This discussion will tie in with our current exhibition Event, Memory, Metaphor curated by Anish Gawande which explores the intricate intertwining of memory and history to ask fundamental questions about how — and why — we access the past through artworks by Areez Katki, Garima Gupta, Muzzumil Ruheel, Parag Tandel, Philippe Calia, Saju Kunhan, Sameer Kulavoor, and Saubiya Chasmawala.
ABOUT THE PANELLISTSSameer Kulavoor is a visual artist living and working in Mumbai, India. His work lies at the intersection of art, graphic design & contemporary illustration and has taken the form of paintings, murals, books, zines, prints and objects. He is interested in why things look and work the way they do; constantly noting and understanding the impact that time, culture, politics and socio-economic conditions have on our visible and invisible surroundings. In this age of visual overload, his work involves filtering, dissecting, documenting and defamiliarising commonly seen subjects through the act of drawing, painting and design – often oscillating between instinctive and conceptual methods of making.
Her work has been published in TIME, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, FT Weekend, Monocle, Bloomberg News and The Guardian.
Shaleen Wadhwana is an independent curator and arts educator. Her curatorial practice explores meta-narratives in global history and artistic responses to contemporary social issues, reflected in her curated shows OSMOSIS at TARQ, FRIN/GE at Vadehra Art Gallery and The Sindhu Project at Exhibit320 Gallery. She has also co-designed India's first virtual artist residency with the Pollinator Interdisciplinary Lab. Recently, she curated IMMERSE, an emerging artists exhibition as part of a pro bono collaboration with Young Art Support, Carpe Arte, and Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai. She teaches Big History and Design Futures at MITID Pune and is their Humanities curriculum designer. She is academically trained in Art History (SOAS London), Cultural Heritage Law (Geneva-UNESCO), Liberal Arts (Ashoka University), and History (Delhi University). Recently, her research has been showcased at The Unfiltered History Tour by Vice World News at the British Museum, London, and bagged 12 awards at the Cannes Lions Festival in France.