Sophie Dloussky is a French filmmaker whose family is from Russia. She makes a film project about today’s Russia and Russian-speaking people. While in residence at WAA in April, 2018, she worked on the Russian and Eastern European emigration to India. In Bombay and Goa, she met a few women – dancers, actresses, models and show hosts and filmed them while they were working. What Sophie filmed during her time at the residency is going to be one part of a larger film.
Priyanka D’Souza recently graduated from the Painting Department, M. S. University of Baroda in 2017. Working with the idea of myth and fantasy and its function above and within reality, she works primarily in the language of Islamic miniature. Informed by her love of literature and natural history, her paintings have a strong fictional element, oftentimes with political underpinnings.
During her residency at WAA, Priyanka worked on paintings inspired by islamic miniature paintings, whilst exploring the ecological impact of pollution and poor waste management in the deep sea. The project is a collaboration with a marine biologist based in Hawaii. Priyanka used images from the Iranian epic poem, The Shahnameh by Ferdowsi as a point of departure and experimented with scrap materials to add a sculptural element to her paintings.
Shivanjani Lal is a twice removed Fijian Indian Australian Artist and Curator. Her history is shaped by the Kala Pani [Black Waters]. She is from the indentured labor diaspora of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. She works across mediums to explore her dislocation that seeks to account for memory, erasure, healing, and the archive.
WAA Residency Mumbai invites applications for residencies from July to October 2018.
Deadline: April 20, 2018
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Duration: 1 month to 4 months
Eligibility: Artists and curators working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Costs / Support: This is a paid residency. Artists are provided studio and accommodation at a nominal fee. Artists are responsible for all costs of travel, visa, insurance and food.
Artists, curators, writers and researchers working in various visual arts mediums are encouraged to apply with a project proposal for the residency.
What About Art? international artists residency was launched in 2013 with the aim to facilitate and support art practice. One of the few art residencies in Mumbai, India, the residency provides individual studio space, accommodation, professional networking opportunities and an intellectually stimulating environment for dialogue on visual arts practices for artists and curators. In addition, the residency organises artist talks and open studios.
6 spacious studios are situated in the heart of Mumbai in Bandra, a vibrant neighbourhood, not far from the art district where galleries, museums and art spaces are located. The studios are located in a quiet lane above the WAA office and are close to the building where accommodation is provided.
– Administration and preparatory research
– Orientation to the city
– 6 studios (20-25 sq mt each) available 24 hours, Internet, shared kitchen
– Accommodation (2 bedrooms) in a flat 5 mins from the studio
– Basic support for production and technical assistance
– Networking opportunities with the art community
– Open studio and artist talk at WAA Project Space
For application to the residency please send the following documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post.
2) Short description of the project
3) Portfolio with 20 images in case of artist; written material in case of curator/researcher
Please write to email@example.com for more details.
We’re excited to be launching our Young Graduate Summer Residency Open Call for 2018!
WAA is offering young graduates a fully sponsored studio space for a month for either May or June 2018.
To apply, please submit the following documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Statement about your work & interest
- 10-20 images of your work
Please write ‘Summer Residency’ in the subject line.
Deadline: 31st March 2018
For the second consecutive year, WAA is taking part in Mumbai Gallery Weekend’s collateral program with its annual Open Studio. This year, the Open Studio will feature practices that all have an element of interaction that invite audiences to engage with the artwork and challenge the dynamic of looking at art and the role of the viewer. The Open Studios are an opportunity for art enthusiasts to interact with and see the works of WAA’s artists in residence. The aim is to encourage dialogue and a deeper understanding of the artists’ processes of making.
The artists taking part this year are: Inlaks awardee, Sanket Jadia; CALQ 2017 recipients, Pat Dionne and Miki Gringas; Gayatri Kodikal; Afrah Shafiq; Ruchi Bakshi Sharma and curator, Gitanjali Dang.
A multidisciplinary experimentation with both medium and form is integral to the nature of Sanket’s artistic practice. Each work is conceived in the form of an inquiry, with a conscious attempt to intervene in the existing modes of meaning production. His artistic practice relies on the inherent creative possibilities that art facilities; he has evolved particular strategies of intervention through which he pose questions that have no immediate conclusions, but open out multiple and layered possibilities of contemplation.
Pat Dionne & Miki Gingras
Pat & Miki create photographic works that inspire and testify to the relationship of the individual with his environment. In all their projects, the artists integrate the participation of the subject, which manifests itself in various ways such as staging, testimonies or taking pictures. The process becomes an exchange, giving the subject the opportunity to speak, with their testimonies becoming the inspiration. The resulting photographic compositions are intended as poetic and playful allegories, presented in the form of narrative tableaux composed of reality and fiction.
Gayatri Kodikal is based in India; her work in experimental films, games and sound engages with research material as an extension of her practice across mediums . She is an alumni of NID Ahmedabad, where she started experiments with narrative and technology. Currently she is working on the board game TTH:SPUMM, The Travelling Hand: Smelling Palimpsests Under Moonlit Mangroves.
The game has been supported by the Arts Practice grant from India Foundation for the Arts, underwritten by Tata Steel. Previously, she was part of the first edition of the Game Residency at Khoj International Artists Association, where she developed the video game prototype TTH:ALDAS,The Travelling Hand: A Ludic Dream Across the Sea. Here, the dreaming self and waking self work together to reveal and open up trails in an open game world.
Afrah Shafiq lives and works in the world of documentary film and visual art sometimes as artist, editor, writer, and designer and at other times as manager, producer and facilitator. She has a special interest in animation, multimedia, remix, folklore and dreams. When she is not glued to a computer, she makes glass mosaics.
Ruchi Bakshi Sharma
Ruchi Bakshi Sharma studied Communication Design at the National Institute of Design and has directed several award winning live action and stop-motion shorts. She works with multiple mediums – Lenticulars, paper assemblages inside shadow boxes, video, optical and animating toys, kaleidoscopes out of recycled materials, jointed paper puppets for beginning story tellers, illustrated puzzles and handmade zines in collaboration with young kids. Play and motion are dominant elements in her work.
Gitanjali Dang is a curator, writer and shape-shifter. In 2012, she founded Khanabadosh, an itinerant arts lab. Khanabadosh lives off latitude, magic and agnosticism, and is interested in everything. It is particularly interested in constantly rethinking what it—and everything around it—is about. In 2015, Khanabadosh, in collaboration with Institute for Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR), Zurich University of the Arts, cofounded Draft, which explores contemporary art that produces, contributes to or provokes public debate. Gitanjali lives and loves in Mumbai and wherever else this living, and loving might take her.
Our current programs are supported by ArtC, Québec in India, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Inlaks Shivadasani Foundation, India Foundation for the Arts, Whistling Woods International, Bhavishyavani Future Soundz, Pro Helvetia New Delhi – Swiss Arts Council.
In November, WAA welcomed Goan artist Diptej Vernekar, an Inlaks Fine Arts awardee.
His work involves the alteration of memory and fragments and deals with the perception of meanings, space and conclusions which are ambiguous in nature.
The idea of alteration comes from the daily negotiation of people according to their own setup and the daily transformation of spaces and objects within these lived spaces. These environments hold certain memories of human negotiation from which Diptej develops into metaphorical meanings, forming a conceptual mould to his practice that sometimes translates poetically, forming mystical drawings or sculptural works and sometimes video.
Taking inspiration from his surroundings in the studio, the residency apartment and the little lanes of Bandra, Diptej developed an intricate body of work using charcoal drawings and video projection.
His charcoal drawings are of the everyday objects found in these surroundings which he then zoomed into, creating large scale detailed images that at first glance, resembled landscapes of other worlds. Upon closer inspection, one realises that they are merely looking at one fragment of objects that we would otherwise ignore. Using video to project his films over his drawings, Diptej juxtaposes the outside worlds of his films over the minute detail of the banal objects.
Diptej held an open studio with members of Carpe Arte who came to interact with him and his practice.
Photos taken by Laura Bellucci.