Engaged with the shared environmental and ethical concerns of a new generation, Atul Bhalla is a conceptual artist who examines this new generation’s relationship to water and its cultural meaning. Bhalla’s works are universally pertinent. They have an individual as well as collective meaning. They address issues of contemporary needs versus consequent roles of natural, cultural, or built heritage and may be used to decode the contemporary landscape in India by tracing many social constructions and discourses.
This work is part of the KHOJ portfolio titled “A Gift for Khoj”.
This artwork description has been sourced from the KHOJ Portfolio.
Atul Bhalla completed his bachelor’s in fine arts from the College of Art, University of Delhi, and his master’s in fine arts from the School of Art, Northern Illinois University, USA. Bhalla is a conceptual artist working with environmental issues, particularly those surrounding water, for more than two decades. His work invites audiences to engage directly with urban and metropolitan spaces, and in particular water resources, in his city New Delhi as well as those he visits during the course of international exhibitions and residencies. In his engagement with the eco-politics of water, Bhalla has been pushing for various thematic links through his multifaceted practice. Primarily using photography the artist explores histories and associative meanings of sites of everyday living, building narratives through performance and many times using text as well.
His work ‘Yamuna Walk’ was part of the traveling exhibition Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 years of art-walking at MAC Brimingham. He has also participated in the Yamuna Elbe Project, a project about two rivers – Elbe in Hamburg and the Yamuna in Delhi in 2011–12.
He has participated in various solo shows, including a solo installation at Harvard Art Museums, MA, USA (2016); the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Rome, Italy (2016); SepiaEYE, New York, USA (2015); Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2011, 2015); Lafayette College, Philadelphia, USA (2011); Project 88, Mumbai (2009); Aicon Gallery, London (2008); among others. His group shows include the Kuala Lampur Biennale in 2017; SepiaEYE, New York (2017); Bikaner House, New Delhi (2017); the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (2016); the Stephen D. Paine Gallery. Massachusetts Institute of Art and Design, USA (2015); Sunaparanta, Goa (2015); to mention a few.
He has published two books on his performance works, Yamuna Walk by University Washington Press, and What Will Be my Defeat by Galerie für Lanschaftskunst Hamburg (GFLK).
The artist lives and works in New Delhi.
This artist bio has been sourced from Vadehra Art Galleries page on Atul Bhalla .