New urban spaces are creating fresh contestations of global capital and local realities. The idea of the urban has been defined outside the rural as a divide, even as society seamlessly flows between them. Carved out of terrains of multiple inhabitations, what was once ecological is becoming polluted, gentrified or destroyed. The project highlights the clash of imaginaries of the ‘urban’ as a means to help rethink them.
Gigi Scaria is a Kerala born artist, who completed his Bachelor in Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, followed by a Masters of Arts at Jamia Millia Islamia. He was awarded an Inlaks Scholarship, and was an artist-in-residence at UNIDEE, Cittadellarte- Pistoletto Foundation, Biella, Italy.His creative repertoire includes painting, photography, installation, sculpture, and video. He has done solo exhibitions in India, Germany, America, Hungary, Australia, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Scaria’s works have been displayed at the 54th Venice Biennale, 3rd Singapore Biennale, Kochi Muziris Biennale, the West Heavens project by the Shanghai International Culture Association, the Melbourne festival, amongst others. In 2017, his major solo exhibition was held at Aicon Gallery, New York. An exhibition of his selected works- Iconic Interruptions on Mahatma Gandhi, was held at Fredric Jameson Gallery, Duke University in September 2017.
Pooja Iranna is a New Delhi based visual artist. Her work revolves around the city and architectural spaces, and uses a variety of mediums such as digital, video and staple pin sculptures.Her selected group shows include Negotiations in constructed space at Delhi and Mumbai, The eye and the mind: new interventions in contemporary art at Guangzhou, China and Delhi, Nothing, no thing at Singapore, and Creative Rising and Up and Above the World at New York, among others. Her videography works have been screened at the India Art Fair, the Asian Art Biennale, the Retina-Rome Video Art Festival, and more. Additionally, the Lalit Kala Academy and Art Inc. have published her writings on art practices of fellow artists.
In her prolific career, Pooja has been awarded the 2010 Celeste Prize Finalist at New York, The Charles Wallace Indian Trust Award and the Outstanding Women Achievers Award by FICCI
Photography Credits: Gigi Scaria