2 Indian artists selected to produce new commissions for Liverpool Biennial

ASIAN CONTEMPORARY ART BIENNIALS EXHIBITIONS INTERNATIONAL LIVERPOOL

Among the ten Asian artists selected to produce new commissions for “Touched“, the name of and theme for the Liverpool Biennial International Exhibition 2010, two are contemporary Indian artists. Below we list both and briefly describe their work and career.

NS Harsha, 'Melting Wit', 2005, acrylic on canvas, 168 x 290 cm. Image taken from serpentinegallery.org.

NS Harsha, 'Melting Wit', 2005, acrylic on canvas, 168 x 290 cm. Image taken from serpentinegallery.org.

NS Harsha (India, 1969)

NS Harsha lives and works in Mysore, India and studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda in 1995. Career highlights include exhibitions at the the the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Arts, Australia in 1999, the 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial in 2002, The House of World Cultures, Berlin in 2005, the Singapore Biennale in 2006 and at Serpentine Gallery, London and Maison Hermes, Tokyo in 2008. He won the third Artes Mundi prize in 2008.

Harsha works within the tradition of Indian miniature painting, using this medium to portray the political and social realities of his country, often in strange or comic ways. Aside from painting, Harsha has also created large scale installations and participated in community projects. He aims to create works with ambiguity, works that mislead or confuse the viewer, reflecting the chaos and intensity of life in India. As he says in an article published on Guardian.co.uk,

NS Harsha, 'Nations', 2006, installation of hand-painted flags, sewing machines and textiles. Image taken from universes-in-universe.org.

NS Harsha, 'Nations', 2006, installation of hand-painted flags, sewing machines and textiles. Image taken from universes-in-universe.org.

“I like the visual flatness of my works when viewed from afar, but, upon closer observation, they reveal hundreds of stories and mysteries. This is an interesting social metaphor for me. I think living in a country which has one of the largest populations constantly influences me to think about human form. Life is visually very intense in this part of the world.”

NS Harsha’s profile on the Liverpool Biennial website

Ranjani Shettar (India, 1977)

Ranjani Shettar is a young Indian artist currently working in Bangalore. She graduated in 2000 from the Chitrakala Institute of Advanced Studies with a Masters of Fine Arts (Sculpture). In 2006 she participated in a residency with Artpace in San Antonio, Texas and has held a number of solo exhibitions around the worldincluding four in the United States in 2009.

Ranjani Shettar, 'Bird Song II', 2009, mixed media. Image taken from artnet.com.

Ranjani Shettar, 'Bird Song II', 2009, mixed media. Image taken from artnet.com.

In January this year, the artist was mentioned in Ravin Agrawal’s TED talk in which he highlights ten young contemporary Indian artists. He says that Shettar creates “ethereal sculptures and installations that really marry the industrial to the organic and brings … the local global.”

Ranjani Shettar’s profile on the Liverpool Biennial website

About the Liverpool Biennial’s “Touched”

“Touched”, the Liverpool Biennial International Exhibition 2010, runs until the end of November. The event website explains the exhibition:

“The International exhibition for Liverpool Biennial this year presents the work of over 60 artists; around half were commissioned to make new work. The exhibition takes place in five art galleries – A Foundation, the Bluecoat, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool – and several non-gallery sites as well.”

“The show was developed in dialogue, the curator from each gallery elaborating her or his own particular interest in the overall theme Touched; the artists share the practice of contemporary art as a globalised activity, but the value of their work comes from their ability to communicate the specifics of their cultural experience and viewpoint.”

Do Ho Suh, 'Paratrooper-I (full view)', 2003, installation. Image taken from artnet.com.

Do Ho Suh, 'Paratrooper-I (full view)', 2003, installation. Image taken from artnet.com.

Overall, ten artists from the Asian region were selected for exhibition. The remaining eight includes: Do Ho SuhMinouk Lim (South Korea), Meiro KoizumiSachiko Abe (Japan), Song Dong (China), Tehching Hsieh (Taiwan), Will Kwan (Hong Kong), and Tala Madani (Iranian-American).

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