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Vivan Sundaram

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2017

Vivan Sundaram, Terraoptics 650 (Installation View). Photography Gireesh G.V.

Vivan Sundaram, Terraoptics 650 (Installation View). Photography Gireesh G.V.

A Conversation with Vivan Sundaram at Columbia University

As part of the South Asia Institute’s 2016-17 Colloquium Series, Vivan Sundaram will present recent installations in a conversation with Andreas Huyssens, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature.

This event is open and free to the public.

Wednesday, May 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
A Conversation with Vivan Sundaram and Andreas Huyssens, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature
2016-17 Colloquium Series
South Asia Institute, Columbia University
Knox Hall, Room 208
606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
New York, NY


Installation View and Performance Setting of Vivan Sundaram's <i>Meanings of Failed Action: Insurrection 1946</i> Credit: Geerish GV

Installation View and Performance Setting of Vivan Sundaram's Meanings of Failed Action: Insurrection 1946 Credit: Geerish GV

Vivan Sundaram: Meanings of Failed Action: Insurrection 1946

Meanings of Failed Action: Insurrection 1946 is a monumental installation intended as a work of public art to explore, dissect, and examine the “failure” of the Royal Indian Navy’s six-day insurrection against the colonial government. Within Sundaram’s ship-like steel and aluminum object is a performance space that plays a sound work by British artist David Chapman. Visitors can read newspaper reports, telegrams from the Empire, and books on the Insurrection from various view points and distances— compiled and conceptualized by Ashish Rajadhyaksha with Valentina Vitalli. This is a continuation of Sundaram’s “history projects” in which he uses historical events (“unresolved histories”) to explore their impact and the alternate futures they could have created.

Vivan Sundaram and Ashish Rajadhyaksha
Meanings of Failed Action: Insurrection 1946 LINK
17-25 March, 2017
Coomarswamy Hall,
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)
Mumbai


Vivan Sundaram, from <i>Terraoptics</i>

Vivan Sundaram, from Terraoptics

Vivan Sundaram's Terraoptics in the News

Vivan Sundaram’s photo installation, Terraoptics reviewed in the January 23rd issues of The Hindu and The New Indian Express. Terraoptics (14 Dec 2016 – 10 Feb 2017) will be on view at Gallery Sutra, Fort Kochi.

Look for Terraoptics at sepiaEYE opening May 9th, 2017.

23 January 2017
“Pot-shards speak history” LINK
Read Article (PDF)

“Capturing Earth’s Incandescence” LINK
Read Article (PDF)


2015

Vivan Sundaram, <i>Elephanta</i>, 1965

Vivan Sundaram, Elephanta, 1965

Vivan Sundaram in DART

The work of Vivan Sundaram was recently highlighted by Peggy Roalf for DART- Design Art Daily, a publication of AI-AP (American Illustration, American Photography). His vintage work from sepiaEYE’s exhibition “I need my memories. They are my documents.” is featured. Read the article here.


Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, installation view of <i>Open Wound</i>

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, installation view of Open Wound

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and Vivan Sundaram in POSTDATE

Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India has traveled to the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kansas from the San Jose Museum of Art.

Join curator Jodi Throckmorton at the Ulrich on November 18th at 5:30pm for a talk examining the complex relationship between traditions of representation in India and contemporary practices of images making.

Matthew has also recently been awarded the 2015-‘17 Silvia Chandley Professorship in Nonviolence and Peace Studies from the University of Rhode Island. Congratulations, Annu!

Matthew’s An Indian from India series as well as her video installation, Open Wound and works from Sundaram’s Re-Take of Amrita and an installation of Indira’s Piano were on view alongside works by Gauri Gill, Jitish Kallat, Pushpamala N., Raqs Media Collective are on view.

Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India
12 September – 13 December 2015
Ulrich Museum of Art
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount Street
Wichita, KS 67260-0046


Vivan Sundaram, <i>Flapper, Gagawaka</i>, 2009-2011

Vivan Sundaram, Flapper, Gagawaka, 2009-2011

Vivan Sundaram in Making Strange

The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents Making Strange, an exhibition of 2 bodies of work by Vivan Sundaram: “Gagawaka” (wearable sculptural garments) and “Postmortem” (assemblages of mannequin parts and wooden props.)

19 April – 6 September 2015
Vivan Sundaram: Making Strange
Fowler Museum
Los Angeles


2014

Vivan Sundaram, <i>Amrita in Orientalist 'Turban'</i>, from the series <i>Re-Take of Amrita</i>, 2001

Vivan Sundaram, Amrita in Orientalist 'Turban', from the series Re-Take of Amrita, 2001

Vivan Sundaram’s Re-Take of Amrita at the Crow and Review

The Crow Collection of Asian Art exhibit of Re-Take of Amrita features 35 photomontages from the series and a rare showing of the dual-track video installation, Indira’s Piano.

The exhibition has been extended through to the 22nd of June, and has been reviewed by Sybile Girault of L’Oeil de la Photographie (The Eye of Photography).

13 June 2014
Vivan Sundaram: Re-take of Amrita
L’Oeil de la Photographie

18 January – 22 June 2014
Vivan Sundaram: Re-take of Amrita
Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201


2013

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


Vivan Sundaram, <i>The Brief Ascension of Marian Hussain</i> (video still), 2005, <br> from the series, <i>Trash</i>

Vivan Sundaram, The Brief Ascension of Marian Hussain (video still), 2005,
from the series, Trash

Vivan Sundaram in The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989

This first major exhibition about Sahmat, an influential artist collective uniquely situates two decades of contemporary Indian art within the political sphere while meditating on art’s capacity as a force for change.

The exhibition will feature Sundaram’s installations from
Memorial.

13 September 2013 – 5 January 2014
The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989
The Ackland Art Museum
North Carolina


Vivan Sundaram installation (detail) at The Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Vivan Sundaram installation (detail) at The Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Vivan Sundaram installation at The Kochi-Muziris Biennale

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art being held in Kochi, Kerala. One of Vivan Sundaram’s site-specific installations is on view.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Kochi, India


2012

Raghubir Singh, <i>Pedestrians, Kemp's Corner, Mumbai, Maharashtra</i>, 1989 © Succession Raghubir Singh

Raghubir Singh, Pedestrians, Kemp's Corner, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 1989 © Succession Raghubir Singh

Raghubir Singh and Vivan Sundaram in Tenth Parallel North

The work of sepia EYE artists’ Raghubir Singh and Vivan Sundaram are included in the exhibition, “Tenth Parallel North: Contemporary Photography from India and South America” at the Fondazione Fotografia in Modena curated by Director, Filippo Maggia.

Exhibition Catalogue


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

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

Vivan Sundaram in Utopia/Dystopia

Images from Vivan Sundaram’s “Re-Take of Amrita,” are featured in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s latest exploration within the history of photography, “Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage.”

March 11 – June 10, 2012
Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


2011

Vivan Sundaram, <i>Gagawaka: Making Strange</i>, 2010

Vivan Sundaram, Gagawaka: Making Strange, 2010

Vivan Sundaram Solo Exhibition: GAGAWAKA: Making Strange

Vivan Sundaram’s latest works— provocative “sculpture garments” and photographs are on view at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in the exhibition, “GAGAWAKA: Making Strange.”

December 21 – 27, 2011
GAGAWAKA: Making Strange
Rabindra Bhavan Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi


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

2010

Pamela Singh, <i>Self Portrait</i>, 1997

Pamela Singh, Self Portrait, 1997

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Artist Sunil Gupta and curator of Where Three Dreams Cross, will be presenting at the 2-day symposium being held at the opening of the exhibition at its new venue, the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. Other lectures include Dayanita Singh, Sabeena Gadihoke, and Aveek Sen.

Symposium: June 12-13, Exhibition: June 12–August 22, 2010

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland


Raghubir Singh, <i>Boy at Bus Stop</i>, New Delhi, 1982, © Succession Raghubir Singh

Raghubir Singh, Boy at Bus Stop, New Delhi, 1982, © Succession Raghubir Singh

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

We are pleased to announce the inclusion of many sepia EYE artists in a monumental, historical survey exhibition opening at the Whitechapel Gallery. Sunil Gupta, curator of the exhibition has selected works by Raghubir Singh, Ketaki Sheth, Pamela Singh and Vivan Sundaram amongst over 400 photographs from major private and public collections.

January 21 – April 11, 2010

Whitechapel Gallery, London
guardian.co.uk