THE CHARPAI PROJECT AT INDIA DESIGN
12 – 15 February 2019
India Design & Home Décor Week, NSIC, Okhla,
Curator: Ayush Kasliwal
Presented in association with the Park Hotel
Serendipity Arts Foundation brought the Charpai Project to India Design & Home Décor Week 2019, Delhi, from 12th – 15th February 2019, at NSIC Okhla, New Delhi, in association with the Park Hotel. The Charpai Project is an approach by the Foundation to ensure the revival of dying art-forms of our country. The Foundation aims to ‘create spaces, make connections, foster communities in a manner that does not exist in current environments’ and create new sustainable environment for the arts to effect change for progress and address how it’s conceived and perceived/change perceptions. The special project was curated and conceptualized by curator Ayush Kasliwal for Serendipity Arts Festival 2018, Goa. The Park Hotel set up their cafe and shop called ‘The Box’ within the Charpai Structure, serving as a ‘Quick Service Restaurant’ concept as well as an ergonomic seating area.
The project was curated by Ayush Kasliwal, a furniture design graduate from National Institute of Design – Ahmedabad, the premier design institute in India.
The Charpai structure at India Design
“For the first time two historically conflicting countries have joined together. My East is Your West is an example of established artists being challenged to create new work that has historical perspective – but with a new outlook” Forbes, 19th June 2015
“Perhaps the most newsworthy collateral event at this year’s Biennale, My East Is Your West could be described as ‘the India and Pakistan pavilion’ — although neither country has given it their official backing. But private patrons, including Feroze Gujral who runs the Gujral Foundation with her architect husband Mohit, can go where diplomacy fears to tread.” Christies, 5th May 2015
“The decision to unite for an exhibition at the Venice Biennale though ranks as perhaps the most high profile initiative yet. The catalyst for the pavilion is the businesswoman & philanthropist Feroze Gujral” Financial Times, 1st May 2015
“Gupta’s poignant and minimalist aesthetic contrasted with the grandeur and spectacular presentation of Rana’s works.” The Sunday Guardian, 14th June 2015
“Both have made works which poignantly connect and simultaneously reveal the litany of possibilities which border their territory.” The Indian Express, 15th May 2015
“A unique Indo- Pakistan collaboration has become the highlight of the art world’s Olympics.” The Times of India, 24th May 2015
“That effort turned into one of the most anticipated presentations at the Biennale, an official collateral event featuring the work of Shilpa Gupta from India & Rashid Rana from Pakistan” Blouin Art Info, 7th May 2015
Biography of artists
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The Gujral Foundation was founded in 2008 by Mohit and Feroze Gujral, son and daughter-‐in-‐law of renowned Indian Modernist artist, Satish Gujral. The foundation is a non-‐profit trust dedicated to supporting contemporary cultural engagements within the realms of art, design and culture in the Indian subcontinent. Feroze Gujral, philanthropist and entrepreneur, also founded Outset India in 2011, a philanthropic organisation which provides a platform for contemporary art in India, and for Indian artists abroad. Feroze Gujral is on the advisory board of the Kochi Murziris Biennale and on the board of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). Mohit Gujral is a leading Indian architect and is part of the core management and is on the executive board of India’s largest real estate development company. Amongst other projects, The Gujral Foundation has arranged the loan of ‘Aspinwall’, the primary location of the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012 and 2014 and has supported the 55th Venice Biennale, South Asian artists at the 8th Berlin Biennale and the Guggenheim Museum, New York exhibition, V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life (2014). For the past three years The Gujral Foundation has fostered a range of projects steadily expanding its reach with the world of contemporary art and is committed to building infrastructures that sustain cultural freedom, social engagement and the artistic imagination.www.gujralfoundation.org