> Pocket Maps of the Mind (Residues of Memory)

Payal Kapadia 

, Prayas Abhinav

, Prajakta Potnis

, Sahej Rahal

, Sonia Jose

, Nandan Ghiya

, Sandunes + Wolves

24 September - 07 November, 2014

Pocket Maps of the Mind (Residues of Memory) is an exhibition that looks at the multi-faceted nature of memory. The show focuses on different, complex ways in which the mind selects, stores and internalizes memories to create “perilous utopias” which “can never be destroyed, because in our minds maps they will always exist as residues of memory.” Curated by Veerangana kumari Solanki, Pocket Maps of the Mind (Residues of Memory) includes works by Prayas Abhinav, Nandan Ghiya, Sonia Jose, Payal Kapadia, Prajakta Potnis, Sahej Rahal, and Sandunes + Wolves.

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Payal Kapadia 

is a filmmaker and artist from Mumbai, India. Her work includes documentary, experimental film, and animation. Her current works are concerned with nature and the memory of a human-nature relationship by examining texts such as the Upanishads, as well as myths and folktales from across the country.

Prayas Abhinav

Prayas Abhinav is an artist, occasional teacher and curator. He has worked in the last few years on numerous pieces of speculative fiction, software, games, interactive installations, public interventions and curatorial projects. He is interested in politics, pedagogy and the interaction of the humanities and the digital. He contributes to research and projects at northeastwestsouth (n.e.w.s) (Amsterdam, NL). He has conducted workshops at Center for Environmental Planning Technology (CEPT) (Ahmedabad) and Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem, NL). In the past he lead the Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. He is the initiator and the co-Director of the Museum of Vestigial Desire. Prayas has developed his research and practice with the support of fellowships by Sarai, Openspace, the Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA), TED and Lucid. He has been in residencies at Khoj (India), Coded Cultures (Austria) and dis-locate (Japan). His works have been a part of many festivals including Transmediale, 48c, Futuresonic, ISEA and Wintercamp. He lives with his family in Ahmedabad.

Prajakta Potnis

Prajakta Potnis received her BFA and MFA from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. Her works are an inquiry into the seepage of time and aura around mundane objects from daily life. They dwell between the intimate world of an individual and the outside, through mediums of photography, painting and site-specific installations. Her artistic practice questions the validity and life-span of familiar objects and spaces. Potnis refers to a wall as a witness to history that has traces of inhabitance embedded within. Her work margins on the borders of the subjective and objective, in conjunction with the individual and the material. The artist has exhibited her works in solo and group shows internationally in museums, galleries and biennales. Potnis was the recipient of the Inlaks fine arts award (2003 – 04) and has also received several awards, including the Sanskriti Award (2010). She has been a part of many workshops and residencies internationally. The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

Sahej Rahal

Sahej Rahal's artworks revel in masculine fantasy, whilst also mocking its affectations. The solitary characters he essays seem to have emerged from Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces refracted through George Lucas's Star Wars series. The nature of these characters, like that of the peculiar beasts he fashions, is often ambiguous. While their nature might be indeterminate or protean, these personages all appear like irruptions of a semi-mythic realm in contemporary life. Rahal has recently been part of many high profile residencies including Bar1, Bangalore, 2011; FUTUR foundation, Zurich, 2011; INLAKS Shivdasani Foundation sponsored residency at KHOJ international artists' association, New Delhi, 2013; Creative India Foundation sponsored residency at GASWORKS, London, 2013; Zegnart sponsored residency at MACRO museum, Rome, 2013. The artist is based in Mumbai.

Sonia Jose

Sonia Jose graduated in Fine Art from the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore. Drawing inspiration from everyday life and experiences, Sonia's art practice relates to the environment and personal/social history. Her work stems from a need to preserve and acknowledge lived experience - she is particularly drawn to the intimate and overlooked circumstances that surround routine life practices. Working with varied media that include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation, she investigates the relationships, exchanges and politics between place, architecture, object and individual. She has held several solo exhibitions in India and exhibited her works nationally and internationally in various biennales and exhibitions. She was awarded the Robert Bosch Art Grant for her art project ‘A place called home’ in 2009. Being interested in pedagogy as an extension of her practice, since 2012 she took courses and workshops at Srishti School of Art Design and Technology and currently at Lisaa School of Design, Bangalore. She has also conducted several art workshops for children at the British Council. Having trained for several years as a competitive swimmer, representing the state and the country in various age group swimming competitions, she also practices and teaches swimming whenever she gets a chance, to keep in touch with her love for water. Sonia lives and works in Bangalore, India.  

Nandan Ghiya

Nandan Ghiya received a diploma in Fashion design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, where he received the Student of the year Award (2002) and an award for the most Creative and Innovative Design Collection; following which he pursued visual-arts. Ghiya’s practice has involved antiques and technology as parallels existing and as contemporary being rooted in the history of time. He refers to the 21st century as one of emulation, competition and pressure. The artist says – “No matter what we may achieve, somehow our pursuits never end, for the image itself seems to change or transform over time-period with changing trends and lifestyles. If it did, it would simply be tagged (within a time frame) as traditional or dated or vintage. The transitory state is the state of its existence.” Ghiya has exhibited his works in solo and group shows in India as well as internationally. He teaches at the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, in Jaipur, where he currently lives and works.

Sandunes + Wolves

Sandunes is the full time electronic music project of Sanaya Ardeshir-- Mumbai based producer, composer & synth player. From early influences in jazz and blues, to a defining stint with London underground sounds, her music blends various organic and electronic elements into a hybrid zone that lies somewhere between electronica, garage and post dubstep-- tying in with a unique south asian feel. Easier described outside the genre-box, Sandunes' live set, incorporating a range of controllers and instruments has been performed in cities across India and in Sri Lanka and Germany. Wolves is a live visual project and proto-rebellious medium for Joshua Dmello and Jash Reen. Currently teething, the project is being tested through 3D-mapped installations for alternative residencies (Smash Up, Bass Camp) and commercial mainstays like Lakme India Fashion Week. Wolves will gnaw mercilessly at every last creative sinew in the city and spit out a full-forced live and augmented embodiment to match, breaching bold frontiers - from pop culture paralysis to nationwide anarchy.


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