RESTART- Fundraiser for Kashmir Flood Victims, The Unbearable Closeness of Being

Engendered proudly announces and invites you to two exhibitions & a music concert Re‐start, The Unbearable Closeness of Being and a music concert feat.

Re‐start
Date: April 11 to May 11, 2015
Time: 6 pm onwards
Venue: Vis a Vis, 2 North Drive,
DLF Chattarpur Farms,
Khasra No: 755/212, New Delhi 110074

An exhibition and fundraiser auction of contemporary art from, about and for Kashmir, ‘Re‐start’ is a survey show that will bring together some of the leading and emerging artists of Kashmir along with other artists based in New Delhi. The exhibition will provide an unique insight into the contemporary art practices of Kashmir and will showcase artworks in diverse media ranging from paintings and sculptures to found material and photo collages. Participants include famed artists like Veer Munshi, Rajinder Tiku and Masood Hussain as well as emerging contemporary artists like Mujtaba Rizvi and Malik Sajad. Delhi artists include Puneet Kaushik, Anindita Bhattacharya, Ritu Kamath, Satadru Sovan among others. It is curated by Myna Mukherjee, Director of Engendered. 

“We see sporadic representation of Kashmiri art of and on, however re‐start will be one of the first consolidated exhibitions showing this volume of contemporary art from Kashmir, making this one of the more unique and ambitious projects I have worked on in the last six years,” says Mujtaba Rizvi, CEO of Gallerie One, Kashmir’s only contemporary art centre, and the sourcing partner for the majority of artwork for re‐start.

Says curator Mukherjee: “Re‐start is a testament to the creativity and resilience of artists—who despite years of conflict, and the recent sorrow from the devastation of the floods— have found courage and renewal in their creative work.”

The event is being organized by Loudbeetle.in and Kashmir Art Quest inassociation with Engendered and STIR. “Over 80 per centof profits will go towards the flood victims in Kashmir”, says Ahmer Khan of Loudbeetle.

Participating artists are Veer Munshi, Rajinder Tiku, Masood Hussain, Malik Sajid, Adil Khan, Suhail Sofi, Shaiqa Mohi, Shabir Mirza, Iftikar Jaffer, Jystona Sing, MA Mehboob, Arshid Sauleh, Shafi Chaman, Showkat Katju, Saumya Gupta, Puneet Kaushik, Sameer Hussain, Blabir Krishen, Ritu Kamat, Satyakam Saha, Waseem Mushtaq, Naushaad Gayoor, Syed Mujtaba Rizvi and Anindita Bhattacharya. Special Guest Nilima Sheikh.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Difference, belonging & intersecting marginalities
Date: April 11 to May 11
Time: 6 pm onwards
Venue: Vis a Vis, 2 North Drive,
DLF Chattarpur Farms,
Khasra No: 755/212, New Delhi 110074
011‐26809377/78/79

An exhibition of incredibly diverse artists whose works show their deepest selves and explore themes of marginality, identity, home, otherness and belonging; Anita Dube shares her deeply personal suite of erotic graphite on paper drawings, which are immediate and raw, while Waswo X Waswo’s sepia toned, hand‐tinted photographs pun on nostalgic family portraits by placing unconventional sitters before the lens. Puneet Kaushik’s work is a lyrical examination of othered bodies while Satadru Sovan uses architecture and urban lore to comment on male sexuality. Chintan Upadhyay’s unveils his bold erotic drawings from his Manga series as a comment against censorship while Nabonita Saha’s eco‐feminist canvas contemplates the disappearing forest and the topical issue of farmer‐land rights. Anindita Bhattacharya’s uses her canvases to examine how a prevailing space of guns and grenades oozes machismo. Meanwhile Kumar Ranjan Ray uses humor to talk about the policing of private spaces, Israeli artist Achia Anzi’s looks at the notion of home and destinations while reflecting on the infinite journey.

Participating artists are Anita Dube, Waswo x Waswo, Chintan Upadhyay, Nabonita, Anindita Bhattacharya, Puneet Kaushik , Satatdru Sovan, Pratap Morey, Syed Mujtaba Rizvi and Achia Anzi.

As a parallel to the exhibition the opening features Folk Rock band Folka Dots who sing about female sexuality and desire among other things. Also, will feature a Sufi Rock trio Alif (Highway 61, featured recently on MTV Coke Studio) followed by delicious Kashmiri Dinner.

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