CURATORIAL INTENSIVE SOUTH ASIA 2021

The fourth edition of Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA) 2021 will be led by art practitioner and writer Shuddha Sengupta and Delhi based curator Latika Gupta. The first phase of the fellowship is a two-week intensive programme which will be held virtually from October 18th – 30th 2021. The sessions will include a combination of talks, seminars and workshops looking at the histories of exhibition making, institutions and their limitations. Emerging discussions will incorporate a varied range of curatorial frameworks and practices – non-instrumental knowledge that draws from various themes; patches of ideas that could lend themselves to varied contexts.

The fellows for CISA 2021 are Aakriti Chandervanshi (India), Abeer Gupta (India), Akramul Momen (Bangladesh), Dhrupad Mehta (India), Ishita Shah (India), Kanika Makhija (India), Madhushree Kamak (India), Moakshaa Vohra (India), Oorja Garg (India), Sayali Mundye (India), Sayonee Goswami (India), Shirin Fathi (Iran), Shivangi Bansal (Nepal), Tenzing Sedonla Ukyab Lama (Nepal)

In the second phase the fellows will have the opportunity to independently develop curatorial projects during which they will be mentored by the programme leaders, culminating in exhibitions in March 2022.

curated by Aakriti Chandervanshi

Late Echo arose from a time, a place, and a shared daily reality of three artists in their surroundings, forced to repeatedly revisit the same space during a disparate time, echoing the transient or temporal changes observed. Reflected as a visceral response to their psychological and emotional well-being, the exhibition engages with the documentation of such transitional moments, enquiring how the space provided new perspectives on difficult pasts and how this history can inform the current times. 

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Mother’s Garden is a questioning of the comfort of home, and the sombreness of everyday existence. Photographed as a way to navigate through difficult times, the journey embraces the crossings of life & death, and the gestures of hope & acceptance.

Mother's Garden

by Anupam Diwan

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Hundred Headscans

by Rohit Saha

To comprehend what was happening in the country and around the world through the screen gave the artist chills, making them more vulnerable and anxious. These are reports of their mental state, which have been documented from December 2020 to July 2021.  Hundred Headscans are visual representations of what they have been exposed to in the entire lockdown: the screen and the artist trying to survive the chaos.

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Inspired by everyday life, Fragile Fragments is a visual memoir of over half a decade documentation of a secluded village in South Goa by the artist, where she works and resides. As a therapeutic practice, she finds solace in capturing the most mundane and delicate details around her, using it to nurture herself and balance the turmoil within her, her family and the world outside.

Fragile Fragments

by Vinita Barretto

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Khoj and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, in collaboration with India International Centre are pleased to announce the opening of ‘this 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 keep you warm’ – 12 curated exhibitions by the Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA) 2021 Fellows.

The exhibitions opened at 6:30pm, on the 15th of March, 2022

at the Kamaladevi Art Gallery — India International Centre, New Delhi.