Space118 Fine Arts Grant: 2023-24
Space118 is inviting applications from artists all across India, for a production grant towards the realisation of an ongoing or a newly conceived project. The grant will entail two online Mentorship Sessions (plus a review session) with a senior or mid-career artist who the Jury deems suitable for them. Apart from the grant bursary and the mentorship sessions, the recipients will also be getting a chance to exhibit their work through a ‘Virtual Open Studio day’ that will be available to access on Space118`s social media handles- Instagram and Facebook. The grant amounts awarded will be between INR 15,000/- to Rs. 1,00,000/-. The proposed budget will be vetted by an esteem jury panel.
The following are the Space118 Fine Arts Grant Winners: 2023-24
Deena Pindoria (b.1991, Kutch, Gujarat, India) completed her Bachelor’s in Painting from Ahmedabad in 2020 and is currently in the Final Year of her MFA Graphic Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU of Baroda, 2022. She was awarded a scholarship grant, by Kala Sakshi Art Scholarship 2022.
She employs natural dyes and Ajrakh block printing as well as indigenous etching techniques in her artwork.
Deena lives and works in Baroda, Gujarat, India
Priti Roy (b. 1995, Nadia, West Bengal, India) completed her BVA from Painting Department, Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath, Bangalore University, 2019 and her MVA from Painting Department, Bangalore University, 2021. Her works have been exhibited at Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai, 2022, Emami Art Gallery, Kolkata, 2022, Art Park, Bangalore, 2023 and International Biennial For Paper Fiber Art (IBPFA) Taiwan, 2023.
Priti lives and works in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
Nayanjyoti Barman (b, 1994, Assam, India) completed his Bachelor’s degree in History from Guwahati University, Assam, 2015, Fine Arts from Kala Bhavana Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal, 2019, and MVA from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, 2021. His works have been exhibited at Student’s Biennale organized by Kochi Biennale Foundation, Kochi, 2018.
Nayanjyoti lives and works in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Abhijit Debnath (b. 1987, Bardarpur, Assam) completed his BFA and MFA in Painting from Visva Bharti University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal, in 2019. He is currently the Guest Artist at NID, Bangalore.
Abhijit Debnath lives and works in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
Chris Basumatary (b.1993, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India) completed his BFA at Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, 2020 and MFA at Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, 2022.
Chris’s works are often experimental in nature, with the urgency of visibility, through the viewpoint of everyday injustice faced by Trans men and the complex emotions related to it.
Chris lives and works in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.
Mohd Intiyaz (b. 1996, Delhi, India) completed his BFA in Painting from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India,in 2017 and his MFA in Painting from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, 2019.
His body of work is concerned with the ideas of memory, social disparities, and the politics of control and violence, complete with elements representing the city’s flora and fauna in mediums such as murals, drawings, and installations.
Intiyaz lives and works in Delhi, India.
Debsuddha Banerjee (b. 1989, Kolkata, West Bengal, India) completed his Diploma in Engineering from AICTE in 2011. His works have been exhibited in various group shows, including at Demptyspace, South Korea, 2021, Hamburg photo festival, Germany, 2021, Bristol Photo Festival, Bristol, 2021, The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, 2022; and RDX Offsite, Bangkok, 2022.
Debsuddha lives and works in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Junaki Paul (b. 1996, Agartala, Tripura) completed her BVA Honors in Sculpture from Govt. College of Art & Craft, Tripura University, Tripura, 2016 and MFA in Sculpture from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengali, 2022.
She has participated in National Service Scheme Special Camp as a NSS Volunteer, organized by NSS Cell, Government College of Art and Craft, Agartala, Tripura, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Junaki lives and works in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Jury Members for Space118 Fine Arts Grant: 2023-24
Born in 1950 in Calcutta, Lekha Poddar is a philanthropist, business woman, and an art collector.
Lekha harnessed her passion for Contemporary Art, together with her son Anupam. They established Devi Art Foundation, in 2005. Their collection of Contemporary Art ranges from India, South Asia, Central Asia and Iran. There is also a substantial collection of Verancular Art. From 2008 untill 2020 the Foundation, has held at least 18 major exhibitions, most of them from their collection.
Nikhil Chopra’s (b.1974) artistic practice ranges between live art, theatre, painting, photography, sculpture and installations. His performances, in large part improvised, dwell on issues such as identity, the role of autobiography, the pose and self-portraiture, reflects on the process of transformation and the part played by the duration of performance. Taking autobiographical elements as his starting point, Chopra combines everyday life and collective history; daily acts such as eating, resting, washing and dressing, but also drawing and making clothes, acquire the value of ritual, becoming an essential part of the show.
The artist has exhibited and performed globally since 2005. Participation in important solo and group exhibitions include Fire Water, 2nd Yinchuan Biennale, China (2018); Drawing a Line Through Landscape, documenta14, Athens, Greece & Kassel, Germany (2017); Blackening VI, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK (2017); Bhairav, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK (2017); The Black Pearl: the city from the river, Alchemy, Southbank Centre, London, UK (2016); La Perla Negra, La Bienal de Habana, Havana, Cuba (2016); Use Like Water, Sharjah Biennial 12 (2015); Give Me Your Blood and I Will Give You Freedom, Singapore International Festival for the Arts (2014); Inside Out, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy (2012); Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing X, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai and the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2010). The artist has also performed at Performa, New York (2008); the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); and the Yokohama Triennale (2008). Chopra lives and works in Goa.
Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi
Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi is an Independent writer and curator based in New Delhi. He is currently the Principal Investigator at the interdisciplinary lab Pollinator.io and a Visiting Professor of Visual Arts at Ashoka University.
In the past decade, he was involved in research and curatorial projects with Park Avenue Armory, Asia Society in New York, and held positions with Devi Art Foundation, Raqs Media Collective, and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Until recently, he was the Chief Curator at Terrain.art, and a Special Projects Curator at Nature Morte, New Delhi.
Sumakshi Singh (b 1980) is an artist and educator. She completed her BFA from Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) Baroda in 2001 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2003. She has taught, mentored and lectured at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Oxford University UK, The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) Delhi and for the Victoria and Albert Museum among other institutions and residencies worldwide.
Her installations, illusion mappings, animations, paintings, threadwork and sculptures have been exhibited in group and solo presentations at Saatchi Gallery- London, Museum of Contemporary Art- Chicago, C24 Gallery -New York, KNMA- Delhi, Kochi Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art- Lyon, MAXXI Museum-Rome, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art- Pittsburgh, Van Harrison Gallery-New York, Wilfrid Museum of Art – Israel, Kunsthaus Langenthal Switzerland, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Australia among other museums and galleries. She is the first Indian artist to be commissioned by Hermès for their artist windows and is the recipient of several grants and awards including YFLO (FICCI), Zegna, Illinois Arts Council, Richard H. Driehaus. Her work has been on the cover of Arts Illustrated and featured in Art in America, Art Forum, Platform magazine, Take on Art, Chicago Tribune, Village Voice, Younger Than Jesus – the New Museum Catalogue among other journals.
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