Organized by guest curator Priyadarshini Shanker with Nandita Raman and sepiaEYE, this series accompanies Nandita Raman’s photography exhibition Cinema Play House, which captures the magical allure of fading cinema halls in India. The screening series, in conversation with Raman’s black-and-white photographs, approaches the subject of cinema from a multi-dimensional perspective. Non-fiction Indian films explore themes of film archiving, restoration, production, distribution, and exhibition. In order to spotlight modes of cinematic representation that do not pertain to conventional notions of the “documentary,” the series also includes experimental essay films, narrative shorts and feature-length ruminative documentaries. It also brings to light the work of women filmmakers, showcasing the films of four contemporary Indian female directors.
Link to Event Page (Link) Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, NY 11106
Please join us at sepiaEYE for an enlightening conversation with artist Nandita Raman as well as two distinguished scholars of photography and film, Paul Sternberger and Priyadarshini Shanker. We will explore Raman’s personal connections to some of her work as well as additional influences on her choice of subject matter. The discussion will delve into the choices Raman has made for each of her series regarding photographic technology, approaches to composition, process, and color and how her approach is informed by but distinguished from documentary photography.
Works from Matthew's mixed media series, Bollywood Satirized, will be featured in One In Three: Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence. The exhibit is part of a larger initiative to bring attention to the topic of violence against women, including a day-long conference at Lesley. One in Three is curated by Meenakshi Chabra and Sonia Perez-Villanueva, and will present work by artists addressing themes associated with violence against women.
Link to Event Page (Link) Lunder Arts Center, Roberts Gallery 1801 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
Images from Singh's Tree Hugger series will be featured in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance.
Still I Rise sets to explore the history of resistance movements and alternative forms of living through a gendered perspective, grounded in intersectional, queer and feminist thinking. With over 100 works by some 50 practitioners, this exhibition looks at cases of resistance from across the world - from the domestic sphere to large-scale uprisings, spanning the late 19th century to the present.
Link to Event Page (Link) Venue 1: 27 Oct 2018 – 27 Jan 2019 Nottingham Contemporary England
Venue 2: 9 Feb – 2 Jun 2019 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea England
Images from Gupta's "From Here to Eternity” will be featured in a group exhibition on "Activist Art" entitled Life-Blood as part of the Bloombury Festival.
Sunil Gupta on this body of work: "I made these works partly in response to a period of illness brought on by the HIV. I thought that it might be time to think about how the virus affects my life. I ended up with these six diptychs. They were made in the darkroom as straight forward negative positive prints. Printing one's work in the darkroom is still magical as opposed to the digital printing that has largely taken over. The process itself seemed therapeutic."
Link to Event Page (Link) The Crypt Gallery Euston Road (Entrance Dukes's Road), London, NW1 2BA England
Beatrice Pediconi's video installation, Alien, will be on view in the exhibition, Chi utopia mangia le mele(Eating Apples in Utopia) which is part of Art Verona. Curators, Adriana Polveroni and Gabriele Tosi.
Link to Event Page (Link) Ex Dogana Vecchia Verona Italy
Concurrently with her exhibition at sepiaEYE, Nandita Raman's cinema hall photographs are currently on view at The Museum of the Moving Image. This solo exhibition of Cinema Play House will include a film program presented by Dr. Priyadarshini Shanker, PhD, Adjunct Faculty at NYU and Columbia University.
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
Osamu James Nakagawa's Banta series will be featured in the Brandts Museum for Kunst & Visuel Kultur in Copenhagen for the Photography Biennale 2018. He will be showing prints from Banta that are larger and "hyper real" than previously exhibited images. The Photography Biennale 2018's title, Photography to End All Photography, focuses on "post-photographic photography." The participating artists all create amazing photographs that are almost impossible to distinguish from reality. But on closer inspection, the photos reveal the most surprising details that make us doubt whether we can entirely trust our own eyes.
Link to Event Page (Link) Brandts Museum for Kunst & Visuel Kultur TORV 1 5000 Odense, Copenhagen Denmark
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew's image, Flags, from her An Indian from India series is featured in the exhibition, Former Glory. With photographs, prints, and paintings spanning more than 150 years, the exhibition questions our emotional connections to the flag and explores its presence in domestic and international communities. Humorous, violent, critical, and sentimental, these varied works acknowledge and reflect on American nationalism and our complex histories.
Link to Event Page (Link) RISD Museum 20 North Main St., Providence, RI 02903 United States
Works by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, and Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh's project: Delhi: Communities of Belonging are among the first announced for inclusion to the 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Curated by artist Anita Dube, although the vision of the other biennale has not been stated firmly yet, she has expressed: "I want to explore the vexed question of the relationship between art and politics," she says, "as well as the possibilities of a non-alienated life."* Congratulations to the artists, and we look forward to seeing the Biennale take shape.
Link to Event Page (Link) Various locations, Kochi, Kerala, India
Betwixt and Between: Photography, Time and Place, curated by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, features photographic works by: Hasan Elahi, Jodie Mim Goodnough, Meggan Gould, Sunil Gupta, Abigail Gumbiner, Yashna Kaul, Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe, Netta Laufer, Olivia B. McCullough, Abelardo Morell, Lorie Novak, Pierre & Gilles, Meghann Riepenhoff, Ian Mohon, Lauren Semivan, Starn Twins, Millee Tibbs, Penelope Umbrico, Clement Valla, and Jay Simple.
"This exhibition highlights artists that explore different processes and possibilities in photography with a strong emphasis on points where the various technologies amplify and augment the artist’s concept. Rather than arguing for a monolithic definition of photography, this exhibition is betwixt and between, with a three-pronged approach.”
Link to Event Page (Link) Jamestown Arts Center 18 Valley Street Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835, USA
"The presentation at Haus der Kunst is the most comprehensive and wideranging survey of Sundaram’s work at a European institution. The display is conceived as a sequence of juxtapositions with a view to suggesting how formal and thematic concerns ricochet from one work to another. History, Memory, Archive: the three keywords that the artist has designated as the overarching concerns of his practice are the signposts, as it were, for articulating the overall structure of the exhibition, an open-ended framework for exploring the connections or disjunctures between these terms and themes." - Curator Deepak Ananth, Assistant Curator Anna Schneider
Link to Exhibition Page (Link) Haus der Kunst Prinzregentenstraße 1 80538 Munich
Charan Singh's work can be viewed in the group exhibition, Cast of Characters, a salon-style exhibition curated by artist Liz Collins. Collins has transformed TheBureau of General Services—Queer Division and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center into a lush, densely patterned salon filled with portraits made by over 100 LGBTQ artists.
Link to Event Page (Link) 208 W 13 St. New York, NY 10011, USA
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is featured in the group exhibition, Beyond Transnationalism: The Legacies of Post Independent Art from South Asia which is now moving on to Mumbai. Curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala.
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.
sepiaEYE is pleased to have organized a trip to Houston during the FotoFest 2018 Biennial focusing on INDIA: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art. The program is geared towards those with an interest for South Asian arts and includes VIP Fotofest passes as well as curator and artist guided tours through museums including the Museum of Fine Art, Houston Center of Photography, Contemporary Art Museum, and Asia Society.
Works by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew will be on view at Reclaimed Baggage at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum. The exhibition curated by Nirmal Raja focuses on South Asian American women navigating their cultural landscapes in the light of migration and globalization.
Opening Reception: March 29 | 5-6:30 pm Panel discussion beginning at 6.40 pm
Nandita Raman's work is exhibited at Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York's Body is A Situation.
In her first New York City solo exhibition, Raman looks at the most available body, her own, in an effort to locate herself in the here and now; and opens it up to performativity of gender. In so looking, she embodies Simone de Beauvoir’s sentiment: “The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project”.
Vivan Sundaram's first ever retrospective surveying his practice over five decades is on view at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India.
Preparing for his Retrospective exhibition, Vivan Sundaram says: “This exhibition presents the themes I have engaged with, but it also proposes structures that hold things together in retrospect: via the work, the exhibition layout, and spectator itineraries. ‘Step inside and you are no longer a stranger’: the exhibition’s title reflects the conflicting dimensions of my practice.”