Thursday, September 22, 2011

Prajakta Potnis at West Heavens Artist Dispatch - Residency in Shanghai

Prajakta Potnis
at West Heavens Artist Dispatch - Residency in Shanghai

Artist Dispatch
September 2011 Onwards, Delhi - Shanghai
Indian artists Dhrupadi Ghosh and Prajakta Potnis will be dispatched to Shanghai in September 2011, while Chinese artists Zheng Bo and Liu Wei, together with Taiwanese curator Amy Cheng will be dispatched to Delhi at the same period. Thoughts, discussions, and notes will gradually develop themselves into art works in the months to come.
West Heavens is a cross-disciplinary cultural exchange project, aiming to foster closer understanding of India through contemporary art and scholarship, and develop cross-cultural dialogue based on visual culture and notions of Asian modernity. Past and current programs cover a vast scope of social thoughts, contemporary arts, urban studies, film studies and music, and the form of events extend from lectures, discussions, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, performances and related translation and publications.

Prajakta Potnis (1980--) received her BFA and MFA from the Sir J.J. School of Arts in Mumbai, India (1995/2002). Her multidisciplinary work spans painting, installation, sculpture and photography and investigates the porousness and interpenetrability of boundaries and binaries such as inside/outside, public/private, natural/engineered, etc, and has been shown to critical acclaim in India and internationally in venues including Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Paris, France (2011); Heart Herning Museum Of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010); Lakeern Gallery, Mumbai (2010); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art Oslo, Norway(2009); The Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Austria (2010); Khoj International Artist Workshop, Delhi (2009); and others, as well as solo exhibitions, “Membranes and Margins”, Em Gallery, Seoul (2008); “Porous walls” The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai (2008); “Walls- In- Between,” Kitab Mahal, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006).

Her work has been featured in significant publications including ‘I’m Not There: New Art from Asia,’ Ed. Cecilia Alemani (The Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2010); ‘Younger than Jesus: The Artist Directory’ (New Museum and Phaidon, 2009), as well as numerous catalogues and art magazines such as Art ETC, and others. Potnis is also the recipient of the major awards including the Sanskriti Award for ART (2010), the Inlaks Fine Arts award (2003-2004), and the Young Artist fellowship, from the Indian National Department of Culture (2001- 2003).

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