Date(s) - 02/11/2018 - 14/12/2018
Alliance Française du Bengale
The Alliance Française du Bengale (http://bengale.afindia.org)and the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata (www.goethe.de/kolkata) , in collaboration with the Kolkata based art gallery CIMA(http://www.cimaartindia.com/) and Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal (www.visvabharati.ac.in) are organizing the second interdisciplinary Indo – European Residency Project Kolkata. The seven week long residency takes place in Kolkata and in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.
For the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata, three artists practicing different art forms (one from France , Germany and India) will work and explore the cities together, for six weeks in Kolkata and one week in Santiniketan. During their stay, the artists will meet for a productive exchange with NGOs, artists and others in West Bengal. The aim of this residency is the creation of an individual or collective art project. The engagement with fellow artists from different countries along with personal artistic experiences will help to create a new cultural space for inspiring ideas and producing entrancing results.
This year the chosen artist from France is Lorella Paleni.
Lorella Paleni (France)
Lorella Paleni’s artistic research investigates various subjects including ecology, women, nature and the relations between humans and animals.
The project that Paleni intends to work on during this residency in Kolkata will be multimedia – paintings, drawings, as well as audio and video material. This will be used to create an animation film, which will respond to the environment and life in Kolkata.
She hopes to interact with the local communities during her stay in Kolkata as well as Santiniketan and learn about their relationship to the land and its transformation. She is particularly interested in visiting and investigating the Botanical Garden (founded in 1787) which is a home to the 250 years old Great Banyan Tree. Kolkata’s rich revolutionary history and anticolonial struggle are important aspects that she intends to consider, for the project realization.
In line with the residency’s mission, she will be keeping her project open to variations and changes; the encounters that she will have in Kolkata and Santiniketan, will significantly shape the project itself. Paleni’s art practice develops organically and intuitively, and she believes that this type of approach will synchronize perfectly with the character of the residency. Paleni feels that her work would deeply benefit from the experience and the exchanges that she will have with the other artists and non-artists during her stay.
Other Artists from Germany and India
Christian Bold (Germany)
Christian Bold was born in Leipzig, Germany. After finishing his law studies in 2006, he enrolled at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts and Book Design) Leipzig. He spent most of his time there printing and sculpting. During his post graduate studies as a Meisterschüler of New-Leipzig-School and under painter and printmaker Christoph Ruckhäberle, he started painting with acrylic on large format canvas.
Bold´s art is influenced by the pictorial worlds of applied and subcultural art forms like comic, agit prop and graffiti. The pathos formulas and conventions of figurative painting are quoted, but at the same time undermined and questioned by means of technoid execution and re-contextualization.
Christian Bold’s paintings aggressively contradict the neo-surrealist and neo-romantic tendencies of the New Leipzig School´s multi-figured painting tradition, while at the same time being part of the continuation of that tradition.