Friday, November 12, 2010

Exhibition at Guild art gallery, Kamal Mansion, Colaba

Shadi Ghadirian

Born in 1974, Tehran, Iran.

B.A degree in Photography, Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

Tasweer Gallery, India
Silk Road, Tehran
Los Angeles County Muesum of Art, California

Photography Festival of Istanbul, Turkey
B21 Gallery, Dubai

Al mamal Foundation2, Jerusalem, Palestine
French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria

Villa Moda, Kuwait

Exhibition of Fnac, France

Leighton House Museum, London
Golestan Gallery, Tehran

2010 The Silk Road, New Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern Art from The Saatchi Gallery at Tri
Postal, Lille, France

From LA to Tehran: Mapping the Transnational State of Contemporary Iranian Art, The Guild NY, New York

Word Into Art, DIFC, Dubai

Noorderlicht photofestival, Netherlands
La Paz, Bolivia
San Diego Convention Centre, California
Silk Road, Tehran

Blessed are the Merciful, Feigen Contemporary, New York
Artspace Witzenhausen , Amsterdam
The Veiled Mirror, Contemporary Iranian Photography, De Santos Gallery, Houton, Texas,
Word into Art : Artists of the Modern Middle East, The British Museum, London,
Image of Middle East, dccd, Denmark
Ey Iran, Contemporary Iranian Photography, Gold Cost City Art Gallery, Australia
Representation and Use of the Body in Art, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris
Le Rectangle, Lyon, France
Selyemes Fenyek, Budapest
Inaugura en Tucumán, Mexico

How Eastern Look at Western, CCCB, Barcelona
Rebel mind Gallery, Berlin
Foto Art Festival, Poland
Group Exhibition, After the revolution, Sansebastian, Spain
Aeroplastics Gallery, Belgium
N Gallery, Georgia
Galata Fotografhanesi, Istanbul
Boudin Lebon Gallery, Paris
Third Line Gallery, Dubai

San Jose Museum of Art, New York
The House of World Cultures, Berlin
Photo Biennale of Moscow, Russia
Parliament of Brussels
Photo Biennale of Luxemburg
Chobi Mella 3, Bangladesh

Harem Fantasies and the new Scheherzades, Spain and France
Sharjah International Biennial 6, Sharjah
Women in Orient - Women in Occident, Germany
Konstmuseum Gutenberg, Sweden
Ville De Bologna, France
Veil exhibition, The New Art Gallery,Walsall, Liverpool, Oxford, England
Sorbonne University, Paris

Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
Thssaloniki Museum of Photography (Glimpses Of Iran), Greece

A Space Gallery, Toronto
Barbican Art Center (Iranian Contemporary Art), London
Photospania Festival, Spain
Regards Persans, Espace Electra, Paris

Inheritance, Leiton House Museum, London
Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center Copenhagen, Denmark
Ballymena Arts Festival, Northern Ireland
The House of World Cultures, Berlin
The Iranian Women's Studies Foundation, Worth Ryder Gallery at University of California, Berkeley

Sooreh International photo exhibition, Tehran
Barg Gallery, Tehran

Group Exhibition (About Children) Aria Gallery, Tehran
Tehran International Documentary Photo exhibition, Tehran

Shadi Ghadirian
Preview: Friday, November 12, 2010 | 7:00pm - 9:00 pm

The Guild Art Gallery is pleased to present ‘Shadi Ghadirian - Solo’. The exhibition will showcase selected works from the series Nil, Nil, White Square, My Press Photo, Qajar and Be Colourful series.

Shadi Ghadirian has enveloped herself as one of the most renowned Iranian photographers. Challenging the international preconceptions of women’s roles within an Islamic state, the Tehran-based artist’s photographs draw from her own experiences as a modern woman living within the ancient codes of Shariah law. Her work is intimately linked to her identity as a Muslim woman living in Iran. Nonetheless, her art also deals with issues relevant to women living in other parts of the world. She questions the role of women in society and explores ideas of censorship, religion, modernity, and the status of women.

In 'White Square', Shadi Ghadirian has photographed objects of military use - helmet, canteen, ammunition belt, etc. - that she decorates with a little red silk ribbon. Removed from their context, these accoutrements of war appear at once menacing and delicate, their aggressivity tempered by the feminine element. With 'Nil Nil', these same objects penetrate the domestic space: the menace of conflict grafted onto peaceful everyday life, while in a way also becoming contained by the tranquillity of the familial location. 'My Press Photos', comprise images drawn from press-agency catalogues with old portraits of Iranian military men. Across time and space, war's violence sadly reminds us of its universal, essentially male, dimension. As for her series 'Qajar', the title evokes the dynasty of the same name, under which portrait photography was introduced in Iran. Veiled and dressed as in times of old, posing before 19th-century décors, women presenting objects like a radio, a mountain bike or a vacuum cleaner, like a bridge between two worlds, built upon the rather futile, though so-human, need to possess.

Shadi Ghadirian was born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran. Ghadirian studied photography at Azad University (in Tehran). She works at the Museum of Photography in Tehran. She has exhibited in museums and galleries across Europe, and the U.S.A. including solo shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Photography Festival of Istanbul, Turkey; Gallery B21, Dubai; Al Maamal Foundation, East Jerusalem, Palestine; Villa Moda, Kuwait; Silk Road Gallery, Tehran; Golestan Gallery, Tehran. Her works are in both private and public collections such as the Mumok in Vienna, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in London; The Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Saatchi and Saatchi, London and Los Angeles Country Museum of Art.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

K G Subramaniyam, The Guild, Book release and exhibition

The Drawings of

K.G. Subramanyan

Book Release and Exhibition


September 30 – October 25, 2010

The Guild cordially invites you to the Book Release by Dr. Sudhir Patwardhan and Opening Reception of the Exhibition at 7.00 pm on Thursday, the 30th September 2010.

K.G. Subramanyan born in Kerala and educated in Santiniketan, is a major presence on the Indian art scene. His flexibility of expression and richness of visual language evolve from the diverse materials he works with as painter, muralist, printmaker, relief-sculptor and designer. In his recent work Subramanyan uses many registers of language to slide from high seriousness to irony, celebration to subversion, descriptive rendering to lyrical evocation, fact to metaphor, and from real to surreal with the ingenuity of a consummate craftsman and the alertness of a nimble thinker.

“Encompassing doodles, scribbles, sketches, studies, calligraphic and tinted drawings, and drawing with pigments; done using ballpoint pen, brush and ink, crayon, alone or in combination with colour or ink washes, and in gouache; and employing graphic devices ranging from marks, scrawls, calligraphic brush work, freehand flourishes, strokes and dabs Subramanyan’s repertoire of drawings is large. But cutting across these differences they are all undertaken to know the world and to think his way through it; to let the world into himself and to write himself onto the world. And looking at his drawings when we see aspects of the world reflected in them, and looking at the world we notice elements of his vision reflected in it, we know he has achieved what he had set out to do” – Prof. R. Siva Kumar

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Spectacular wildlife photography by Hannes Lochner, from South Africa.

Spectacular wildlife photography by Hannes Lochner, from South Africa.

The photographer spent nearly 800 days in the Kalahari desert to take these photos.

He published this images in his book called Colors Of Kalahari � .

Kalahari is now a national park.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

TV Santosh, exhibition in LondonT.V. Santhosh's show Burning Flags at Aicon Gallery, London from May 12 - June 12, 2010

T.V. Santhosh's show Burning Flags at Aicon Gallery, London from May 12 - June 12, 2010

The Last Command

Between fits of unhinged manner and hallucinations, he told his story, mumbling… But most of the time he used to lie there with wide-open eyes. Unresponsive, sometimes running for cover under a bed and screaming whenever there was loud noise. When finally he knew enough to recollect bloody faces of atrocities, he slowly came out of his daze, but without an identity of a country for which he submitted his life, without a memory of his wife who was expecting a baby and even without a name. But he still heard absurd descriptions spoken of the battles, orders given frequently and the last commands given, followed by deep silence. He still knew that something terrible was happening somewhere, yet could not endure the feeling of being helpless to intervene or stop it from happening. What he experienced could not be traced to any place or time, nor was there any question about the reality of the chain of events, causes, nor its ill driven agendas. When facing the brutality of war and especially when he felt compelling evidence of such brutality within himself, images of burning flesh, mutilated images of wriggling limbs of death…it was all too real for him and fathomless. That was it! What he mumbled lay there scattered around like broken glass with sharp edges dripping blood…

Going through a bedridden soldier’s feverish mumblings who does not even manage to remember his own name or his country and the cherished memories of his beloved, one would wonder, is it a befitting example of a world we are trying to achieve through the war of nations under the pretext of all kinds of unconvincing reasons? There are many kinds of wars, some trecherous and some absurdly blind. Then there is poor man's war and rich nation's war. A whole lot of world of paradox exists at the thin line between the resistance and attack. When will this world get rid of these wars? My learned friend gave me simple answers - that till there are no more human discriminations, oppressions and crooked foreign policies. Yes, but why such simple answers are not simple solutions? Are utopias mere utopias? Is humanity destined to suffer by brutality of some who want to enjoy the world at the cost of others until those commands would be followed by a deep shrill of silence, turning this land a barren wasteland of live landmines?

My recent works are about how the Media presents the world to us and how the Media has the power and the means to reconstruct as well manipulate our understanding of reality. It is about a strange world vulnerable to manipulation. A world where one brands someone as one’s enemy loots them and then destroys their nation and culture - justifying massacre of innocents in the name of religion and nation, creating a fear psychosis so that one can do one’s brisk real estate and weapons business. My works are specifically an investigation into Media generated world itself.

T.V. Santhosh

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Categoriucal Imperatives- video art

Curated by Khaled Ramadan and Anni Venalainen

Artists: Raed Yassin, Ayman Ramadan, Dalia Al Kury, Mounira Al Solh, Najib Mrad, Khaled Hafez, Lena Merhej, Mireille Astore and Khaled Ramadan

April 12 – May 31, 2010

Mumbai - The Guild Art Gallery is pleased to present Categorical Imperatives curated by Khaled Ramadan and Anni Venalainen, opening on April 12th 2010. The first show of its kind, Categorical Imperatives will present video works by young contemporary Middle-Eastern artists including Raed Yassin, Ayman Ramadan, Dalia Al Kury, Mounira Al Solh, Najib Mrad, Khaled Hafez, Lena Merhej, Mireille Astore and Khaled D. Ramadan.

The themes explored are encounters between people, situations of life and how the artists perceive the daily world around them. All of the works also relate to the theme of otherness. The spectator on the other hand is in dialogue with the artworks looking for his/her position with the perspectives represented in them.
Raed Yassin was born in Beirut 1979. He graduated from the Theater Department of the Institute of Fine Arts in Beirut in 2003. He works in video, performance, music and audio/ visual arts. He has done performances, videos and recordings. His work is based on themes related to the media, the city, history of contemporary art, Arabic cinema, pornography, pop culture, disasters and archives. His work has been shown across Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Japan. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

About his own work Ayman Ramadan (b.1980 Sharqiya, Egypt) says: "Coming from a background of no formal art training and with strong ties to the street life I have managed to relay my thoughts and feelings into a visual language using mediums of installation and video art. This allowed for an immediate response from the ordinary person. In all my installations and video pieces I have concentrated on the status of the urban working class in a city with a rigid class structure reinforced by both government and cultural attitudes. Ayman Ramadan lives and works in Cairo and San Francisco.

Dalia Al Kury is a 27 year old palestinian/jordanian director living between Jordan and Europe. She has directed many short fiction and documentary films since she first started in 2003. She holds an MA in screen Documentary from Goldsmiths College, UK, and has directed over seven documentary films, all of which were screened in international film festivals or on the Arabic MBC Sattelite TV network. She has been granted support from the TV channel Al Arabya twice including for her last film, “Smile you’re in South Lebanon”. Her approach to images is romantic yet sharp in the way it chooses to depict each and every side of a given issue. Dalia has a sense for portraits and films people as if she painted them, touch by touch with a warm and innocent approach to human nature.

Mounira Al Solh was born in Beirut in 1978. She studied painting at the Lebanese University in Beirut (LB), and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (NL). Between 2006 and 2008, she was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her work is multidisciplinary, oscillating between video, installation, writing, photography and painting. MUMBAI / NEW YORK
Lena Merhej is a visual artist living in Beirut. Lena studied Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut (BGD) and majored in Design and Technology at the Parsons School of Design (MFA). At the moment she is teaching at the Lebanese American University, and give workshops in animation, illustration, and comic books. She is a Samandal founding member, the only comic book organization in the Middle East. Lena Merhej says that in the comics and the animation that she does, her stories are about her memories and her experiences in Beirut: family, war and frustration are recurrent themes.

Khaled Hafez ´s (Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963) experimental video work Third Vision: Around 01:00 pm (2008) is a nostalgic narrative of visuals that the artist keeps in his memory and that shape his practice today. From1981 till 1990 Khaled Hafez followed the evening classes of the Cairo Fine Arts while studying medicine. Hafez studied New Media at Transart Institute / Danube University Krems, Austria (MFA). He currently lives and works in Cairo.

Mireille Astore´s work Not From Here is an artwork that attempts to negotiate displacement, exile, migration and identity formation using a historical narrative. Astore says that as an artist she is driven by a need to create an entity between the conscious and the unconscious, the intentional and the unintentional, the political and the apolitical. Mireille Astore (Beirut, 1961) is an artist, a writer and adjunct lecturer at the Sydney College of the Arts, the Visual Arts Faculty of the University of Sydney. She has a PhD in Contemporary Art. Her artworks have been highly acclaimed and have been shown in such venues as the Tate Modern, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 8th Sharjah Biennial, 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Home Works IV – Beirut, and Santa Margherita Auditorium, Venice. In 2003 she won the (Australian) National Photographic Purchase Award and she is featured in the Thames and Hudson Publication New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century.
Khaled D. Ramadan is a video documentary maker, curator and art writer. His fields of specialties are the culture and history of broadcast aesthetics, with interests in the fields of aesthetic journalism and documentary film research. He is the founder of the MidEast Cut, Not On Satellite and the Coding-Decoding festivals and the Chamber of Public Secrets. Ramadan has published several documentary films, theoretical texts and books on broadcast aesthetics, journalism and documentary filmmaking. He has serious experience in planning and curating exhibitions, film festivals. Ramadan’s works are shown around the world at major festivals, TV stations and museums. In 2009, Al-Jazeera TV produced a documentary about the Chamber of Public Secrets and Ramadan’s activities and achievement. In 2009, Ramadan was given the Achievement Award of the 11th Cairo Biennial. Ramadan is member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, IKT. Currently Ramadan is the co-curator of the International Manifesta 8 project, Murcia, Spain 2010.

Leonid Afremov paintings

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bright and Positive Paintings by Leonid fremov

Bright And Positive Paintings
By Leonid Afremov.
Today I want to show you amazing paintings of Russian artist
Leonid Afremov. Leonid Afremov tried different techniques during
his career, but he especially falls in love with painting
with oil and pallette-knife. Every artwork is the result of
long painting process and brings different mood, colors and emotions.
So colorful, lovely and professional at the same time
these breath taking paintings will surely bring you a
lot of positive and peace of mind.