Visual Arts Research Grant 19-20



Serendipity Arts Foundation’s grant for Visual Arts Research, aimed to create a sustainable knowledge network to promote inquiry into contemporary art in South Asia. The grant seeked specifically to support research initiatives by individual researchers that would contribute to the discourse around Visual Arts in South Asia in the 21st Century. Through it the Foundation seeked specifically to engage with projects initiated outside of institutional research centres.

In an attempt to engage with a range of ideas under the broader umbrella of contemporary art the subject focus of the award will be altered each year. This year the grant was offered to one researcher focusing specifically on new media art in India, post liberalization. 


Latika Gupta, Ranjit Hoskote and Vishal K Dar

Pinaki R. Mohanty was born in a small village by Lake Chilika – the largest coastal lagoon in India.  Pinaki pursued Post Diploma in Ceramics Design from Kala Bhavan,Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan and  Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture from B.K. College of Art & Crafts, Bhubaneswar.

The blue lagoon has massively influenced Pinaki’s life as well as his art Practice. As a result Lake Chilika emerges several times subjectively and objectively in his art. Sadly, in recent years, the beautiful lake of his childhood has come under siege due to repeated depredations by humanity and is now in the midst of a major conservation crisis. These problems and looking for the solutions through artistic interventions have become Pinaki’s central periphery of research and art practice. In the proposed project Pinaki wants to engage local people from different occupations and writers, musicians, artists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts who have worked closely in Chilika for a long time through interviews.

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