Notes on Labour

By Praneet Soi
Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta

MAY 14, 2017 - JULY 25, 2017

Industrial Arts Gallery | 19th Century Gallery | Origins of Mumbai Gallery | Kamalnayan Bajaj Gallery

'Notes on Labour' presents Praneet Soi's work, created over periods of extensive engagement with artisans in Kolkata, Srinagar, and Guangzhou in China, which have never been exhibited before in India.

Soi's practice involves the creation of motifs that reflect his deep interest in different forms of cultural expression. This process is intuitive, where images are absorbed into the artist’s visual language over time. The process of image making, some of which has unfolded within the museum, assumes a conversation with the museum and the many different art practices reflected in its collection.

Notes on Labour is also a comment on multiplicity and polyphony. Values that become immediately evident when working with diverse groups of artists and artisans, which is visible across the breadth of this exhibition. Soi's interest in the processes of crafting extraordinary objects with the hand that requires huge skill and his empathy for the unsung artisans is an important theme in the exhibition. The artist has also engaged with the museum's archive of rare books including 'Journal of Indian Art and Industry' that features drawings and illustrations by Lockwood Kipling.

This exhibition is a continuation of the Museum's curatorial series, 'Engaging Traditions', which invites contemporary artists to interrogate the Museum's history, archives and collection.

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About the Artist:
Jagannath completed his BFA from B K College of Art & Craft, Bhubaneshwar in 1991 and MFA from M S University, Baroda in 1994. He was a visiting researcher at Fukuoka University of Education, Fukuoka, Japan in 1997 as well as a recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi Research Fellowship, Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship, and Junior Research Fellowship, Government of India. He completed MFA in Sculpture from Royal College of Arts London in 2002. He has received several awards such as the Centre Prize, C.I.I.C London, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society award, New Delhi, Alice Boner Memorial award, All India Drawing Award from Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi and Orissa State Lalit Kala Akedemi. He has participated in the Khoj International Residency, Delhi and International City des’Art, Paris. Panda has had multiple solo shows since 1998; in Tokyo, Mumbai, New Delhi, London, Berlin and San Francisco, in addition to numerous national and international group shows. He was part of a community project in 2014, ‘We Are Here For A Reason’; a community based art project at Barbil, Odisha. He was also involved with collaborative projects such as the Lime Tree Grove project in 2001, and the Spirit of Ground in 1998. Panda’s works are in several collections such as the GVK Mumbai International Airport, Mori Art museum, Fukuoka, Lalit Kala Akademi, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, and Hindustan Times, New Delhi, and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi. The Artist lives and works in Delhi.


Notes on Labour: A Conversation

Saturday, 22nd July 2017,      5:30 pm

Join us at the Museum for a conversation with artist Praneet Soi, Director of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and contemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator Ranjit Hoskote. The conversation will focus on our ongoing exhibition Notes on Labour by Praneet Soi, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta.
Open and free for all.