Saturday, March 26, 2011


This gritty, grounded film revolves around three loosely interconnected stories set in the midst of the noise and grime of Mumbai. In the overcrowded urban landscape that forms the backdrop of this film, the right and wrong are blurred, giving way to the more basic need to survive and succeed.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stations of a Pause | Jitish Kallat | March 22nd, 2011

Jitish Kallat
Stations of a Pause
March 22 - May 10, 2011

After a gap of over three years since his last solo in Mumbai, Jitish Kallat will open a show at Chemould Prescott Road from 22nd March to 10th May 2011.

"Jitish Kallat’s new solo showcases the full range of his artistic practice; addressing the core themes of sustenance, survival and mortality in the contemporary urban environment, the show incorporates photography and large format paintings", says Shireen Gandhy of Chemould Prescott Road.

One of the key sections of the show at Chemould Prescott Road addresses a very personal story. Kallat’s 750-part photographic work, titled "Epilogue", tracing, his father's life through all the moons he saw from the day he was born on 2nd April 1936 to the day of his death on 2nd Dec 1998. Measuring his father's lifespan with the approximately 22,000 moons that he saw in the 63 years of his life; every moon is replaced with the image of a waxing or waning meal, marking the cycle of life itself as periodical rotations of fullness and emptiness.

Also part of the exhibition will be a new series of paintings, titled, Untitled (Stations of a Pause). A continued series of large scale paintings representing candid imagery of the ubiquitous Bombayite.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

'Public Notice 2' at Kennedy Center| Jitish Kallat

Indian Contemporary Artist Jitish Kallat's "Public Notice 2" uses bone-shaped letters to depict a Mahatma Ghandi speech and is displayed in the Hall of Nations as part of the Kennedy Center's "Maximum India" exhibit in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

Exclusive Pictures for MASI


Indian Highway IV



February 24 to July 31, 2011

In the form of a road movie across 3 continents (Europe, South America, Asia), each stage along the Indian Highway is the occasion for a totally new episode. After London, Oslo and Herning, Lyon staged the fourth episode on 2000 m2, the exhibition presents a panorama of contemporary art in India and more than 30 artists.

Artists - Ayisha Abraham, Ravi Agarwal, Sarnath Banerjee, Hemali Bhuta, Nikhil Chopra, Desire Machine Collective, Sheela Gowda, Sakshi Gupta, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, N.S. Harsha, Abhishek Hazra, Shanay Jhaveri, Jitish Kallat, Amar Kanwar, Bharti Kher, Bose Krishnamachari, Nalini Malani, Jagannath Panda, Prajakta Potnis, Raqs Media Collective (avec Debkamal Ganguly, Ruchir Joshi, M. R. Rajan, Priya Sen, Surabhi Sharma (avec la collaboration de Gautam Singh), Kavita Pai / Hansa Thapliyal et Vipin Vijay pour Steps Away from Oblivion), Tejal Shah, Valay Shende, Sudarshan Shetty, Dayanita Singh, Sumakshi Singh, Studio Mumbai Architects & Michael Anastassiades, Kiran Subbaiah, Ashok Sukumaran & Shaina Anand, Thukral & Tagra, Hema Upadhyay

Curators: Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Thierry Raspail.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Raghu Rai | Magnum Photographer

a slide show and an Interactive Session with Raghu Rai
on 9th March 2011
Opening of the exhibition after the
Interactive Session at 5.30 pm at Dr. M. S. Randhawa Auditorium
Punjab Arts Council, Sector 16, Chandigarh
Exhibition open daily from 10 to 13 March Between 11 am and 7 pm

Raghu Rai was born in the Punjab in 1942, qualified as civil engineer, started photography at the age of 23 in 1965. He has been at the fore front of photography in India for more than forty years. He joined The Statesman newspaper as their chief photographer (1966 to 1976), and was then Picture Editor with Sunday—a weekly news magazine published from Calcutta (1977 to 1980).

In 1971, impressed by Rai’s exhibition at Gallery Delpire, Paris, the legendary photographer Henri Cartier Bresson nominated him to Magnum Photos, the world’s most prestigious photographer’s cooperative. Rai took over as Picture Editor-Visualiser-Photographer of India Today, India’s leading news magazine in its formative years from 1982.

He worked on special issues and designs, contributing trailblazing picture essays on social, political and cultural themes of the decade (1982 to 1991) which became the talking point of the magazine.

He was awarded the ‘Padmashree’ in 1971, In 1992 he was awarded “Photographer of the Year” in the United States for the story “Human Management of Wildlife in India” published in National Geographic. Recently he has been conferred the award of Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.His photo essays have appeared in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers - including Time, Life, GEO, The New York Times, Sunday Times, Newsweek, Vogue, GQ, D magazine, Marie Claire, The Independent and the New Yorker.

He has been an adjudicator for World Press Photo Contest, Amsterdam and UNESCO’s International Photo Contest for many times. He has done extensive work on the photo documentation of 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy and its continuing effects on the lives of gas victims under a special assignment from Greenpeace International. This documentation was compiled into a book with 3 sets of exhibitions traveling in Europe, America, Australia, India and South East Asia from 2002 to 2005, which created greater awareness about the tragedy and bringing relief to many survivors. A special exhibition and picture book was created on India and Mexico in year 2002 in which his work was published along with two renowned photographers Graciela Iturbide (Mexico) and Sebastiao Salagado (France). His works have been published in major books done by Magnum Photos including Exhibitions.

In the last thirty five years, Rai has specialized in extensive coverage of India and has produced more than 30 books including Raghu Rai’s India – Reflections in Colour and Reflections in BW, The Indians – Portraits from Album,Varanasi – Portrait of a civilization, Bombay / Mumbai, and Calcutta / Kolkata.

Also read an essay by writer Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi

Friday, March 4, 2011

ART DUBAI | March 16 - 19, 2011


ARTISTS REPRESENTED BY GALLERY Minam Apang, Ashish Avikunthak, Nikhil Chopra, Sophie Ernst, Shumona Goel, Kabir Mohanty, Kaushik Mukhopadhyay, Hitesh Natalwala, Aditya Pande, Hetain Patel, Rajesh Pullarwar, Rashid Rana, Sadanand Shirke, Kiran Subbaiah, Nityan Unnikrishnan

Rashid Rana,

Yellwo Flowers, 2007,

UV inkjet print on aluminium, 30x45x30cm,

Edition of 5

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Reena Kallat | Labyrinth of Absences

Reena Saini Kallat: “Labyrinth of Absences”
Opening on Tuesday, March 8th from 6 to 8 pm.
The exhibition continues to Saturday, March 26th


Reena Saini Kallat: “Labyrinth of Absences”
Opening on Tuesday, March 8th from 6 to 8 pm.
The exhibition continues to Saturday, March 26th

Nature Morte is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Reena Saini Kallat, entitled “Labyrinth of Absences”, after a gap of six years since her last solo at the gallery.

Reena Kallat’s practice spans painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation, often incorporating multiple mediums into a single work. She frequently works with officially recorded or registered names of people, objects, and monuments that are lost or have disappeared without a trace, only to get listed as forgotten statistics. One of the recurrent motifs in her work is the rubber stamp, used both as an object and an imprint, signifying the bureaucratic apparatus which both confirms and obscures identities.

Among the works in the exhibition will be a set of new paintings that depict monument sites in Delhi. The surface of the paintings are marked with addresses of monuments listed as protected sites under the Archeological Survey of India, that have either disappeared or have been declared lost, swallowed up by the rapidly expanding urban fabric. The works on paper are constructed from the names of people who have been denied visas on the basis of class, nationality or religion. In most cases, her images are fractured and deconstructed, creating maze-like maps - or as in the case of Synonym, a series of portraits crafted as mosaics of rubber-stamps, holding the names of people who are officially registered as missing - appear pixelated and fragmented. Other works in the show include Crease/Crevice/Contour, a set of ten large-scale photographs tracing the fluctuating Line Of Control between India and Pakistan from October 1947 to December 1948.

Two video works will also be exhibited: Silt of Seasons-I, projects the names of people who have signed the peace petition in 2004. The names are projected on to sand and are gradually blown away, suggestive of the vulnerability of the peace process itself. In Preface, the artist projects the text of the Preamble of the Constitution of India translated into Braille on to the surface of a large, opened book.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

'Maximum India' | at Kennedy Center

Sights, sounds and scents of India at Kennedy Center

Before the opening of the three-week Indian festival, the curator, designer and executive chef of Maximum India describe what can be seen and eaten at the Kennedy Center. (Madeline Marshall/The Washington Post)

March 1-20, 2011
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
India is home to a million art forms, both traditional and modern. maximum India brings you perhaps not a million, but many wonderful and unusual aspects of the country's diverse arts and culture, from folkloric to classical and contemporary. It will surprise and delight you with dance, music, and theater performed by India's most acclaimed artists. Film selections from the world's most robust movie industry, featuring both indie and Bollywood films; prize-winning authors reading, debating, conversing, and sharing their insights; exhibitions that astonish and confront; incredible and unimaginable crafts from exquisite collections; jewels that dazzle from the princely era of the Mughals and Maharajas. And, to top it all, feasts of Indian food for the entire three-week period of the festival, prepared by 12 world-class, award-winning Indian chefs, representing all regions of the country.

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