Atul Bhalla, You always step into the same river for Watershed

September 10-21, 2018

As part of Watershed, a multi-disciplinary program that "enmeshes arts and science," Atul Bhalla's presents You always step into the same river: Looking for lost water (Explorations at the Cradle). Fully utilizing the echo-y atmosphere of the Atrium in The Chamber of Mines Building, Bhalla's installation combines photographs, performative photographs, video with sculptural and textual interventions, and performances.

Bhalla has been involved in projects which highlight the use/misuse of water as well as its religious and mythical significance in his hometown of New Delhi. His work for Watershed will examine water as a repository of history, meaning and myth within the context of Johannesburg gold mining, taking references of land and water relations from historical (oral and non-oral) contexts.

“I’ll also attempt to explore how people live and survive in and around the dumps, developing local language/s and words for operations and acts that may not have existed pre-mining days. I intend to use Zulu as the language of communication within the work,” says Bhalla.

Link to Event Page (Link)
Chamber of Mines Building
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, 2000
South Africa

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sepiaEYE Artists at FotoFest Biennial

March 10th - April 22nd, 2018

sepiaEYE artists Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Atul Bhalla, and Serena Chopra will be a part of the FotoFest 2018 Biennial. The theme for this year is INDIA - Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art focusing on 48 Contemporary Photographic and New Media Artists from India. Organized by Lead Curator Sunil Gupta and FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans, FotoFest 2018 will be one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary photography by artists of Indian origin to be presented in the United States. 

INDIA - Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art
Houston, Texas


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Atul Bhalla at Kailash Cartographies

13 March – 2 April, 2017


Bhalla’s photographic installation is featured in Kailash Cartographies, at The New School’s Aronson Gallery. An exhibition of artists from India, China, Nepal, and the US, Kailash Cartographiesexplores conceptions of sacred geographies: holy spaces, pilgrimages, and intersections with secular, personal, and political spaces and borders.

“Atul Bhalla’s photographic installation, titled Contemplating Drowning also considers the tragic pollution of the Bagmati river, but through the figure of Shiva, who is thought to create and destroy the universe in the blink of the eye. Bhalla juxtaposes the brass monkeys from the Golden Temple in Kathmandu with images of oil lamps, that appear like spirits which may be snuffed out by the river, photographed here at dusk.”

Kailash Cartographies LINK
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
66 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10003

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sepiaEYE Artists in Part Narrative

27 June – 6 August 2017


sepiaEYE artists Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Atul Bhalla, and Nandita Raman are amongst a dozen artists in a wonderful multi-disciplinary show curated by Gayatri Sinha. Part Narratives will be on view through January 21, 2017 at Bikaner House, New Delhi.

7 – 21 January 2017
Part Narratives
Curated by Gayatri Sinha
Bikaner House, New Delhi

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