Ali Akbar Mehta (b.1983, Mumbai) is a Transmedia artist, curator, and researcher. Through a research-based practice, he creates immersive cyber archives that map narratives of history, memory, and identity, through multifocal lenses of violence, conflict, and trauma. Such archival mappings – like drawings, paintings, new media works, net-based projects, poems, essays, and theoretical texts, as well as performances both of bodies and networks – are rooted in data feminist posthumanist critical theories of making visible hegemonic power relations and silenced historical materialism. His ongoing doctoral research, tentatively titled Practicing Online Performativity: Constructing Politically Conscious Archives for the Future, is interested in exploring the performative relations between online archives and their users through mediated interventions of Second Order Cybernetics, to create knowledge systems that outline a vibrant new political public sphere.
His work as performances, installations and talks have been exhibited in galleries and alternative spaces in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Helsinki, Tampere, Pori, Venice, Nova Gorica, Vienna, Turku, and Jyväskylä. Several of his projects, such as 256 Million Colours of Violence, Outsiders at Work, Ballad of the Lost Utopian Meadow and Central Park Archives, exist as permanent ongoing online projects.
He is a co-founder of the Museum of Impossible Forms, an anti-racist queer feminist project and was its Co-Artistic Director from 2018 to 2020. He currently serves on the board of TKOK ry (2021-) and Kiila ry (2019- chairperson 2021-); is a research member of the Cluster of Critical Artistic Research (CCARE) and is pursuing his Doctoral Research in the Contemporary Art Department at Aalto University, Helsinki. He holds a BFA in Drawing & Painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, and an MA in Visual Culture, Curating, and Contemporary Art from Aalto University, Helsinki.
Shalaka began her artistic endeavour with a Graduate Diploma in Drawing and Painting from L. S. Raheja School of Art in 2005 followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Indian Aesthetics in 2010. She has also done a Diploma in Conservation and Preservation of Material Culture at Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture in 2018.
She has been a part of a number of Exhibitions such as Abstract Notations, presented by Gallery Espace and curated by Jesal Thacker in 2020. Scintillating Oscillations a Painting Exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery in 2019, also been a part of Art for Young Collectors II at Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke in 2013. Participated in Versatile Thoughts, Group Exhibition at Percept Art in 2013
She has participated in a workshop “That’s it” by Belgium artists Joelle Tuerlinckx & Chrisoph Fink in 2015 initiated by the Cona Foundation. The workshop began in the space of Cona, from the terrace to the make-shift theatre room leading its way outside and finally to the 'space' of Project88. Act-13 (KATTA- THE GALLERY) was presented by Joëlle & Chrisoph with twelve participants live at PROJECT 88. She has participated with "Nine Blinking" the project carried out by Cobalt Blu Art Rise Project association at Karnala Art Residency 2014 which aimed to highlight importance of natural habitat for nature’s beings.
Ria Shanker's international heritage inspires her signature aesthetic style. She describes herself as 'a global citizen'. Originally from India, she spent most of her life in the Middle East; in Bahrain, and recently, Dubai. Her background is a melting pot of cultures with unique qualities, which influenced what would become her creative expression. As a child visiting her family in Orissa, India, she would watch in awe as they drew beautiful intricate patterns with semi-liquid rice paste on the entrance to the family temple. These patterns left a lasting impression and eventually formed part of the creative signature in her artworks.
Ria is fascinated by the strength of women of different cultures and the close bond they share with creation. The complexity of the mind, emotions, and intuition are common subjects of her work - a homage to the wonders of nature and women alike. She considers this to be beautiful in its most natural form. Her artwork aims to encourage the viewer to pause for thought and contemplate life's endless opportunities for learning and how this can be interpreted as an expression of creativity.
Loveleen Bajaj is a Pune Based Visual Artist who is inspired by the meshed nature of the fabric. This very nature of strands brings forth her expression of art through various media across surfaces like fabric, wood, cement, pulpwood paper, and metal. She has worked for almost a decade in HR before following her quest to unravel deep-seated human conflicts, thereby challenging the way we have seen the world in its finite and infinite way. To express her work, she centers it around sometimes known and sometimes lesser-known concepts of love, karma, existence, relationships, and the very paradox that life is.
Her choice of expression is heavily influenced by the ethereal nature of the relationship between action and reaction. Loveleen has collaborated with brands like Levi’s, OML, Livspace, Taj, Art n Found, Hyatt, Radisson, The Design House & she also has been a resident participant in the Method rooftop Residency, Mumbai.
My journey as an artist started on a bright summer day. Basically, the summer vacations were going on and I got to know about the art class nearby. I loved the blending of colors, brushstrokes, giving textures. So that’s how I made my first Canvas painting at a very young age.
I am based in Udaipur- The city of lakes. I am an MBA graduate with a keen interest in arts. I am a creative self-taught artist. I get my inspiration from nature and people. Exploring and experimenting with textures and colors is the essence and motivation beyond my art pieces. I believe in detailing the pieces I make.
Ashmi is a writer, artist, and business leader. Having lived for the last 12 years in London, Singapore, India, and her most recent home, Malta; she is inspired by the
Mediterranean and its mysterious spirituality. She uses a lot of watercolor and gouache in her art, and her process is driven primarily by her intuition. She has showcased her work at ArtSorbet and Christina X Gallery.
Arvind Sundar (1993, Coimbatore) completed his Masters in Painting and Drawing from the University of Cincinnati, USA (2018). He attained a Prior Degree course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA (2016) and Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication, Loyola College, Chennai (2014). He is the recipient of the Wolstein travel fellowship for the year 2017. He traveled across Italy on the fellowship studying renaissance painting and sculpture. He was awarded the Presidential Scholarship of the School of the art institute of Chicago for the year 2015. He is also the recipient of the Graduate Assistant Scholarship (100% Scholarship) at the University of Cincinnati. He was awarded the outstanding student of the batch for the academic year 2016-18 by the School of Art, University of Cincinnati. From 2019 to 2021 he was an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Film at Loyola college, Chennai. He also runs a graphic design firm Urue Design studio focusing on visuals and graphics of Tamil culture. He has held solo shows at the 840 Gallery, Cincinnati (2016/2017/2018) and several groups show at the Cholamandal Artist Village, Chennai (2019), Thundersky Inc, Cincinnati, USA (2018 and 2019), Secret Artworks, Cincinnati (2018), Carnegie Art Center, Covington, Kentucky, USA (2018) Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2019), Priyashri Gallery(2019), Floating canvas Company(2020- 21), etc. He has taken part in more than 40 shows across the globe. His work primarily revolves around the concept of the geometry of the grid and its role in the human condition. Right now, he practices art from his hometown of Coimbatore.
Punkaj Manav has pursued his bachelor's and masters in fine arts from the Delhi College of Art (2002), New Delhi. He is the recipient of the Lalit Kala Research Grant Fellowship(2006) & the National Scholarship(2005) by the Ministry of Tourism & Culture. He has been awarded National Award by the Prafulla Dhanukar foundation in 2016. He has done several art camps all over India including Lalit Kala National Camp Chennai, Delhi & several other private and regional camps of Lalit Kala Akademi Delhi. Some important showing of the artist ‘s works include : New Delhi,Mumbai,Nagpur, 49th & 55th National Art Exhibition of Lalit Kala Akademi , New Delhi , his work has been nominated for National award in SCZCC Hyderabad 2016 & U.P. state Lalit Kala Akedemi 2016 ( Lucknow), some important group shows are – four men show curated by Gallerie Alternative (shridharani gallery ,New Delhi), “Trance” show sponsored by Allaincaise Francaise (Bhopal), show at Point of view (Mumbai),”Untitled “ 2013&14 (Chandigarh), ‘’Beyond Boundaries’’ Mahua Art Gallery (Banglore) 2017, Annual Art Exhibition of Sahitya Kala Akedemi (New Delhi )2017, The International Visual Art Exhibition 2017 (JDA Parera Art Gallery ,Colombo, Sri Lanka),A Show of National Awardees by Prafulla Dhanukar Foundation at Nehru Centre 2016(Mumbai)’’Once Upon a time In Black & White’’ at Art Centrix Space 2017 (New Delhi), ‘’Aesthetic Resonance’’ at India Habitat centre 2018 (New Delhi),” Together ‘’ A Group shop of Delhi Art Fraternity 2012 & 2018 and many other shows in Delhi & other states, his works are in Prestigious Collection of President House ,New Delhi, Technical Education Department, New Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Lalit kala Akedemi New Delhi & Chennai any other private Collection in Austria, Italy, Sri lanka ,U.S.A etc. He lives & works in Delhi.
Vijendra S Vij was born in Fathepur UP in 1976. He lives and works in New Delhi, India. He likes to work on specific themes and create a series of works exploring his subjects in various mediums of expression such as installations, videos, paintings, and photographs. His works exemplify his expression of individual thought and feeling achieved through the creative process. As he seeks to share his experiences, observations, and understanding (his "truths") through his paintings and drawings that most effectively lends itself to his personal skills and abilities. He did Masters in Multimedia and Graphic from PTU, Jalandhar, Diploma / BA in Fine Arts from Prachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.
In her artistic practice, Urvi Sethna has juxtaposed the cells of a grid to the structures of urban architecture through different materials and mediums. Growing in Mumbai and being surrounded by an urban environment influenced her practice and has become the subject matter for her artworks. After completing BFA (Sculpture) from M.S University (Baroda) and with the zeal to broaden her horizons and explore the world more, she pursued and completed her MFA (Intermedia) from the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design (Czech Republic). She has been part of many exhibitions abroad as well as in India. Her art exhibition with Priyashri Art Gallery in Mumbai showcased an interactive and a modular artwork. Her practice reflects and integrates the understanding of three-dimension space which is very subtle visually but has layers of complex structure hidden inside. Thus, creating pure abstract harmony devoid of any elemental representation existing in the real world
Rupa Choradia currently lives and works between the USA and India. She is interested in the infinity of the inner spiritual space and the ornamental/decorative/material beauty of the outer world. She weaves ideas of spiritual and decorative onto canvas so that the unknown and the known aspects of life reinforce each other.
Vandita’s journey as an artist started on a warm summer evening of introspection; pondering on the questions, the eternal questions "What really is art" and then given the subjective nature of art she went to question "What really is art for me;" left with no other option but to add brush strokes to her first magnanimous canvas. Thus her journey started filling her life with more enchantment one brushstroke at a time. Through her art, she wishes to render a perspective, a truth, a dimension, an edge, a moment before it blends away before it blurs away.
Tushar Waghela (b) 1975 is a filmmaker and visual artist, Tushar holding a Master’s Degree in Indian Philosophy and for the past 25 years, he has been working in the field of contemporary art and experimental cinema.
His video arts, installations, short films and experimental cinemas have been shown in many museums, galleries, universities and more than 150 international film festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, London Asian Film Festival, British Film Institute, The Collectif Jeune Cinema, Paris, Mumbai Film Festival and many more.
Tushar had created 14 short and experimental films. Contributed to many international collective cinema and art projects. The Gray is his first full-length Hindi feature film released on Amazon Prime Video and Fox's digital platform Tubitv.
Tushar is currently working on his recent Pop Art series of paintings called Without Ticket using street art, spray painting and mixed media techniques. Besides making paintings. He is now working on his next full-length Hindi feature film and web series to be released next year on theatres and prestigious OTT platforms.
There is Silence –
In between the clouds, between the rivers, between the rays of light, In between the words you speak, in between every step you take. There is this Silence in between each breath... I breathe. The more I accept, the more it expands.
For Sarika, the most exciting part of Art is that it acts above all on the soul, in sculpting it's spiritual composition.
Her art is an attempt to unearth the unsounded depths of human potential and the furthest reaches of our emotions. Those raw feelings that make us human are universal and they often reside beneath the known surface of everyday interactions. It is Mehta’s attempt to travel as deeply as possible, by cutting through the noise, to touch that virgin space that has the same effect on all humans. That helps us connect with each other beyond the slavery of logic or words.
Sarika’s works delve into different raw aspects of our personality but the subjects vary as per the evolution of her personal journey.
Her work enjoys a certain restrain, while space inspires her style. The slippages of content from the subconscious mind give tonal value to her work while striving to bring the ‘nameless’ through that which is left unsaid.