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The Matter Within

New Contemporary Art of India

October 15, 2011 - January 29, 2012
Downstairs Galleries


The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India
October 15, 2011 – January 29, 2012
Gallery 1, Gallery 2 & Downstairs Galleries

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The Matter Within

Sudarshan Shetty

Thukral & Tagra

Dhruv Malhotra

Rina Banerjee

Bharat Sikka

As contemporary art becomes more widely recognized within India, there has also been a growing awareness of its international development and impact. YBCA is pleased to present The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India, an exhibition of sculpture, photography and video by artists of India living inside the country as well as in the diaspora. Inspired by material culture, literature, spirituality, and social and political aspects of the history of the South Asian region, the exhibition is organized around three thematic threads that resonate from contemporary India—embodiment, the politics of communicative bodies and the imaginary. Of particular interest are the artistic practices that either incorporate these concepts or operate within a gap between these existing thematic categories. Whereas sculpture and painting have a long history within both sacred and secular traditions of Indian art, in recent years photography and video have emerged as significant media as well.

Until very recently, contemporary Indian photography has had little exposure in the United States. With a focus on “straight” and staged approaches, the photographic works utilize either reality-based settings—such as the informal street shoot or a formal portrait—or constructed realities and imaginary personas. These photographs merge the vision of the artist with the social dynamics of India’s vast cultural landscape to create a revealing narrative of contemporary life in an ever globalizing world.

Sculpture has a long tradition within both sacred and secular art of India, and its rich legacy of materiality and iconography has had an impact on contemporary art. Human and animal bodies continue to play an important role in new perspectives on nationhood as well as on ancient pasts. This is evident in an adherence to traditional forms as well as in expanded imagery and physical forms signaling the future.

Some of the video works provide a unique window into the lives of ordinary people. The artists are able to extract poignant and powerful narratives from complex situations, offering alternative forms of storytelling. Video also provides an opportunity for shaping multi-referential narratives examining contemporary conditions such as displacement and community formation, unlikely personages and lost artistic legacies, often against the backdrop of colonialism and other forms of occupation.

Working with ideas that are both highly personal and representative of the shifts and changes taking place in the global sphere, these artists are navigating the complex routes between the historical past and the present, fact and fiction, or new and old identities, during a period of societal flux. As India continues its expansion on the world economic stage, the work of its artists will become an even more widely acknowledged vehicle for expressing new ways of being that are hard to convey outside the terms that art provides. This exhibition hopes to further this potential by contributing to a better and deeper understanding of current shifts and their emotional, intellectual and spiritual effects on the artists and their communities, as well as the potential for representing new aspirations.

Artists include Ayisha Abraham, Rina Banerjee, CAMP, Nikhil Chopra, Anita Dube, Gauri Gill, Shilpa Gupta, Sunil Gupta, Siddhartha Kararwal, Dhruv Malhotra, The Otolith Group, Sreshta Premnath, Pushpamala N., Raqs Media Collective, Tejal Shah, Sudarhan Shetty, Bharat Sikka, Anup Mathew Thomas, and Thukral & Tagra.

Save your ticket for $2 off admission to Maharaja at the Asian Art Museum
The Matter Within will be on view simultaneously with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco's presentation of the Maharaja exhibition touring from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, on view in from October 21, 2011 through April 8, 2012.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Maharaja:The Splendor of India's Royal Courts
October 21, 2011 – April 8, 2012

The word maharaja (literally "great king") conjures up images of spectacle. The heyday of the maharajas began in earnest after the collapse of the Mughal empire in the early eighteenth century. The exhibition opens with this period of chaos and adventure and closes with the end of British rule in 1947, when the Indian princes' territories were incorporated into the modern states of India and Pakistan.

The show will explore the extraordinary culture of princely India, showcasing rich and varied objects that reflect different aspects of royal life. On display will be both Indian and Western works, featuring paintings, photography, textiles and dress, jewelry, jeweled objects, metalwork and furniture.
These sensational works will be explored within a broader historical context of princely life and ideals, patronage, court culture, and alliances. The Asian Art Museum is the first U.S. venue for this exhibition.

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  • The Matter Within—Opening Night Party
    Oct 14, 2011 9:30pm
    Grand Lobby
    $5 in advance; $7 at the door; FREE for YBCA members*

    If you thought 8pm was a little early to start an Opening Night Party, then tonight’s the night for you! Join your fellow nocturnal revelers at YBCA as we celebrate the unveiling of The Matter Within with performances and dancing lessons from the Non Stop Bhangra crew, an interactive rangoli ceremony with Monica Henderson, and “Cadre,” a Matter Within-themed smartphone game designed by the gaming geniuses at Groundcrew! Stay tuned for details, but get limbered up for some serious dancing in the meantime!

    YBCA Members: please login before completing your online order, or call the YBCA Box Office at 415-978-ARTS (2787).

    Please note: Advanced tickets are no longer on sale. Please stop by as tickets will be available at the door.

  • The Matter Within
    October 14, 2011 – January 29, 2012
    Downstairs Galleries

    See our Visit page for gallery hours and admission.

  • Trading Ideas: Emerging Discourses on Asian Contemporary Art
    Nov 9, 2011 7:30pm
    Gallery 1
    FREE w/ gallery admission

    This very special panel consisting of some of the nation’s most renowned curators, scholars, and experts will include the discussion of themes around contemporary art and social contexts in philosophical terms, and rebalancing notions of cultural specificity and global spheres of influence in contemporary art. Organized by Xiaoyu Weng, director, Asian Contemporary Art Consortium and Betti-Sue Hertz, director of visual arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum.

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  • Making India Visible: Visual Culture and Modern Art in Contemporary India
    November 10, 2011 – November 12, 2011
    Stanford University's Humanities Center
    FREE w/ gallery admission

    This three-day symposium, organized by Center for South Asia, Stanford University, is devoted to a broad yet theoretically incisive exploration of visual culture, nation, and art in contemporary India. Speakers include leading philosophers, art historians, anthropologists, and religious studies scholars, as well as practicing artists. The first two days take place at Stanford University's Humanities Center. The third day takes place at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and is organized in collaboration with YBCA.

    The day’s program will consist of two panels. The first, entitled “Art, Capital, and the Public,” will begin in Gallery 1 at 9:30am. It will end at 11:30am. A second panel, entitled “Seeing Distance: Lens-based practices in contemporary Indian art,” will begin in the Screening Room at 2:00pm. It will end at 4:30pm.

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Artist Bio

Ayisha Abraham
Ayisha Abraham was born in London and currently lives in Bangalore, India. She received her BFA in Painting at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, in 1987. In 1991 Abraham participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. In 1995 she completed her MFA at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has had several solo exhibitions in New York and India and has been exhibited in numerous group shows. In 2005, her film Straight 8 was screened at the Srishti exhibition at Ars Electronica, Linz. In 2005 she was an invited artist at the Khoj residency in Mumbai. Her short film One Way was screened at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in May 2007. She is a member of the Bangalore artists’ collective BAR1 and works as a visual arts consultant at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore.

Anita Dube
Anita Dube was born in Lucknow, India and currently lives and works in New Delhi. Dube graduated with honors with a BA in History from the University of New Delhi in 1979, and with an MFA in Art Criticism from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, where she was trained as an art historian and critic. Dube has presented numerous solo exhibitions, including Recent Works, Bose Pacia, New York, 2008; Inside Out, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2007; and Phantoms of Liberty, Gallery Almine Rech, Paris, 2007. Dube has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 2011; Conundrum, Nature Morte, Berlin, 2011; Spiral Jetty, Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2010; Beyond Globalization, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, 2009; and Santhal Family Positions around one Indian Sculpture, Mukha Museum, Antwerp, 2008.

Rina Banerjee
Born in Kolkata, India, Rina Banerjee is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in New York City. Banerjee graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1993 and later, in 1995, completed the MFA degree program at the Yale University School of Art, where she won the Skowhegan-Yale Painting scholarship. Banerjee’s work has been exhibited internationally in solo exhibitions that include Chimeras of the India & the West, Musée Guimet, Paris, 2011; Forever Foreign, Haunch of Venison, London, 2010; Look into my eyes and you will see a world unexplainable, out of place, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, 2009; and in group exhibitions including What is Sculpture, CRG Gallery, New York, 2011; Wild Things, Kunstallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark, 2010; Tsumari-Echigo Exhibition 3rd Triennial, Hatchi, Japan, 2006; and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2000.

CAMP was founded in November 2007 by Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran, along with Sanjay Bhangar, as a collaborative project linking and discussing independent artistic and media projects across the city of Mumbai. Shaina Anand is a filmmaker and media artist who has been working independently in film/video since 1997. In 2001, Anand founded ChitraKarKhana, a fully independent project for experimental media. Anand has exhibited work at Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi; Ars Electronica, Linz; Frankfurter Kunstverein; The Power Plant, Toronto; Serpentine Gallery, London; Gasworks, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; and the biennales of Dakar, Sharjah, and Taipei, among other venues. Ashok Sukumaran studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, 1998, and design at UCLA, 2003. Sukumaran’s public projects, films and installations have been shown widely in recent years, and have received many awards, including the 1st prize of the UNESCO Digital Arts Award for 2005, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica 2007, and the Jury Prize at the 9th Sharjah Biennial, 2009 (as CAMP), among others.

Nikhil Chopra
Kolkata-born and Mumbai-based artist Nikhil Chopra works at the boundaries between theatre, performance, live art, painting, photography and sculpture, devising fictional characters that draw on India’s colonial history as well as his own personal history. Chopra studied at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda from 1997 to 1999. He completed his BFA at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, in 2001, and his MFA in painting at the Ohio State Universityin 2003. Chopra has presented his work in a number of solo exhibitions, including Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing X, Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai and Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, 2010; Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing IX, New Museum, New York, 2009; Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing V, Serpentine Gallery, 2008; Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing II, Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai, 2007; Sir Raja III, The Fourth Floor, Kitab Mahal, Fort, Mumbai, 2005; and Sir Raja II, Kinnear Warehouse, Columbus, Ohio, 2003. Chopra’s work has also been exhibited in several group shows, including Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2010; Marina Abramovic Presents, Manchester International Festival, The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, 2009; 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009; Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008; and Time Crevasse, International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, 2008.

Gauri Gill
Gauri Gill was born in Chandigarh, India and currently lives and works in New Delhi. She received BFAs at the New Delhi College of Art, New Delhi, 1992, and the Parsons School of Design, New York, 1994, as well as an MFA at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 2002. Gill’s work has been exhibited widely in India and across the world. Group exhibitions include USA Today: After Katrina, Institut d'art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, Lyon, 2010; Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Gallery, London and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, 2010; The Self and the Other: Portraiture in Contemporary Indian Photography, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, 2009; Shifting Shapes: Unstable Signs, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, 2009; Public Places, Private Spaces, Newark Museum, New Jersey, 2007; as well as two-person shows with Tomoko Yoneda, Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Lausanne, 2009, and Sunil Gupta, India International Center, New Delhi, 2007. Solo exhibitions include What Remains, Green Cardamom Gallery, London, 2011; Notes from the Desert, Nature Morte, New Delhi; Matthieu Foss Gallery, Mumbai; Focus Gallery, Chennai; Urmul Setu, Lunkaransar, 2010-11; and The Americans, Nature Morte, New Delhi; Thomas Welton Art Gallery, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; The Chicago Cultural Center; Bose Pacia, Kolkata and New York; and Mississauga Central Library, Ontario, 2008-2011.

Shilpa Gupta
Shilpa Gupta was born in Mumbai, India where she currently lives and works. Gupta graduated from the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts, Mumbai in 1997. Gupta received the Transmediale 2004 Award, Berlin, 2004, the Sanskriti Prathisthan Award, New Delhi, 2004, the International Artist of the Year, South Asian Visual Artists Collective, Canada, 2004, and was a runner up for the Leonardo Global Crossings Award, 2005. Gupta’s work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, including Shilpa Gupta, Darling Fonderie, Montreal, 2011; A Bit Closer, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, 2010; Half A Sky, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, 2010; and While I Sleep, Le Laboratoire, Paris, 2009. Gupta has also participated in international group exhibitions, including Last Ride In A Hot Air Balloon, The 4th Auckland Triennial, Auckland, 2010; Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Rotunda, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2010; Asia In Motion - Video Art and Beyond, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, 2010; Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York, 2009; Everyday Miracles, 10th Biennale de Lyon, 2009; International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, 2008; The 7th Gwangju Biennale, 2008; and Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008.

Sunil Gupta
Sunil Gupta is an Indian-born Canadian artist and photographer based in London and New Delhi. After attending college in Montreal, Gupta moved to England to study photography at the West Surrey College of Art & Design until 1981 and at the Royal College of Art in London until 1983. Gupta has presented numerous solo exhibitions, including The New Pre-Raphaelites, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, 2010; Love, Undetectable, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2009; Imagining Childhood, Sepia, New York, 2009; Mr Malhotra's Party, Stephen Bulger, Toronto, 2009; and Homelands & Tales of a City, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, 2007. Gupta’s work has also been featured in group exhibitions such as Self and the Other, Espai 2 - Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, 2009; En todas partes (Everywhere), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2009; Sh(OUT), Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 2009; Make Art/Stop AIDS, Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, 2008; and Street & Studio, Tate Modern, London, 2008.

Siddhartha Kararwal
Currently living and working in Vadodra, India, New Delhi-born artist Siddhartha Kararwal completed his BVA and MVA at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Kararwal received the Best Display award from Maharaja Sayajirao University in 2009, and was a FICA runner up in 2010. Kararwal’s residencies include the Bangalore Artist Residency, funded by India Foundation of Art, Bangalore, 2010, and a residency at Kaashi Art Gallery, Kochi, 2009. Kararwal has participated in group exhibitions, including Urban Testimonies and Size Matters…Or Does It?, Latitude 28, New Delhi, 2010; Sakshi?, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2010; and First Look, Project 88, Mumbai, 2009.

Dhruv Malhotra
Dhruv Malhotra grew up in Jaipur and is currently based in New York. Malhotra graduated from Mumbai University in 2006. His work focuses on urban areas and engages with issues of progress, modernity and the otherworldly. Malhotra’s photographs were included in a group exhibition at the Hyères Festival, France in early 2010, where he was awarded a residency by the School of Visual Arts in New York. His first body of work, Noida Soliloquy, was exhibited at Photoink, New Delhi, 2010. Photographs from his subsequent body of work, Sleepers, were included in the exhibition New Ways of Looking at the 2010 Brighton Photo Biennial.

The Otolith Group
Founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, The Otolith Group is an award-winning London-based artist-led collective and organization that integrates film- and video-making, artists writing, workshops, exhibition curation, publication and developing public platforms for the close readings of the image in contemporary society. They have presented several solo exhibitions, including A Lure a Part Allure Apart, Betonsalon, Paris, 2011; Thoughtform, MACBA, Barcelona, 2011; In The Year 2103, Experimenter, Kolkata and Seven Arts, New Delhi, 2010/11; and A Long Time Between Suns, Gasworks, London, 2009. Recent group exhibitions have included Biennale de Lyon, 2011; Alias Survey, Krakow, Poland, 2011; Turner Prize 2010, Tate Britain, London; and Bucharest Biennale 4, Bucharest, Romania, 2010. They have also held events, presentations, and screenings at various international venues, in addition to curating and co-curating a number of exhibitions.

Pushpamala N
Born in Bangalore, Pushpamala N is a video, photo and installation artist, writer, theorist, and curator living and working in Bangalore and New Delhi. After receiving a BA in Economics, English and Psychology from Bangalore University in 1977, she studied sculpture at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda where she graduated in 1985. She has received several awards, including the Karnataka Shilpa Kala Akademi Award, 1998, Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi Silver Jubilee Award, 1988, and Gold Medal, VI Triennale, India and Karnataka Rajyothsava Award, 1986. Her work has been shown at numerous international exhibitions, biennials and festivals, including Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2008; Bose Pacia, New York, 2008; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2008; Saatchi Gallery, London, 2008; Tate Modern, London, 2006; and ENSBA, Paris, 2005. Her work is part of several major collections such as the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and Saatchi and Saatchi, London.

Sreshta Rit Premnath
Born in Bangalore, India, and currently based in New York, Sreshta Rit Premnath is an interdisciplinary artist, as well as the founder and editor of Shifter magazine. Premnath completed his BFA at The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003, his MFA at Bard College in 2006, and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2008. Premnath received the Art Matters Foundation Grant, 2011; the Civetella Raniere Foundation Fellowship, 2011; and The Third Agnes Gund Award, The Cleveland Institute of Art, 2003. Premnath’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions, including Storeys End, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, 2011; Rhizome, Wave Hill, New York, 2011; Leo (procedures in search of an original index), Gallery SKE, Bangalore, 2010; Zero Knot, Art Statements, Art|41|Basel, 2010; and Black Box, Gallery SKE, Bangalore, 2008; as well as numerous group exhibitions, including Before and After, Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, 2010; Spectral Evidence, 1 A Space, Hong Kong, 2010; Other than Beauty, Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, 2010; A Perfect Human, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, 2009; and Moment as Monument, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2009. Premnath has also curated On Certainty, Bose Pacia, New York, 2009, and the ongoing Project for an Archive of the Future Anterior, 2010.

Raqs Media Collective
Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta), founded in 1992 and based in New Delhi, have been variously described as artists, media practitioners, curators, researchers, editors and catalysts of cultural processes. Their work, which has been exhibited widely in major international spaces and events locates them at the intersections of contemporary art, historical enquiry, philosophical speculation, research and theory — often taking the form of installations, online and offline media objects, performances and encounters. Their recent solo exhibitions include Surjection, AGYU, Toronto, 2011; Reading Light, Festival d'Automne, Paris, 2011; The Capital of Accumulation, Project 88, Mumbai, 2010; The Things That Happen When Falling In Love, Baltic Centre, Gateshead, England, 2010; The Surface of Each Day is a Different Planet, Tate Britain, London, 2009; When the Scales Fall From Your Eyes, Ikon, Birmingham, 2009; Escapement, Frith Street Gallery, London, 2009; and Decomposition, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, 2009. Recent group exhibitions include Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2011; 29th Sao Paulo Biennial 2010, Brazil, 2010; 8th Shanghai Biennale, China, 2010; The New Décor, Hayward Gallery, London, 2010; and Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008-2009.

Tejal Shah
Tejal Shah is a Mumbai-based visual artist working with video, photography and installation, and focusing on feminist, queer and political issues. Shah holds a BA in photography from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, 2000, and an MFA from Bard College, New York, 2008. She has exhibited widely in museums, galleries and film festivals including the Asian Triennial Manchester, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2008; New Delhi New Wave, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, 2007; Global Feminisms, Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 2007; Saturday Live, Tate Modern, London, 2006; Sub-Contingent, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 2006; Indian Summer, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, 2005. Solo exhibitions include What are You?, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, 2006; and The Tomb of Democracy, Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, 2003. Her works are in the collection of Centre Georges Pompidou and several private collections in India and abroad. In 2003 Tejal Shah co-founded, organized and curated Larzish, India’s first international film festival of sexuality and gender plurality.

Sudarshan Shetty
Sudarshan Shetty was born in Mangalore, India, and currently lives and works in Mumbai. Shetty graduated from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1985. Shetty has been a resident at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, 2007, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the New School for General Studies, New York, 2006. Shetty’s recent solo exhibitions include Between the tea cup and a sinking constellation, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, 2011; this too shall pass, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, 2010; The more I die the lighter I get, Tilton Gallery, New York, 2010; Six Drops, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore, 2009; and Leaving Home, Gallery Krinzinger, Vienna, 2008. Shetty has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2011; Indian Highway IV, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, France, 2011; Against All Odds, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2011; Contemplating the Void, Solomon R, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2010; Looking Glass - The existence of difference, Religare, New Delhi, 2010; and India Contemporary, Gem Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague, 2009.

Bharat Sikka
Bharat Sikka is an Indian-born photographer who lives and works in both Europe and India. Sikka worked as a photographer in India before enrolling at the Parsons School of Design where he earned a BFA in photography in 2002. Sikka’s work has been displayed in numerous national and international exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include Matter, Nature Morte, Berlin, 2011; The Road to Salvador do Mundo, Sunaparanta Art Centre, Goa, 2010; Fashion Images, Weiden & Kennedy, New Delhi, 2009; Indian Men, Otto Zoo, Milan, Italy, 2008; National Museum, New Delhi, 2008; Space In Between, Bose Pacia, Kolkata, 2007; and Families, Valerie Cueto, Paris. Group exhibitions include Concurrent India, Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, Finland, 2011; Les Rencontres d´Arles, Arles, 2007; Indian Men, Lille 3000, Lille, 2006; Maharajas, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2006; Prague Biennale, 2003; Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography, New York, 2003, and Moments of Clarity, Sotheby’s, New York, 2002. Sikka has contributed to magazines and publications such as The New Yorker, I.D, Vogue, Vogue Homme International, Details and Time Magazine, where his work was featured amongst The Best Photographs of 2005.

Anup Mathew Thomas
Born in Kochi, Anup Mathew Thomas graduated from the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore in 2003. Thomas is currently based in Kottayam and Bangalore, where he works with photography, exploring questions of institutionalization, identity and representation. Thomas has been part of three international artist residencies: KHOJ, Mumbai, 2005; VASL, Lahore, 2006; and Gasworks, London, 2006. His recent solo shows include Anup Mathew Thomas, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, 2010; View from Conolly's Plot, Gallery SKE, Bangalore, 2010; Assembly, Gallery SKE + Kashi art gallery, Kochi, 2008; Metropolitan, Gasworks Gallery, London, 2007; and Recent Works, Gallery SKE, Bangalore, 2007. Recent group shows include Notes on the (Dis)Appearance of Real, presented by Shrine Empire Gallery at Stainless Gallery, New Delhi, 2010; Docu Tour, Gallery BMB, Mumbai, 2010; The Self and Other, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2009; Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2009; and Reflections of Contemporary India, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2008.

Thukral & Tagra
New Delhi-based artists Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, installation, video, graphic and product design, websites, music and fashion. Thukral was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India, and graduated from Chandigarh Art College in 1998 and New Delhi College of Art in 2000. Tagra was born in New Delhi and graduated from Shankar’s Academy of Arts, New Delhi in 1999, New Delhi College of Art in 2002, and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 2006. Thukral & Tagra’s solo exhibitions have included Thukral & Tagra: Match Fixed, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2011-2010; Middle Class Dreams, Arario Gallery, Seoul, 2010; Low-Tech Family Vacations, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, 2010; Nouveau Riche, Nature Morte, Berlin, 2009; and Thukral & Tagra, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, 2009. They have also participated in various group exhibitions, including the Lyon Biennale, 2011; Maximum India, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, 2011; Concurrent India, Helsinki Art Museum, Finland, 2011; and Indian Highway IV, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, France, 2011. Thukral & Tagra have received a number of prestigious awards including "101 Emerging Designers of the World," Wallpaper Magazine, global edition, 2006; One Show Design, New York, 2004 and 2003; Graphis International Awards, 2003; and London international Awards, 2003.

Supported, in part, by Rena Bransten, Priya H. Kamani, Peter Bransten and Leela de Souza Bransten, Samira Rahmatullah and Munir Alam, Rajiv & Krutika Patel, Sanjeev Malaney, Rajnikant T. and Helen C. Desai, and the Asian Cultural Council.

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