Monday, December 27, 2010

Myth - Reality Constructing Cult-u're curated Veeranganakumari Solanki

Myth - Reality
Constructing Cult - u're Curated by Veeranganakumari Solanki

Preview: Tuseday, 4th January 2011

Film Screening: 5 - 7 pm
Dial h-I-S-T-O-R-Y (68mins) by Johan Grimonprez
Double Take (80 mins) by Johan Grimonprez

Perfomances by Charwei Tsai and Prayas Abhinav 7:30 pm onwards

Artists:Charwei Tsai,Job Koelewijn,Johan Grimonprez,Mithu Sen,Neha Thakar, Prayas Abhinav,Renata Poljak,Riyas Komu,Vidya Kamat,Vijayendra Sekhon

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010



Who slept, naked in the stark aftermath, In the forgotten depths, In the poisoned waters of dead imagination.
(Excerpt of Poem by Sophia Pandeya.)

The Guild Art Gallery is pleased to present the debut solo show in New York of artist Shalalae Jamil. Born and raised in Pakistan, educated at Bennington College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she has exhibited and curated work in Pakistan, the United States and the U.K. Her work is in several private collections including the Arts Council in Pakistan and the Devi Art Foundation in India.

Shalalae Jamil’s work accesses the intensely personal and the unavoidably political with an ease and an awkwardness that brings it as painfully close to real life as perhaps only the medium of video is capable of doing. Continually investigating how perception and meaning are altered by the shifting parameters of private and public space, Split Beds and Windows follows the same broader trajectory that her oeuvre has had a distinct tendency to trace. It addresses the often highly sensitive issues embedded within the complexities of the forming of identity that unfold through inherently personal narratives of self and family, familiarity and belonging, love and loss.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Navjot Altaf IV - Video Installation

N a v j o t A l t a f

Touch IV

Preview: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | 7- 9 pm

On view till January 1, 2011

Bhimawa Golar, Rajendra Naik and Pandurang from Sangram,Sangli will be in conversation with Nancy Adajania, Gita Chadha and Navjot Altaf on December 16, 2010 | 6:30 pm

at The Guild, Mumbai

The Guild is proud to present 22 monitor video installation Touch IV by Navjot Altaf at The Guild, Mumbai.

“The video installation 'Touch IV', whose central protagonists are sex workers and members of the third gender community, is a culmination of Navjot's three-decade-long preoccupation with representing the voice of the subaltern in art. I would contend that at the core of Navjot's practice lies her unceasing awareness of being a linguistic subjectivity, an image-maker who nonetheless forms her social and political associations through language. Navjot has a deep commitment to language in all its various manifestations, its ability to unmask power asymmetry and the occlusion of truth, with its wager on multi-pronged articulation. But her commitment to language is held in counterpoint by her apprehension of being stalled by word-induced aporia, of being interpellated or otherwise reduced by language, of being trapped by language.

…In 'Touch IV', unlike earlier video installations like 'Mumbai Meri Jaan' or 'Pavan Kumar', Navjot's subaltern protagonists discussed and even at times dictated the terms of how they wished to be represented. In the Spivakian sense, Navjot has traversed the journey from the difficulties of inter-subjective communication, as immortalised in the question 'Can the subaltern speak?', to clearing the ground to make such speech-acts possible. This should not mislead the viewer into thinking that if the subaltern speaks, s/he will be automatically heard. As in Navjot's earlier works, the viewer has to make an effort to understand what is being enunciated, with 22 voices available on the headphones of television monitors.

These voices belong to people who are part of a movement of resistance against societal norms that consider their sex-work as a social aberration and their sexuality as deviant behaviour. Their solidarity has been manifested in a large 5000-member organisation, Sangram, which has been working with women's collectives on prostitution for the last 15 years…” (Excerpt from an essay by Nancy Adajania)

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Navjot Altaf’s work has been shown in Lacuna in Testimony, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida, 2009;Curated by Julia Herzberg Public Places Private Spaces, Newark Museum, New York and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis 2008; Curated by Gayatri Sinha and Paul Stern Berger, Tiger by the Tail: Women Artists Transforming Culture, Brandies University / Museum Boston and New Brunswick Rutgers University, Douglass Library, Newark, 2008; Curated by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, Elinor W.Gadon and Roobina Karode, Continuity and Transformation, Provinciadi Milano,Italy, 2007;Curated by Daniela Palazzoli, Zones of Contact, 15th Biennale of Sydney Australia, 2006; Curated by Charles Merewether, Australia. Groundworks, Carnegie Mellon University, (RMG) Pittsburgh, 2005;Grant Kester Another Passage To India, Theatre Saint Gervais and Musee d’ Ethnographie, Geneva, Switzerland, 2004; Curated by Pooja Sood, Zoom – Art in Contemporary India, Edificia Sede de Caixo Garal de Depositos, Lisbon, 2004; Curated by Luis Sepra and Nancy Adajania, Century City - Bombay/Mumbai: City Politics and Visual Culture in the 90’s, Tate Modern, London, 2001; Curated by Geeta Kapoor and Ashish Rajadhyaksha, subTerrain:artworks in the cityfold, ,Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin. Curated by Geeta Kapur. 8th Havana Biennale: Art together with life, Cuba, 2003;Curated by Hilda Maria Rodriguez; LimiNAl zoNes, Curated by Pooja Sood, Apeejay Media Gallerry New Delhi,2003; Solo exhibitions include: Touch IV, Video Installation, Talwar Gallery, New Delhi, 2010; A Place in New York an interactive photo based project, The Guild, Mumbai, 2010; Touch- Remembering Altaf, Video and motor based sculpture Installation, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2008; Bombay Shots, an interactive photo based project, The Guild, Mumbai, 2008; Water Weaving, Video Installation, Talwar Gallery, New York, 2005; Junctions 1 2 3, The Guild, Mumbai, 2006 and Jagar Multimedia Installation, Sakshi Gallery Mumbai,2006 among others.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Guild is pleased to announce that Pooja Iranna's video
'Another New Beginning', has been selected for The Celeste Prize 2010.
It has made it to the final 50 artworks from a total of 74,380 votes in different categories (Painting,sculpture,video,photography and live media) from all over the world.

There will be a catalogue published of the 50 final works selected and Pooja's video will be a part of the final show.

Final Awards in each category will be decided during the exhibition amongst the 50 finalists.

The exhibition will be held from 11th till 13th of dec 2010
The Invisible Dog
51 Bergen Street

Another New Beginning

ANIMATION 7.50 Minutes, 2010

The artist believes that no stone has been left unturned by the human race ever since we started creating .We have successfully managed to use our cultural as well as technical knowledge along with positive energies ,to construct the unthinkable . Through this video she further goes on to explore the possibilities to which human mind can extend their creative energies in order to build not only the living structures on the face of it, but beliefs and inspirations as well .She finds a way to express that though we seem to have reached our zenith in many ways,human mind is such that we can express our ingenuity, when the time asks for it.