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2017

Atul Bhalla, <i>Dhani</i>, 2014

Atul Bhalla, Dhani, 2014

Atul Bhalla in Unfiltered at The Benton

Atul Bhalla’s photographs from his exploratory walks along the waterways of India will be featured in the group exhibition, Unfiltered: An Exhibition About Water at The Benton.

31 August – 17 December 2017
Unfiltered: An Exhibition About Water
The William Benton Museum of Art
University of Connecticut


Beatrice Pediconi, <i>Alien/Alieno</i>, 2016. Installation View of Video 5′38″ (looped)

Beatrice Pediconi, Alien/Alieno, 2016. Installation View of Video 5′38″ (looped)

Atul Bhalla and Beatrice Pediconi in 'A Preview to Desolation'

Works by Atul Bhalla and Beatrice Pediconi (alongisde various other artists) will be featured in A Preview to Desolation curated by Premjish. The works in the exhibition address the “cataclysmic contemporary climate” or, as the curator also defines it, the “bad new days” as a reference to the quote by Bertolt Brecht: “Don’t start with the good old days, but the bad new ones.”

26 August – 1 October 2017
A Preview to Desolation
Italian Embassy Cultural Centre New Delhi
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


Nandita Raman, <i>Untitled #5 (Natraj)</i>, 2009

Nandita Raman, Untitled #5 (Natraj), 2009

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Atul Bhalla, and Nandita Raman in Part Narratives

Part Narratives at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai is curated by Gayatri Sinha. The exhibition features works by Nandita Raman, Atul Bhalla, & Annu Palakunnathu Matthew work alongside many other incredible artists.

“In 2017, the Partition of India is marked by its 70th anniversary. Drawing on the readings of departure and partial histories, the exhibition Part Narratives commemorates this event, and brings the art production that surrounded it within museum and art discourse. At the same time it turns our attention to issues of migration as they beset the world at present, to the long shadow of Partition and its passage through time.”

Press:
15 August 2017 Maharashtra Times LINK Press Release (PDF)
15 August 2017 Matters of Art LINK Press Release (PDF)
19 August 2017 Verve LINK Press Release (PDF)
24 August 2017 The Wall LINK Press Release (PDF)
28 August 2017 The Times of India LINK Press Release (PDF)
01 September 2017 The Hindu LINK Press Release (PDF)
15 September 2017 The Hindu Business Line – BLink LINK Press Release (PDF)

13 August – 19 September 2017
Part Narratives
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai


Atul Bhalla, <i>The Drowning of Virupaksha</i> (detail), 2017

Atul Bhalla, The Drowning of Virupaksha (detail), 2017

Atul Bhalla's Contemplating Drowning in Kailash Cartographies

Bhalla’s photographic installation is featured in Kailash Cartographies, at The New School’s Aronson Gallery. An exhibition of artists from India, China, Nepal, and the US, Kailash Cartographies explores conceptions of sacred geographies: holy spaces, pilgrimages, and intersections with secular, personal, and political spaces and borders.

“Atul Bhalla’s photographic installation, titled Contemplating Drowning also considers the tragic pollution of the Bagmati river, but through the figure of Shiva, who is thought to create and destroy the universe in the blink of the eye. Bhalla juxtaposes the brass monkeys from the Golden Temple in Kathmandu with images of oil lamps, that appear like spirits which may be snuffed out by the river, photographed here at dusk.”

13 March – 2 April, 2017
Kailash Cartographies LINK
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
66 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10003


Atul Bhalla, <i>Yudhisthra Washing</i>

Atul Bhalla, Yudhisthra Washing

Atul Bhalla in Ho~Art

Atul Bhalla’s photography, amongst that of others, is included in Ho~ArT, at State Gallery of Art as part of the Krishnakriti Annual Festival of Art & Culture.

Through January 20, 2017
Ho~ArT
State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad

Review: The New Indian Express “Contemporary Canvases Come Alive” 12 Jan 2017 LINK
Read Article (PDF)

About the Festival: LINK


Installation View of Atul Bhalla's work in <i>Part Narrative</i>

Installation View of Atul Bhalla's work in Part Narrative

sepiaEYE Artists in Part Narrative

sepiaEYE artists Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Atul Bhalla, and Nandita Raman are amongst a dozen artists in a wonderful multi-disciplinary show curated by Gayatri Sinha. Part Narratives will be on view through January 21, 2017 at Bikaner House, New Delhi.

7 – 21 January 2017
Part Narratives
Curated by Gayatri Sinha
Bikaner House, New Delhi


2016

Atul Bhalla, <i>Adrift (On Dvaipayana)</i>, installation view. 2014.

Atul Bhalla, Adrift (On Dvaipayana), installation view. 2014.

Atul Bhalla at the Harvard Art Museums

Atul Bhalla’s audio visual work, Adrift (On Dvaipayana) will be on view at the Harvard Art Museums from March 31 through Thursday, April 14.


Atul Bhalla, <i>Ek Rupaya Bada Gilass (One Rupee for a Big Glass)</i>, Detail of #4 from a 30 piece installation, 2009

Atul Bhalla, Ek Rupaya Bada Gilass (One Rupee for a Big Glass), Detail of #4 from a 30 piece installation, 2009

Atul Bhalla in Fotofest 2016 Biennial

Atul Bhalla has been invited to participate in Fotofest 2016: CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet. The 16th edition of this International Biennial of Photography and Mixed Media will explore humanity’s relationship with the changing planet. Water has always been at the heart of Atul Bhalla’s work: the use of it in rituals, the disconnect of natural waterways from city life, and issues of access to drinking water.

March 12 – April 24, 2016
Fotofest 2016: CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet
Houston, TX


2015

Atul Bhalla, from the series, <i>WHAT WILL BE MY DEFEAT?</i>, photo performance with photographs by Helge Mundt

Atul Bhalla, from the series, WHAT WILL BE MY DEFEAT?, photo performance with photographs by Helge Mundt

Atul Bhalla in One and one make eleven

Works by Atul Bhalla alongside works by Prerna Bishnoi, Cop Shiva, Archana Hande, Reena Kallat, Nandita Kumar, Prajakta Potnis, Sumakshi Singh, and Surekha will be on display in this exhibition focusing on “exchange and collaboration between the artists, their subjects, and the public.”

Bhalla will be participating in a discussion panel with Indian and Swiss artists on Thursday, 30 April, 6:30 pm.

23 April – 2 June 2015
One and one make eleven: Contemporary Art From India
Kunsthaus Langenthal
Langenthal, Switzerland


2014

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, from the series <i>Spatial Memories: Freshly-Cut Houses</i>

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, from the series Spatial Memories: Freshly-Cut Houses

Bhalla and Matthew in Sharjah Art Museum's The Other and Me

Atul Bhalla’s Submerged Again and Yamuna Walk and Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s ongoing series, Spatial Memories: Freshly-Cut Houses will be on view as part of the Sharjah Art Museum’s photography exhibit, “The Other and Me.”

21 May – 21 June 2014
The Other and Me
Sharjah Art Museum


Atul Bhalla, <i>Yamuna Evening-III</i>, 2008

Atul Bhalla, Yamuna Evening-III, 2008

Atul Bhalla in Floating World

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Chemould Prescott Road gallery held a series of five exhibitions curated by brilliant Geeta Kapur. The fifth and final show titled, Aesthetic Bind | Floating World featured Atul Bhalla’s Yamuna Evening-III. The blog, Mumbai Boss, posted a lively review of the exhibition.

19 March – 17 April 2014
Aesthetic Bind | Floating World
Chemould Prescott Road

20 March 2014
Six Works To See At The Fifth And Final 50th Anniversary Show At Chemould
Mumbai Boss


Atul Bhalla, <i>Yamuna Walk</i>, (sepiaEYE/UWPress, 2012)

Atul Bhalla, Yamuna Walk, (sepiaEYE/UWPress, 2012)

Atul Bhalla's Yamuna Walk in “Walk On”

Atul Bhalla’s Yamuna Walk will be featured in a group exhibition, Walk On. Bhalla’s Yamuna Walk series will be exhibited alongside works by artists Marina Abramovic, Julian Opie, Bruce Nauman, Sophie Calle, and others who have explored and created works revolving around the artist on a journey.

8 February – 30 March 2014
Walk On
mac Birmingham
Birmingham

March 26 – May 6, 2013
Walk On
Pitshanger Manor Museum
London


Atul Bhalla, <i>Yamuna Morning, III</i> 2007

Atul Bhalla, Yamuna Morning, III 2007

Atul Bhalla in Fresh Water

Works from Bhalla’s “Yamuna Walk” are featured in the massive multi-disciplinary exhibition which “defines the soul of Galicia.” Fresh Water / Agua Doce is currently on view at the Gaia Center Museum in Santiago de Compestela, Spain.

21 March – 14 September 2014
Fresh Water
GAIA CENTRE MUSEUM
Santiago de Compostela, Spain


2013

Atul Bhalla <i>Yamuna Morning,</i> 2007

Atul Bhalla Yamuna Morning, 2007

Atul Bhalla’s What will be my defeat?

Atul Bhalla’s book, “What will be my defeat?” grew out of Project Y: a public art and outreach project initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Hamburg. Centred on the idea of creating ecological and sustainable rivers in cities, the project was held almost simultaneously in the cities of Delhi and Hamburg between October and November 2011.

Bhalla created a series of works around cross cultural ideas of ecology as basic elements of our identity, through a series of photographs, and text adapted from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, in the form of questions. These images were shown on the project boat in Hamburg. Published and edited by Nina Kalenbach, Till Krause, and Ravi Agarwal (Free River Zone, Hamburg, 2012.) Atul’s enquiries are now posed to a wider audience.

Book Launch:
12 November 2013, 7 pm
Lawns, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
Delhi, India


Atul Bhalla <i>Piaus-II,</i> 2008

Atul Bhalla Piaus-II, 2008

Atul Bhalla and Vivan Sundaram in Europalia India Art Walk: Water

The art walk in Liège brings together photography, video and installations made in this decade, supplemented by new works. The artists draw inspiration from India’s mythology and rich symbolism to create very poetic works. These often refer to the
populations living alongside rivers and the way they deal with water scarcity and pollution.

Curated by Gayatri Sinha, the exhibition will feature works by Atul Bhalla and Vivan Sundaram amongst others. The artists explore the theme in the European context of a city on a river. The walk takes place in and around the Grand Curtius, the starting point, on the banks of the Meuse River.

12 October 2013 – 05 January 2014
Art Walk: Water
Europalia India
Liège


2012

Atul Bhalla, <i> I Was Not Waving I was Drowning</i>, at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Far Right of Image). Installation View Photograph by Elad Sarig.

Atul Bhalla, I Was Not Waving I was Drowning, at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Far Right of Image). Installation View Photograph by Elad Sarig.

Atul Bhalla in Critical Mass

“Critical Mass” at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is the first major show that will expose the Israeli public to the thriving contemporary Indian art scene. An exhibition of Indian art in Israel holds special interest in a local context, due to the range of affinities between the two countries and to the growing interest of Israelis in India and its culture. Both cultures share a preoccupation with conflicted identity and multifaceted social and political realities which provide a significant catalyst for artistic production. Bhalla’s photographic diptych, I was Not Waving I was Drowning, was included in this exciting exhibition curated by Tami Katz-Freiman and Rotem Ruff.

May 31 – December 16, 2012
Critical Mass
Tel Aviv Museum of Art



Atul Bhalla's Yamuna Walk

sepiaEYE in conjunction with University of Washington Press is proud to announce the release of photographer and multimedia artist, Atul Bhalla’s first monograph, Yamuna Walk. The publication is an important addition to sepiaEYE’s growing series of books on contemporary Asian photography.

In Yamuna Walk the artist documents a five-day trek along the sacred Yamuna River as it passes through his home city of New Dehli. Climbing over fences, crossing concert overpasses, navigating between blooming marigold fields and piles of waste, and flowing wandering through the landscape like the river itself, Bhalla’s journey shows the diverse marks of human development that can be read in the image of the river.

Visit www.khojworkshop.org for information on Bhalla’s New Delhi book launch on January 27th.


2011

Atul Bhalla, <i>Piau at Fatehpuri II</i> (detail), 2008

Atul Bhalla, Piau at Fatehpuri II (detail), 2008

Atul Bhalla Water Works Solo Exhibition

“Water Works,” is a solo exhibition of Bhalla’s photographs, video, and watercolors from 2003 through 2010. The exhibition also featured “Immersions,” a large scale sculpture installation from 2005.

August 30 – October 15, 2011
Water Works
The Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College
Easton, PA


Vivan Sundaram, <i>Lovers, from the series Re-Take of Amrita,</i> 2001

Vivan Sundaram, Lovers, from the series Re-Take of Amrita, 2001

Atul Bhalla and Vivan Sundaram in Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia

“Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia,” features Bhalla’s photographic documentations of his performances, like “Submerged Again” from 2005 and a selection of works from Sundaram’s “Re-Take of Amrita.”

August 13 – November 6, 2011
Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia
National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia


Vivan Sundaram, <i>Barricade (with two drains) from the Trash  series</i>, 2008 39.5 x 86.5"

Vivan Sundaram, Barricade (with two drains) from the Trash series, 2008 39.5 x 86.5"

PARIS – DELHI – BOMBAY. . . Opening at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

We are happy to announce the inclusion of works by sepia EYE artists Sunil Gupta, Vivan Sundaram and Atul Bhalla in a major exhibition that explores Indian society through the eyes of leading Indian and French artists opening at the Centre Pompidou on May 25 – September 19, 2011.

Press Release
Atul Bhalla, <i>I Was Not Waving But Drowning II</i> (detail), 2005

Atul Bhalla, I Was Not Waving But Drowning II (detail), 2005

Atul Bhalla’s I Was Not Waving but Drowning at Harvard Art Museum

Atul Bhalla’s sequence of 14 photographs capturing his “act of submergence in the Yamuna River,” was acquired by the museum’s Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art in 2008. It is currently on view to the beginning of April, with two artist events in March.

December 3, 2010–April 2, 2011
I Was Not Waving but Drowning
Harvard Art Museums

Related Article: “New Delhi artist Atul Bhalla takes Yamuna Pollution to the world’s art galleries,” Vrindavan Today


2010

Atul Bhalla, <i>Immersions</i> (Detail), 2005 Photo credit: Manuel Schmettau.

Atul Bhalla, Immersions (Detail), 2005 Photo credit: Manuel Schmettau.

Atul Bhalla in Water

Atul Bhalla’s “Piaus II” and installation, “Immersions,” will be included in this monumental group exhibition at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Vija Celmins, Honoré Daumier, Paul Gauguin, Hiroshige, Edward Steichen, Lynn Davis, Hans Haacke, Geoffrey Hendricks, Maya Lin, Wangechi Mutu, and Bill Viola are among the many artists represented.

September 1, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum


Atul Bhalla, <i>Listener From Western Heavens</i>

Atul Bhalla, Listener From Western Heavens

Atul Bhalla in Place-Time-Play

The artist will participate in the upcoming exhibition, Place-Time-Play: contemporary art from the West Heavens to the Middle Kingdom opening in Shanghai, October 20th in conjunction with the Shanghai Biennale. Curated by noted scholars, Chaitanya Sambrani, Chang Tsong-zung, and Gao Shiming, this project combines a visual art agenda with a series of intellectual forums. Fifteen artists from both China and India will travel and work in both countries within a framework of research and practice.

The project is also a curatorial experiment. Apart from the practice of exchange residency, the curators expressly urge Indian artists to create work that engages with China as a subject of the imagination, targeted at the Chinese audience, without the intention of ultimately submitting to the scrutiny of Western platforms.