Artist Talks Online | Sheher, Prakriti, Devi

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Dates: 18 May | 25 May | 1 June 2024
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm (GST)
Video recordings: Links below

Ishara Art Foundation presents a series of online Artist Talks as part of the current exhibition Sheher, Prakriti, Devi, curated by Gauri Gill. The talks delve into the works of Chiara Camoni, Rashmi Kaleka, Emily Avery Yoshiko Crow, Mahaveer Swami and Mrinalini Mukherjee, along with insights into the processes, contexts and experiences that animate their artistic practices.

Artists Chiara Camoni and Rashmi Kaleka engage with the intricacies of the natural world through collaborative and community-based approaches. In their talk, they reflect on their relationships with forests, drawing parallels between biodiversity and the heterogeneity of artistic production, and the place that care and regeneration occupy in their work.

Born in Boulder, Colorado, USA, to Tibetan Buddhist parents, Emily Avery Yoshiko Crow explores the intersection of humans, nature, spirituality and the unseen world in her work. Along with Mahaveer Swami, under whom she studied Indian miniature painting in Bikaner, they share the story of their relationship as student and mentor. The talk discusses the ways in which their respective practices inscribe the traditional and the sacred into a language of contemporary art.

The third talk of the series delves into the life and legacy of renowned sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee (1949–2015), best known for her material experimentation with artisanal techniques. Bhooma Padmanabhan, Manager of Projects and Grants at the Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation, presents an overview of the artist’s expansive practice. Asia Art Archive researcher Noopur Desai sheds light on the digitised personal archive of Mukherjee, while Nilima Sheikh, a close friend and contemporary of the artist, foregrounds the artistic milieu of their student years in Baroda and after. 

The programme will be conducted in English and Hindi.

Programme Schedule
18 May, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (GST) – Concluded
Artist Talk | Chiara Camoni & Rashmi Kaleka
Video recording: click here

25 May, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (GST) – Concluded
Artist Talk | Emily Yoshiko Crow & Mahaveer Swami
(In English & Hindi)
Video recording: click here

1 June, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (GST)
Artist Talk | Mrinalini Mukherjee: Her Art, Milieu and the Archive 
By Noopur Desai, Bhooma Padmanabhan & Nilima Sheikh
Video recording: click here

Artists and Speakers
Chiara Camoni
Rashmi Kaleka
Emily Yoshiko Crow
Mahaveer Swami
Mrinalini Mukherjee
Bhooma Padmanabhan
Noopur Desai
Nilima Sheikh