Discover: Normalising Disaster artists

Mar 201 • Online exhibition

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Azaadi, Meherbaani Se, Vishal Kumaraswamy, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Azaadi, Meherbaani Se, Vishal Kumaraswamy, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Sarker Protick

Sarker Protick works with photography, video and sound. His work revolves around the ideas of temporality, materiality of time and the metaphysical prospects of light and space. And to explore alteration of land and border, colonial relics and modern ecological emergencies. His landscapes, portraits and photographic series engage philosophically with the specificities of personal and regional histories. He is the recipient of Joop Swart Masterclass, Light Work Residency, Magnum Foundation Fund, World Press Photo Award etc. He has exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals including Yokohama Triennale, Hamburg Triennale, Paris Photo, Dhaka Art Summit, 4A Center of Contemporary Asian Art, Kunst Haus Wien, Noor der licht, Singapore Art Week, Art Dubai and more.

Sarker Protick is a faculty member of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and Co-curator at Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography.

Vishal Kumaraswamy

Vishal Kumaraswamy is a new media artist and filmmaker currently based in Bangalore, India. He graduated with an MA in Photography from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London and his works have been exhibited internationally including at The Venice Biennale’s Research Pavilion, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Apex Art’s Savdhaan – Regimes of Truth and The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Vishal was awarded the main commission for Empathy Loading by the Royal College of Art and Furtherfield and was an at-home artist-in-residence with Contemporary Calgary’s Collider Program. He is also the recipient of the inaugural Artists for Artists microgrant.

 Vishal is the founder of Now You Have Authority, and works as an independent curator.


Devadeep Gupta

Devadeep Gupta is an interdisciplinary artist who uses the mediums of installations, photography, and video to put his focus on long-term artistic research. His practices come into play as an exploration of perspectives through a critical language to reflect upon the underlying hypocrisy prevalent in modern society. Using a satirical gaze, his actions mirror the irony in the current state of social aspects that are ignored, overlooked, or oppressed, emphasising the absurdities of everyday reality. 


Himali Singh Soin

Himali Singh Soin works across text, performance and moving image. She utilises metaphors from the natural environment to construct speculative cosmologies that reveal non-linear entanglements between human and non-human life. Her poetic methodology explores the myriad ways of knowing, from scientific to intuitional, indigenous and alchemical processes. Outer space is often used as a place from which to navigate alien distances and earthly intimacy, rewiring ideas of nativism, nationality, nihilism and cultural flight. Her inspirations include the ancient Stoics and contemporary literature, travel diaries and ancient diagrams. By manipulating semiotic flows, she creates conditions for the observation of microstructures of social and geopoetic time. In the face of extinction, her work insists on resurgence.


Sahej Rahal

Sahej Rahal’s installations, films and performances are part of elaborate burgeoning mythology. Most of his characters are based on local legends and science fictions, bringing these narratives into dialogue. Rahal creates scenarios where indeterminate beings emerge into the present, as if from the cracks of our civilisation.

His work has been exhibited at the Jewish Museum, New York, USA (2015); GALLERIA CONTINUA, Boissy-le-Châtel, France (2014); Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2014); Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, Canada (2014-15); GASWORKS, London, UK (2013); Art Stage Singapore, Singapore (2014); and the MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy (2013). He is the recipient of the Forbes India Art Award 2014 for best debut show for his solo exhibition at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, India.

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