30 April 2015, New Delhi: 2015 marks a significant year for Experimenter, one of India’s leading contemporary art galleries, engaging with the international art community - not only with 3 of the gallery’s 12 artists presenting at the 56th Venice Biennale, but also with the participation of a world-class selection of international curators who will fly to Calcutta to take part in the annual Experimenter Curators’ Hub. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the celebrated platform for leaders in the field to discuss, debate and present contemporary thought on curatorial practice today.
Highlights of the gallery’s 2015 program include:
10 April - 30 May: Praneet Soi Srinagar - Inspired by his visits to the region during the post-protest period of 2010, Soi has extensively documented the Sufi shrines of Srinagar and collaborated with local craftsmen in the valley to create geometrically-patterned papier-mâché tiles that are symbolic of its rich cultural-history.
9 May - 22 November: 56th Venice Biennale - Experimenter is pleased to represent three artists exhibiting at the 56th Venice Biennale: Naeem Mohaiemen and Raqs Media Collective present works in the main exhibition and Bani Abidi as part of the Iran Pavilion. Each, in their own way, consistently challenges the boundaries of visual art to express their interpretation of the contemporary world.
Naeem Mohaiemen will show his new film Last man in Dhaka Central (2015) at the main exhibition All The World’s Futures curated by Okwei Enzenor. Since 2006, Mohaiemen’s The Young Man Was project has looked at fragments of the 1970s revolutionary left. Chapters include the 1977 hijack of Japan airlines (United Red Army), 1974 anti-maoist manhunts and the many lives of Rote armee Fraktion (Afsan’s Long Day), and a Dutch man who left his PhD program in 1973 to follow ultra-left movements (Last Man in Dhaka Central).
Bani Abidi will be part of The Great Game curated by Marco Meneguzzo and Mazdak Faizni at the Iran Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 at the Calle San Giovanni 1074/B, Cannaregio. Abidi will show one of her most iconic works on paper titled Security Barriers (2008) that is a design survey of security barriers on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan. An edition from this series is a part of MoMA, New York’s permanent collection. Other artists include: Lida Abdul, Nazgol Ansarinia, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Shadi Ghadirian, Shilpa Gupta, Amar Kanwar, Ryas Komu, Imran Qureshi, Rashid Rana and others.
July 2015: Filament - Experimenter's annual moving-image exhibition that aims to bring exploratory, avant-garde film practices into the white cube gallery space. This year’s exhibition will focus on long format films, that will be screened over 3 successive weekends in July.
23-25th July: The 5th Edition of the Experimenter Curators’ Hub 2015 - The Hub is a crucial platform in developing and sustaining discourse on curatorial practice and exhibition making. Each year the Hub invites 10 curators to present and discuss their practice in depth with reference to recent exhibitions curated by them.
The 5th edition of the Hub will bring together some of the foremost minds in curatorship from all over the world. The participating curators for ECH 2015 are: Giovanni Carmine, H.E. Sheikha Hoor-Al-Qassimi, Jitish Kallat, Roberto Benedetti, Shanay Jhaveri, Dr. Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, amongst other curators from Poland, Japan, United Kingdom and Italy.
The 3-day event will see a coming together of Indian and international curators and visual arts communities, including critics, writers, artists, collectors and theorists. Attendance to Experimenter Curators’ Hub is free but on prior registration only on a first come first serve basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register the date/s on which you would like to attend. Last date to register is Saturday July 18, 2015.
August: Julien Segard Solo Show - Experimenter presents the first solo exhibition of New Delhi based French artist Julien Segard, who will be presenting a series of large works concerned with accumulated perspectives of industrial landscapes, with regards to time, movement, distance, light - each of which implicitly represents a specific journey for the artist. The exhibition will be accompanied by a public sculpture, which will be developed during the course of the exhibition.
Prateek and Priyanka Raja, Co-Founders and Director's Experiementer
Experimenter was envisioned and started by Prateek & Priyanka Raja in 2009. Experimenter goes outside the hyper-commercial imperatives of the Indian art market, highlighting instead experimental and alternative artists from the entire South Asian subcontinent and artists globally who have a South Asian connection to their practice. Experimenter represents and manages the careers of some of the most exciting and celebrated contemporary artists from South Asia and the rest of the world, including, Bani Abidi, Raqs Media Collective, Naeem Mohaiemen,CAMP, Adip Dutta, Rathin Barman, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Mehreen Murtaza, Sanchayan Ghosh & Hajra Wahed. Experimenter’s artists exhibit at some of the most important international exhibitions and biennials like La Biennial de Venezia, Sao Paulo Biennale, dOCUMENTA, Sharjah Biennial amongst others and in museums such as New Museum NY, Guggenheim, NY, MoMA NY, Tate Modern, London, British Museum, London, MARCO, Rome, LACMA, SFMoMA, The BALTIC amongst several others. Experimenter also participates in major international art fairs such as Art Basel, Basel, Frieze Art Fair, London, Frieze, New York, Art Dubai and India Art Fair.