Ancient philosophies have explained that man is the microcosm of the Universe; a tiny part mirroring the macrocosm in its structure and functions. The theory describes human beings and their place in the universe, revealing a deep and seamless relationship between everything known and unknown, internal and external, animate and inanimate. Adopted and studied by both spirituality and science, the interconnection between the macrocosm and the microcosm is a subject of vast interest, and provides the possibility of exploration in multiple dimensions- physical, conceptual, cognitive and artistic as well. The entire universe is made up of particles, and as living, breathing creatures, we are intrinsically one with it, and cannot be detached as much as contemporary phenomena has separated humanity from nature. As a seed is part of the tree, and the tree is part of the seed, so it is with us.
The idea of awakening the mind to this connection is pertinent to our present times, when every individual needs to be conscious of not only happenings in the global context, but how one is responsible and accountable for actions with regard to the planet and the universe. As artists, we are intrigued by mysteries of the unknown, the vastness of space and beyond – we are equally intrigued by our bodies and those of the living world, and the functioning of organic systems in a constantly fluctuating landscape.
IPEP India 2018 invites participants to look beyond conventional definitions of micro and macro, and create new meanings – to develop works through perceptions and processes that are innovative and challenging.
Lina Vincent is an art historian and curator with over 15 years experience in research, design, curation and public art programming. She is committed to socially engaged arts practice that reflects in multidisciplinary projects she has developed and participated in.
Her recent curatorial consultancies include ‘Heads and bodies, icons and idols’, exhibition by Ravinder Reddy at RMZ Ecoworld, Bangalore (July – Sept ’17); ‘Tabiyat: Medicine and Healing in India’ (Jan-Mar ’16, CSMVS Mumbai); & ‘Morphology of Archive: Connected Histories of Goa’, (MOG, Goa Feb – May ’16). Selected independent projects include MEMORABILIA, Gallery Sumukha Bangalore (2014); ‘under my skin…under your skin’ Baptist Coelho (2013); ‘Between the Lines: Identity, Place and Power – Selections from the Waswo X Waswo Collection of Indian Printmaking’ NGMA Bangalore + Mumbai (2012-13).
Lina is Associate Curator with ARTPORT_making waves and Chief Program Designer, Visual Art & Design for STFAI (Sublime’s Teaching for Artistic Innovation) Bangalore. Lina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Bangalore University and a PG Degree in Art History from the same institution (2001).
Helen Frederick is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, a center for contemporary printmaking, hand papermaking and the art of the book. Frederick is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Art at George Mason University. Her work has been exhibited at the The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, DieuDonné Gallery in New York, Henie OnstadKunstsenter in Norway, and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and is in collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art, The Library of Congress, and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2008, she received the Southern Graphic Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award and was invited into the Feminist Art Base archive, the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Fredrick is an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design.
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For Seema Kohli, her art is an engagement with the philosophical enquiry of life. It is through the visual language of art that she tries to grasp the metaphysical truth of existence and the cosmic energy that is responsible for all creation. Employing the fundamental tenets of different faiths she emphasizes the cyclicality of existence and the rejuvenation of life forms through the unending processes of birth, death and re-birth. Kohli’s works then become a tool of meditation exploring cosmic truths and laws of the universe. A visual storyteller, she weaves stories that are not autobiographical but deeply personal. Yet, they are universal at the same time.
She has had over 30 solo shows over her practice of 35 years. She lives and works from her studio in New Delhi.