enclave, New Delhi; Trace, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi; Students’ Biennale, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2016; When Does The Curatorial Work Ends with Raqs Media Collective, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, 2016. He is the recipient of Junior Research Fellowship. FICA Inlaks Goldsmiths Scholarship 2018-19 supported by The Raza Foundation.

Treibor Mawlong

He has completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts (Painting) from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan, 2010 and Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from the same college in 2012. He has participated in several group exhibitions including Fumetto Festival, Luzern, Switzerland, 2019; Blurred Perimeters, India International Centre, New Delhi, 2018; Remembering the Present, Vadehra Art Gallery, 2018; Emerging Canvas -IV, Seoul, Korea, 2016; At the Turn of a Page, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2016. He is the recipient of Inlaks Fine Arts Award, 2014 and Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust Award, New Delhi, 2011. He has worked for ‘U Lum Sohpetbneng Chronicles’ – a Comic magazine based in Switzerland, 2017. Currently he lives and works in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Victor Hazra

 He has completed his Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 2014 and Bachelor of Visual Arts (Painting) from Government College of Art & Craft, Agartala in 2011. He has participated in several group shows including ‘Across the Sea’ a cross section from The Gwangwamun International Art Festival, Korea, Inko Centre, Chennai, 2018; The Gwangwamun International Art Festival, Korea, 2018; D-IS-PLAY II, NIV Art Center, New Delhi, 2016; Eccentric, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, 2013; and New Bud, Agartala City Center, 2010. He has received Pepper House Residency by Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi in collaboration with Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai, 2016; and Piramal Art Residency by Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai, 2016.

 Wahida Ahmed

She received a Diploma in Fine Arts from Guwahati, Assam. While working extensively for more than a decade she established her own visual idiom. She has exhibited her works widely in national and international exhibitions. Some of her solo exhibitions include Weaving Dreams at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2011; Nishabda at State Art Gallery Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati 2007; Intimacies of Silence, Sivasagar, 2008. She has been a recipient of ‘Naari Shakti Award’ by Lions International 2015. She has two publications to her credit Bindu Alekh Bindu & Jibon Dristi, a publication of Assamese poetry. She has also worked extensively to promote the contemporary art of North East India and curated few exhibitions like Blurred Perimeters, a group show of the North Eastern Artists by Raza Foundation in Collaboration with India International Centre, New Delhi 2018; Blurred Perimeters (Kaziranga), an interactive workshop with the local children and invited artists from the country on art pedagogy and ecology; Blurred Perimeters (Community and Life) Dwijing Fest 2018-19, Bodoland, Assam. She lives and works in Guwahati, Assam.[/read]

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