Akram Zaatari (b. 1966 in Sidon, Lebanon) is a filmmaker, photographer, archival artist and curator. He has played a critical role in developing the intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut's contemporary art scene. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, a groundbreaking, artist-driven organization devoted to the research and study of photography in the Arab world, he has made invaluable contributions to the wider discourse on archival practice. As one of the young artists who emerged from the short-lived era of experimentation in Lebanon's television industry, Akram Zaatari has produced more than fifty films, videos, a dozen books, and countless installations of photographic material. All these works share an interest in histories related to excavation, political resistance, civil war and the play of letters that have been lost, found, buried, discovered, or otherwise delayed in reaching their destinations. He lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Akram Zaatari has been exploring issues pertinent to post-war Lebanon. He investigates the way television mediates territorial conflicts and wars, and is particularly interested in logic of religious and national resistance movements, and the circulation and production of images in the context of today's geographic division in the Middle East. Akram Zaatari had been selected to represent Lebanon at the 2013 Venice Biennale by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, curators for the Lebanese Pavilion. His work has been widely exhibited worldwide in Biennales and venues such as the Centre Pompidou.
ANJALI MONTEIRO + KP JAYASANKAR
Arunkumar HG (b. 1968, Karnataka) was brought up within a farming family in the Western Ghats. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, and went on to work in the toy industry in the metropolitan cities of Delhi and Gurugram. Caught between contradictory landscapes, the artist attempts to address this tension through his practice. He maps the complex relationship between ecological issues and the wasteful urban industrial mode of thinking and living. In 2014, he set up the 'Centre for Knowledge and Environment' in his hometown under the organisation SARA (Sustainable Alternatives for Rural Accord), to share and learn from local and global sustainable life practices.
Arunkumar's solo shows include: In-site, Aicon Gallery New York (2018); Seed of Reckoning Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai (2012); Tract, Nature Morte, New Delhi (2010); Feed, Nature Morte, New Delhi, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2006).
He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in India and abroad, most importantly: 'Embrace Our Rivers' Goethe-Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai (2018); Sculpture by The Sea, Sculpture Biennial Aarhus Denmark (2015); The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Contemporary Indian Art, Festival of India, China (2015), sponsored by the National Gallery of Modern Art; Beyond Limits, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego (2014); Aesthetic Bind Citizen Artist: Forms of Address, Chemould, Mumbai (2013); Crossing Space, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany (2013); Art and Activism in India Since 1989, The SAHMAT Collective, Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago (2013); Zones of Contact, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, India (2013); Cosmopolitan Stranger, Open University of Diversity, Hasselt, Belgium (2012).
ANNU PALAKUNNATHU MATTHEW
Barthélémy Toguo was born in 1967 in Cameroon and lives between Paris and Bandjoun. He trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; the École Supérieure d'Art in Grenoble, France; and the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, Germany. He founded Bandjoun Station, a centre for artistic exchange between local and international artists featuring residencies, an exhibition space, a library and plantations in Bandjoun, Cameroon, in 2007.
Solo shows have taken place at institutions including the Parish Art Museum, New York; Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden; Musée d'art contemporain de Sainte Etiennne, France; La Verrière by Hermès, Brussels, Belgium; Fundaçao Gulbenkian, Lisbon; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Notable group shows includethe 7th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan (2018); Homo Planta at Fondation Blachère (2018); The Red Hour, the 13th Dakar Biennale (2018); Art/ Afrique, le nouvel atelier at Fondation Louis Vuitton (2017); All The World's Futures at the Venice Biennale (2015); Body Language at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013); La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); the 11th Havana Biennial (2012); A terrible beauty is born, 11th Biennale de Lyon, France; the 18th Sydney Biennale (2011); and Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London (2008).
In 2011, Toguo was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature in France. He was shortlisted for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2016.
B V SURESH
CELIA + YUNIOR
Chitra Ganesh (b. 1975, New York, USA) holds a BA from Brown University in Comparative Literature and Art Semiotics, a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University and attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Her drawing based practice brings to light narrative representations of femininity, sexuality, and power typically absent from canons of literature and art. Her installations, comics, animations, and mixed media works on paper often take historical and mythic texts as inspiration and points of departure to complicate received ideas of iconic female forms. Ganesh’s studies in literature, semiotics, and social theory have been critical to a steady engagement with narrative and deconstruction that animates her work. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Her work as been has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally at venues including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Asia Society, New York, NY; Queens Museum of Art, NY; the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Berkeley Art Museum, CA, San Jose Museum, CA; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; the Saatchi Museum, London, United Kingdom; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China; Gwangju Contemporary Arts Centre, Gwangju, Korea; National Museum for the Arts, Taiwan; Kunstverein, Göttingen, Germany; Kunstalle Exnergrasse, Vienna; the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Spain; and most recently the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. She has had solo presentations at PS 1/MOMA, Brooklyn Museum, Goteborgs Konsthalle, Andy Warhol Museum, and Rubin Museum. http://www.chitraganesh.com/ Image Credit: Svati Shah
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HASSAN KHAN + ANDEEL
Heri Dono (b. 1960 in Jakarta, Indonesia) is a leading Yogyakarta-based contemporary artist, and the first Indonesian to break into the global art scene during the early 1990s. He is a member of the generation of Indonesian artists that began their careers in the 1980s. Since his early career, he has traveled around the world to exhibit and respond to workshop invitations from various countries.
Dono is well known in the international contemporary arts community for his installation works, many of which were inspired by his experiments with wayang, the complex shadow puppet theater of Java. Wayang performances are comprised of a number of artistic and non-artistic elements: visual arts, singing, music, storytelling, social criticism, humor and for the mythological promotion of a philosophy of life. These components are merged into the artwork’s narrative to give a generic interpretation to which elements of multimedia are added. Coupled with the setting of a wayang performance event, this provides a space for social interactions among the audience. These creative artworks express Dono’s interest in revitalizing arts that are deeply rooted in Indonesian traditions.
Dono is the only contemporary Indonesian artist who has been invited to the Venice Biennial curated exhibition (2003). His awards include the Dutch Prince Claus Award for Culture and Development (1998), the UNESCO Prize (2000), and the Anugerah Adhikarya Rupa (Visual Arts Award) from the Indonesian government (2014). He has participated in more than 300 exhibitions and 33 international biennales including Bangkok Art Biennale (2018), the 50th Venice Biennale in the Arsenale's Zone of Urgency (2003), Guangzhou Triennial (2011); Gwangju Biennale (2006 and 1995); Sharjah Biennial (2005); Taipei Biennial (2004); Venice Biennale (2003); Asia Pacific Triennial (2002 and 1993); Yokohama Triennial (2001); Havana Biennial (2000); Shanghai Biennale (2000); Sydney Biennale (1996); São Paolo Biennial (2004 and 1996).
INES DOUJAK + JOHN BARKER
Jitish Kallat's (b. 1974, Mumbai, India) works over the last two-decades reveal his continued engagement with the ideas of time, sustenance, recursion and historical recall often interlacing the dense cosmopolis and the distant cosmos. His oeuvre traverses varying focal lengths and time-scales. From close details of the skin of a fruit or the brimming shirt-pocket of a passerby, it might expand to register dense people-scapes, or voyage into inter-galactic vistas. While some works meditate on the transient present others invoke the past through citations of momentous historical utterances. Frequently shifting orders of magnitude, Kallat’s works can be said to move interchangeably between meditations on the self, the city-street, the nation and the cosmic horizon, viewing the ephemeral within the context of the perpetual, the everyday in juxtaposition with the historical, the microscopic alongside the telescopic. He lives and works in Mumbai, India.
Jitish Kallat has exhibited widely at museums and institutions including Tate Modern (London), Martin Gorpius Bau (Berlin), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), Kunst Museum (Bern), Serpentine Gallery (London), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Palais de Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Hangar Bicocca (Milan), Busan Museum of Modern Art, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo), ZKM Museum (Karlsruhe), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Oslo), Arken Museum of Moderne Kunst (Copenhagen), Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (Spain), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Jean Tinguley Museum (Basel) and the Gemeente Museum (The Hague) amongst many others. Kallat’s work has been part of the Havana Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Asia Pacific Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Asian Art Biennale, Curitiba Biennale, Guangzhou Triennale and the Kiev Biennale amongst others.
His solo exhibitions at museums include institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai), the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne), CSMVS Museum (Mumbai), the San Jose Museum of Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2017 the National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi) presented a mid-career survey of his work titled Here After Here 1992-2017 curated by Catherine David.
Jitish Kallat was the curator and artistic director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014.
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (b. 1968 in Tokyo, Japan) was born to a Japanese mother and a Vietnamese father. He spent his childhood in Japan before moving to the USA to get an education, he now works and lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Houston, USA. His work "Memorial Project" started in 2001 and addressing issues such as boat people and social minorities made his name in the international contemporary art scene. Nguyen-Hatsushiba has exhibited in numerous international triennials and biennials including Venice, Istanbul, Sydney and Yokohama.
His on-going project “Breathing is Free:12,756.3” is an attempt to physically experience world refugee crisis by running the diameter of the earth, 12,756.3 km.
In his recent work from 2013,“The Master and the Slave: Inujima Monogatari” was filmed at Inujima island in Okayama, and the film “Memorial Project Waterfield: The Story of the Stars” was based on a performance piece first shown at the 2006 Gwangju Biennale.
In 2014 his residency and solo show “Don’t we all want to be in tune?” at MAC VAL, Paris, addressed notions of citizenship and the relationships between migrational flux and musical expression. In a new development in the artist's practice, the work evoked the struggles faced by contemporary migrants though the mutual influences of drawing and sound, and also featured interactive elements of audience participation.
Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s solo exhibitions have been organized in musuems around the world, including Kunstmuseum Luzern (Switzerland), Manchester Art Gallery (UK), Malmo Konsthall (Sweden), MACRO, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma (Italy).
Juul Kraijer (b. 1970, The Netherlands) graduated from the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Arts in 1994. Her authentic, consistent oeuvre consists mainly of drawings but also includes sculptures and video-works. In recent years she has embraced photography as an important medium.
Institutions which have hosted solo exhibitions of the artist's work include Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam (2017); Drents Museum, Assen (2015); Kunsthalle Giessen, Germany (2014); Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen (2009 and 2004); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (2006) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2001)
Her work has been awarded four Dutch art prizes and has been included in major international exhibitions such as The Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009) and ARS 06 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2006).
K P KRISHNAKUMAR
KIBUUKA MUKISA OSCAR
MOCHU + SUVANI SURI
THE OTOLITH GROUP
PRIYA RAVISH MEHRA
P R SATHEESH
SUNIL GUPTA + CHARAN SINGH
Tejal Shah (b.1979, Bhilai, India) works across diverse media such as video, photography, performance, sound, installation, drawing and educational workshops. Shah is deeply interested in the intersection of queer theory and non-dualist philosophy and to that end, is currently undertaking a MA in Nalanda Buddhist Philosophy. “When all identity categories cease and we understand that everything exists interdependently, how can this lead to an affective shift away from violence and towards love and cooperation? This question is at the core of my work as an artist.”
Shah initiated the artist home residency program, Balcao in Goa 2013-14, participated in the 1st Anthropocene Campus at the Haus of World Cultures, Berlin, 2014 and the Queer Ecologies workshop and residency at Rost AIR, Norway in 2015. Their works have shown widely in museums, galleries, and film festivals around the world. Recent institutional solo exhibitions include – As it is, Mimosa House, London, 2018; Unbecoming, Kunsthaus Hamburg, curated by Chus Martinez, 2017; Some Kind of Nature, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, 2015 and at the Gujral Foundation, New Delhi, 2014. Major presentations in recent group shows have been held at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 2018; Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, 2016-17; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, 2016; Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, 2016; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2014; dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012; Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2011 and Tate Modern, London, 2006, among others.
VEDA THOZHUR KOLLERI
SUBHASH SINGH VYAM + DURGABAI VYAM
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES