29 October 2014 – 07 November 2014
Timing: 10 am - 6 pm everyday
On 29 October 2014, Apeejay Arts opened with “Carnival of Dissent”, a group show featuring Indian and international artists/filmmakers who position themselves at the cusp of political activism and creative practice The exhibition reflected the spirit of these turbulent times, and our social, political and creative responses to them. Be it mass mobilization against social ills, the displacement of indigenous people due to unethical development practices, the rise of Hindu nationalism in India or state-sponsored surveillance of citizens in an atmosphere of paranoia that has reached global proportions. The artists used film, video, photography, digital prints and performance – poetic and symbolic responses, coded language, song and dance – as tools of subversion that is increasingly called into question by artists/activists/citizens today. For as singer-songwriter Deepak Dengle says, we are all “like the waves of a tumultuous sea with my arms spread…”GO TO GALLERY >>
Chandan Gomes Is a photographer. He is the youngest recipient of the India Habitat Centre Fellowship for Photography (2011‑12). In 2013 he was awarded the Oslo University College Scholarship to participate & showcase work at Chobi Mela VII (Dhaka, Bangladesh). Gomes is the first Indian Photographer to win the FotoVisura Spotlight Grant (2014). He teaches a course on cinema, literature and music as part of the documentary photography program at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communications, Delhi. Chandan is the co-founder of ‘Rang’, a platform for artists with Vicky Roy.
Hemant Sreekumar is an Indian artist from New Delhi. Born in Tellicherry, Kerala, India in 1980. He has studied history, fine arts and later pursued computer media. He performs synthetic audio compositions using principles of emergence and noise. He also produces visual media including prints and light based works. His works respond to notions of decay, generative bias and loss of semantics. He works as a creative technology consultant and teaches media design to post-graduate students.
Shumon Ahmed works across various platforms to explore the fusion and cracks between video, photography, text, sound, installation and performance to conceptualize and give expression to ideas that are profoundly private and poignantly collective. Born in Dhaka in 1977, he graduated in photography in 2009 from the South Asian Media Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh and in 2008 studied multimedia under an international scholarship at Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark. His work has been exhibited in various galleries, festivals and screenings worldwide, notably at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland and the Dhaka Art Summit.
Kush Badhwar is a filmmaker who shifts definitions of traditional mass-media, collaborating with unorthodox actors, using artistic intervention for informal political engagement. The project Blood Earth interweaves the efforts to record song, farming, village life and a political meeting to improvise a junction between voice, music, silence, sound and noise. Blood Earth is located in Kucheipadar village in Odisha, a bauxite-rich block that since India’s economic liberalization that’s been the subject of violent conflict between Adivasis and a mining venture. This highlights songs that have come to articulate creative forms and political structures, steering the Kashipur resistance movement, through solidarity and into dissolution.
Shweta Bhattad is an artist and community activist working specifically in the areas of women and children’s empowerment, education and sanitation. Through her intervention with the ‘Gram’ project (2014) situated in rural India, she has created a platform and network for rural communities to engage with local and international artists and experts from different disciplines. She has participated in artist residency programs at Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taipei (2013) and at Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi (2012). Her works have been exhibited at various institutions and galleries in India and abroad including the Vancouver Biennale 2014, Artcore Derby- UK, LATITUDE 28, Art Asia- Miami, Lalit Kala Akademi, Bombay Art Society and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Sonya Fatah is a writer and filmmaker. She’s covered South Asia for numerous publications across North America, and also wrote a column for the Times of India during her eight-year stint in New Delhi. Fatah beautifully captures the conflicts of the only dancer of Pakistan during the times of General Zia-ul- Haq when he imposed the martial law, and the state and the religious clergy banned dance. The film shows how the art form crossed the threshold for a few in Pakistan and became more of a protest for their identity and freedom.
Vinit Gupta is a documentary photographer based in Delhi, interested in visual anthropology. His work is appeared in various journals and publications such as Asian Geography, Private Photo Review, Wall Art, HT MINT, Social Documentary.Net, Photojournale, EMHAO, Sunday Guardian, Greenpeace, Better Photography and Invisible Photographer. Gupta has been awarded the Neel Donger grant for excellence in Photography and the Performance Award at Humanity Photography Awards in China for his work on ‘Dangar Tribes’ in Maharashtra, India in 2013. His work has been exhibited at various exhibitions including the United Art Fair, Art Konsult, India International Centre, Alliance Francaise, Apparao Gallery, Indo-German Urban Mela, Ojas Art and Haryana Kala Parishad.
Morvarid K is an Iran/France based photographer. Despite her time at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux, she is more of a self-thought artist. Living between places, she has an eye for daily absurdity and focuses on the visceral tension that makes something absurd happen again and again. Most of her work ties back to her take of social and daily situations in Iran, which are universal themes. Within this world of daily absurdities, she works on the in-between, the invisible, the transition, the boundaries, and the frontiers; of private and public, male and female, freedom and constraints, life and death.
Sashi Kumar has seminal to India’s national and regional media, being the founder of India’s first regional satellite TV channel Asianet. Kumar founded, and currently chairs the Media Development Foundation. He was the first West Asia correspondent of The Hindu in the mid eighties. Also a renowned filmmaker, he directed the films Kaya Taran in Hindi based on the short story “When Big Trees Fall” by writer N.S Madhavan and Safdar. Kumar has been awarded the Viayaraghavan Memorial Award for contribution to journalism in 2007 and the G. Aravindan Award for Best Debut Filmmaker of 2004 for Kaya Taran. He is a member of the Empowered Committee on Information, Communication & Technology (ICE), Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi and the Chairman of Asian College of Journalism.
Born in 1995 in Afghanistan, Masooda Noora is a member of the Centre for Contemporary Arts- Afghanistan [CCAA]. She works with mixed media including painting, video and installation. Masooda is a university student and won the first place in the Fourth Afghan Contemporary Art Prize in 2013. Masooda has shown her work in various group exhibitions in India, Italy and Germany to name a few. She was selected for AFI 2014 by CCAA, Kabul, Afghanistan.