MONTH AT A GLANCE |

 
27th 
 |  | 6.30 pm | Studio X, Mumbai

Parvathi Nayar’s uniquely hybrid work examines the narratives of spatial relationships: both the internal spaces within our bodies, and the external in which we live, and often through the prism of science and technology. By treating her artworks as sites of dialogue where different elements – the scientific and the intuitive, the historical and the contemporary – meet and converse, she encourages viewers to re-experience once-familiar perspectives.

Prajakta Potnis’s work dwells between the intimate world of an individual and the world outside, which is separated sometimes only by a wall. She refers to the wall as a witness to history that has traces of inhabitance embedded within. She tries to contextualize the wall as a membrane through which imperceptible elements pass and affect the psyche of individuals, addressing private and social anxieties.

In Fluid Conversations, the artists will present selected works to introduce their practice, and specifically focus on their exciting site-specific installations at the Kochi Biennale 2014-15. Exploring the linkages between inner and outer spaces, the conversation will trace multiple trajectories in their practice that find a resonance in their projects at the Biennale.

Admission free and open to all.

 
21st 
 |  | 6.30pm – 7.30pm | The Hive, Khar, Mumbai

FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2015 | EDUCATION PARTNER: MOHILE PARIKH CENTER

The artists, Swapnaa Tamhane and Aman Sandhu, have been interested in the idea of display, particularly some of the strategies of display in relation to the consumer. Taking particular reference from shop windows in small towns of Germany, which have a certain emptiness, the series of photographs that have formed their research, are linked to the concept of phantasmagoria. The site-specific work, SETS (2015), produced for FOCUS Festival at The Hive discusses this concept.

The artists are based in Germany, and have been working in collaboration since 2011. Their concerns are connected back to a dialogue around landscape, space, or culture. Past works include drawings, sculptures, performances, that are responsive to new landscapes in which they have found themselves. They use the term landscape in a broad sense, linking them to ideas of displacement, diasporic sensibility, inner and outer responses, and environmental influences.

Admission free and open to all

 
20th 
 |  | 6.30 pm | Chemould Prescott Road, Fort, Mumbai

CAMP talks about the mutual development of ideas, collaborations and "encounter strategies" in As If (I- IV), their series of ongoing exhibitions across Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. As If is expanded upon as the title and framing device of these series of shows. In conjunction with their exhibition, As If - IV Night for Day, the Mohile Parikh Center presents a talk, followed by a walkthrough by CAMP, at Chemould Prescott Road.

In early film craft, Day for Night was when night scenes were shot in the day - a trick of necessity. Night for Day propagates this idea in the reverse direction. Screens fill the space with electric, sonic, filmic and other uncategorisable works from 2003 to 2015 that took place in the nighttime worlds of Bombay, Delhi, Kabul, Dakar, London, and other non-places exploring time, energy and imagination on the other side of the 'everyday'. CAMP brings into the gallery their version of what was once called the 'virtual', which not so long ago broke the horizon of what is (or what could have been) possible to see, hear or sense.

In collaboration with Chemould Prescott Road.

 
17th 
 |  | 6.15pm – 7.30pm | Muse Gallery, Kalaghoda, Mumbai

FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2015 | EDUCATION PARTNER: MOHILE PARIKH CENTER

Canadian fine-art photographer and professor at the University of Chicago, Laura Letinsky, presents a selection from her acclaimed series, III Form and Void Full, at the Muse Gallery. The artist uses photography as an ideological apparatus, and engages in its late-capitalist frenzied circuitry of production and consumption. Her photographs are developed from a long-standing engagement with pictorial traditions informed by painting’s lineage and the omnipresence of photographic media. The Ill Form & Void Full series invokes objects and spaces linked to our private lives so as to examine the tensions and confluence of want and need. The artist aims to entice, frustrate, and provoke the viewer’s sense of space and place, so as to call into question our sensory and other understandings.

 
15th 
 |  | 11.00am - 2.00pm | Darkroom, Idea Creative Solutions, Prabhadevi, Mumbai

FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2015 | EDUCATION PARTNER: MOHILE PARIKH CENTER

A pinhole camera is a simple light-proof box with a small hole on one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. A pinhole camera can be simply constructed using a variety of easily available materials. The camera can sport all kinds of shapes and sizes, with various formats and types of light-sensitive material, multi-holes, curved film planes, for panoramic images etc. There are all sorts of imaginative ways to make these cameras; the most ordinary of objects can unexpectedly become a pinhole camera, for example, a matchbox, book, corrugated box, bag, a delivery van, an old fridge or a room. The experience of shooting through a camera that is self-designed and constructed is extraordinary.

This workshop gives an opportunity for teachers from Mumbai Mobile Creches and CORP to explore the basic notion and engineering of this elusive camera. The first part of the workshop comprises of constructing a pinhole camera. The second will be spent testing the new pinhole camera, taking pictures and experimenting.

On March 18, this workshop was organized for children from the NGOs, Doorstep & Muktangan, at The Hive in Bandra, Mumbai.

 
14th 
 |  | 4.30pm – 5.30pm | Bombay Electric, Colaba, Mumbai

FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2015 | EDUCATION PARTNER: MOHILE PARIKH CENTER

Swiss artist, Mirjam Spoolder was inspired by the nine districts of Delhi to create this exhibition, Nine Times Nine, a project which questions what one’s place is in this overpopulated and multicultural world. While discussing these works, the artist will develop nine wearable objects out of these photograph patterns, with the aim to crossover four different mediums into one form of art: photography, design, sculpture and performance art. The project is supported by a grant from Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council and IAAB / Ateliermondial in Basel, Switzerland for a residency in Delhi.

Born in the Netherlands, Mirjam has lived and worked in Basel, Switzerland since 2007. She studied sculpting at the art Academy in Enschede and Theatre in Rotterdam. Finally, after moving to Switzerland, she finished her education in Master of Fine Arts in Basel in 2010. She reflects art into fashion design by producing individual art pieces and transforms them into performance art. Through photography, she tries to capture these three mediums together into one image.

 
14th 
 |  | 11.00am - 12.00pm | Kalaghoda, Fort, Mumbai

FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2015 | EDUCATION PARTNER: MOHILE PARIKH CENTER

Venues:

1. Curator's Gallery at CSMVS: Portraits of a Collector, Photographs by Jehangir Nicholson presented by Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation

2. Art Entrance Gallery at Kalaghoda: Fairer People = Beautiful People = Powerful People, A solo exhibition by Arpan Mukherjee

3. Rampart Gallery: Composing My Family Portrait: Crossovers in Space, Time and Cultures. PHOTOGRAPHER presented by Muktangan School, in partnership with Kala Ghoda Association

4. ARTISANS': Photographs of Rural India, Jyoti Bhatt

5. Muse Gallery:

- The Photographer and The Artist, Various photographers and artists from India, Presented by Gurus Gallery - Christophe Prebois, France

- Neither Natural nor Necessary, selections from III Form and Void Full, a solo exhibition by Laura Letinsky

- Photobook Exhibition and Photobook Library, presented in collaboration with BIND

On March 21, this walkthrough will be organized for children from different NGOs of the city.