Indo-European Residency 2.0 at AF Bengale

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For the second consecutive year, Alliance Française du Bengale and the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata in collaboration with CIMA and Kala Bhavana (Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan) organised the interdisciplinary Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata. This initiative was supported by the French Institute in India. The residency took place over a period of seven weeks in West Bengal and was split into two parts – six weeks in Kolkata and one week in Shantiniketan. The 2018 edition of the residency took place from November 2018 to December 2018.

The three participating artists - Lorella Paleni (France), Christian Bold (Germany), and Ina Kaur (India) - at Shantiniketan for the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata 2018

The three participating artists – Lorella Paleni (France), Christian Bold (Germany), and Ina Kaur (India) – at Shantiniketan for the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata 2018

Within the framework of the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata, three artists practicing different art forms (one each from France, Germany, and India) are invited to work and explore Kolkata and Shantiniketan together. They meet with NGOs along with a wide variety of artists and people from different walks of life in West Bengal for productive exchanges. The aim of the residency is to create an individual or collective art project. The engagement with fellow artists from different countries along with personal artistic experiences help in the creation of a new cultural space for inspiring ideas.

Lorella, Christian, and Ina exploring Shantiniketan

Lorella, Christian, and Ina exploring Shantiniketan

The three participating artists for the 2018 edition of the residency were Lorella Paleni (France), Christian Bold (Germany), and Ina Kaur (India). Lorella is a visual artist based in Paris who uses painting, monotype, and video to investigate various subjects including ecology, women, Nature and the relation between human and non-human animals. Christian’s art is influenced by the pictorial worlds of applied and subcultural art forms including comics, agit prop, and graffiti. His paintings aggressively contradict the neo-surrealist and neo-romantic tendencies of the New Leipzig School’s multi-figured painting tradition whilst simultaneously being part of the continuation of this tradition. Ina’s studio-research practice is based out of Bangalore and investigates how identities are defined and influenced by history, society, and culture in our immediate surroundings. Through the residency, she intends to capture a unique identity of the place KaliKata through engagements with objects of cultural, historical and social significance.

Learning through Interacting | Image copyright : Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata / Alliance Française du Bengale, CIMA and Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan | Photo Credits : Margot Bareyt

Learning through Interacting | Image copyright : Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata / Alliance Française du Bengale, CIMA and Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan | Photo Credits : Margot Bareyt

The final presentation included a showcase of the works created by the three artists (either individually or collectively) and drew large crowds to Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata on December 14, 2018.

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

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