Delhi Series | Cultural centres
One Line Dot by Maki Nishida and Devi Art Foundation at Japan Foundation
The conceptual premise of the exhibition anchors from the line, ‘Works on paper and other visible things, not necessarily intended to be viewed as drawing’. Embarking from this, the exhibition will attempt to explore and reconfigure drawing as a concept by placing works on paper and artworks in other media upon the same plane of thought.
Sanskriti Residency and Museum
The Museums of Everyday Art, Indian Terracotta and Textiles are a conduit for the preservation and presentation of indigenous heritage, craftsmanship, aesthetic functionality and cultural practices.
Tradition and modernity are not two separate categories - one transmutes into another. The preservation of cultural heritage, therefore, has its own validity. The museums at Sanskriti are a base for such preservation as great attention has been given to the socio-cultural context of the objects. Our vision is to build upon our collections and to transform our museums into a central resource hub for all research on the art and craft traditions of India in general, and particularly in our core areas of terracotta, textiles and everyday objects. We would also wish to use the time to simultaneously review our interpretive approach to our collections, taking into account the multiple and changing perspectives within museology and museum studies, using it to inform and further enrich our own understanding of our collections, and then share it with our visitors.
However, museums the world over are also widening their scope from mere repositories and generators of knowledge, into dynamic learning centres striving to be perceived as active agents of cultural values. Thus Sanskriti Museums and their spaces also play a proactive role in dissemination of information and creation of awareness amongst children, students, artists, scholars, designers and the interested public.
KHOJ. (to) search, hunt, explore, discover, discern, seek, inquire, trace, track, quest, research, investigate.
Khoj began as a proposition: a space for artists, run by artists.
From its modest beginnings in 1997 as an annual workshop, Khoj has established itself as a not-for-profit, contemporary arts organisation based in Delhi which provides a financial, physical and intellectual space for artists through its various programs. It has built an international reputation as outstanding alternative arts incubation space. It plays a central role in the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and critical contemporary art practice in India– constantly challenging the established thinking about art.
Through a variety of programmes including workshops, residencies, exhibitions, talks, and community art projects, Khoj has supported the experimentation of many leading Indian artists well before they went on to receive international acclaim. While catalysing a vibrant art-community in India, Khoj has also actively developed the South Asia Network for the Arts (SANA). Khoj has also hosted over 400 international artists from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Pakistan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Korea, UK, Germany, France, Mexico and the US.
With a focus on building such networks, developing alternative pedagogies, and learning through collaboration and exchange, Khoj programmes have created unconventional synapses between art and disciplines such as science, architecture and fashion. Khoj facilitates change by encouraging artists and audiences to engage with vital concerns such as ecology, sustainability and community participation. It is constantly expanding the understanding and development of cutting-edge contemporary art practice in India, thereby creating a legacy for the future.
Khoj aims to connect creative practitioners and catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration and experimentation to create new possibilities of art and art-making. It also seeks to build networks and informed audiences who engage critically with contemporary art in India. In its uncompromising commitment to support creative thinking by building an institutional infrastructure in India for making, exhibiting and researching contemporary art, Khoj is creating a unique legacy for the future.
Design x Design at Alliance Francaise
Design in its many manifestations forms an integral part of every culture. Civilizations evolve and attain their full potential because of it. Design based creative communities in India are witness to a fascinating churning, necessitating a search for a vision that may inform their evolution beyond – spanning education, profession and the industry. Thus, involving exposes, roundtables, exhibitions etc… Design X Design is a step in that direction.
The energy behind the design of a pin or a city being the same, this joint initiative of Alliance Francaise de Delhi and Studio IF is also geared towards raising levels of appreciation within and nurturing connections across various creative industries – architecture, urban/ landscape/ interior design, product/ industrial design, textile/ fashion design, graphic/ communication design etc.. Local and global in outlook, it is directed at the initiated and the uninitiated alike.
Ekaya at Bikaner house
Palak Shah, fourth-generation textile maker and owner of Benarasi silk label Ekaya, has reimagined the fabric for a collaboration with French designers. Ekaya brought the exhibition to India t the Bikaner house in New Delhi in March. Since 2013, the Fédération Française de la Création Couture Sur Mesure–Paris celebrates the craftsmanship of weavers or brands from different parts the world, at Paris Haute Couture Week. For 2018, the Federation came together with Ekaya for Cousu d’Or (Magical Weaving)—a capsule collection to be displayed at the Sofitel Le Faubourg, Paris.
Saree Festival at 1AQ
A classical drape, endlessly evolving, ravenously reinterpreted, feted in fashion circles, and yet, very much also a part of our everyday lives, the Saree is the life breath of India. The Saree Festival celebrates the richness of the traditional drape of India, and its all-pervasiveness in our cultural milieu, and is India’s first and unique celebration of the Saree.
The two components of the festival are Saree Mela, and exhibition and sale of diverse pan-Indian Saree styles; and Saree ka Gunijan Khana featuring multi-disciplinary programming (talks, presentations, performances and workshops) celebrating the Saree.
The Saree Festival is the first of its kind, The festival presents diverse signature collections from traditional woven Sarees to unusual experiments in fashion and print vocabularies of the Saree. all-pervasive love affair with the drape, in bringing together the vast richness of styles, materials, traditions, techniques, experiments, and vocabularies, that bloom under the never ending swirl of the Saree.