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).
International Print Exchange Programme (IPEP), India is a non-profit initiative through which printmakers share their work with each-other across the globe. Participants individually exhibit the IPEP compiled portfolio in their respective locations and get to add it to their own collection. Consequently, their work gets exhibited internationally. IPEP boosts networking among printmakers and creates awareness about printmaking as an art form among its viewers.
Rajesh Pullarwar, an artist printmaker is the founder and organiser of IPEP India. He attempts to bring together artists in various stages of their careers on an equal aesthetic footing, irrespective of their works’ commercial value. Within 5 years, his initiative has spawned into 120 participants contributing 44+ exhibitions at 39+ different locations worldwide.