ShalinIndia News Letter Issue# 1
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India in Venice Biennale for the first time in 116 years...
India in Venice Biennale for the first time in 116 years
It took 116 years for India to be featured in the Venice Biennale. This year finally, India will have its own national pavilion at the prestigious Biennale to be inaugurated on June 3, 2011, confirms a high-ranking official at the Lalit Kala Akademi.
India will be one of the 94 countries in this world famous art event that saw its inception in 1895.
India will find space at the centre of the venue called “Arsenal Area,” which enjoys the highest number of visitors. The venue was so named as the area was an arsenal shipyard during 15th and 16th centuries and is, therefore, of historical importance. Half of the total area of 50,000 square metres is dedicated to art expositions.
The theme for the different national pavilions this year is “Illuminations.”
For the Indian pavilion, famous art critic Ranjit Hoskote has been appointed the curator. He has selected four artists from different genres and locations with differing perceptions and artistic expressions to participate in this prestigious exposition. These include printmaker and sculptor Zarina Hashmi of Aligarh; a husband-and-wife team from the North East, Mriganka Madhukaillya and Sonal Jain, who are known for working in public spaces; Gigi Scaria, Delhi-based painter and video artist; and Praneet Soi, a mixed media artist who works both in Amsterdam and Kolkata. They are all artists in the age group 30 to 40 years.
The theme of their collective works of contemporary video, sculptures, and other mixed media is titled “Everyone agrees; it's about to explode.” The artists will prepare most of their creations at the venue, almost nothing is going ready made from India. Apart from them, photographer-artist Dayanita Singh has also been invited to participate in the Biennale.
Hindu , April 14, 201
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