Look Outside this House, curated by Sudarshan Shetty for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2019
Look Outside this House, curated by Sudarshan Shetty for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2019

Serendipity Arts Foundation brings emerging artists to the forefront at the India Art Fair 2020

The foundation is planning to showcase various excerpts from its recently concluded 8-day-long multidisciplinary arts festival in Goa

Following the successful 4th edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival 2019, Serendipity Arts Foundation is back in the New Year as an Institutional participant at the upcoming edition of India Art Fair 2020, from January 30th to February 2nd at NSIC Exhibition Ground, Okhla, New Delhi. The IAF display aims to extend the festival’s core goals of promoting multidisciplinary practice and discourse across the arts and promoting diverse artistic expression from various parts of the sub-continent and the South Asian region. 

At the India Art Fair 2020, the foundation is planning to showcase various excerpts from its recently concluded 8 day-long multi-disciplinary arts Festival in Goa. The artwork showcased at the Fair prominently features emerging artists from the region like Farah Mulla, who participated at the Dharti Arts Residency Programme 2019. Farah is an artist based in Mumbai and Cambridge and her project is called Crosstalk. She was among the four artists selected to participate in Dharti Arts Residency 2019 – an annual artists’ residency facilitated by Serendipity Arts Foundation. Conceptualized as an intensive, studio-based residency for emerging artists, Dharti provides its residents space and resources to develop their practice, work on a new project – which is showcased in an Open Studio at the Foundation Space C340, New Delhi and further at the Serendipity Arts Festival in Panjim, Goa.

Installation image of Crosstalk by Farah Mulla, Dharti Arts Residency

In addition, Israeli multimedia artist Achia Anzi, supported by Serendipity Arts Foundation, will present a LED-based light project composed of lines from poems penned by five thinkers and philosophers across time periods: Judah Abravanel (1464-1530), Henry Louis Vivan Derozio (1809-31), Aime Cesaire (1913-2008), Paul Celan (1920-1970) and Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008). Titled Colonial Times 2019, it will include both text and audio recitations of the original poems in Hebrew, French, German, English and Arabic along with their English translations.

Both of these projects will be hosted at the Outdoor Project Section at IAF 2020. Exploring the logic and experience of colonialism, Achia Anzi is an artist who takes inspiration from books, objects, people, and ideas. Whether through his installations, sculptures or video work, Anzi often attempts to portray not only his own feelings but also the crisis experienced by his home country, Israel. Anzi has participated at India Art Fair 2019, along with other selected shows including Nimrod’s Descendants curated by Gideon Ofrat, Artist House, Jerusalem (2011), Peaceful be your return O lovely bird, from warm lands back to my window, Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi (2012), as well as Jerusalem Biennale (2017) and Yinchuan Biennale (2016) in recent years. Colonial Times was recently presented at Serendipity Arts Festival (2019).

Urban Reimagined 2.0 Achia Anzi, curated by Ravi Agarwal

About the participation, Ms Smriti Rajgarhia, Director, Serendipity Arts Foundation and Festival, said, “We are happy to be back at the India Art Fair this year as an institutional partner, where we will be showcasing a small selection of excerpts from the most recent edition of Serendipity Arts Festival, for visitors here in New Delhi. We are proud to promote diverse creative expressions and experiments from the South Asian region.”

Also showcased at the Fair will be a selection of videos from Sudarshan Shetty’s 2019 curation from Serendipity Arts Festival titled Look Outside This House. Broadly, at the festival, the project was aimed to present indigenous inventions and informal industries that have origins in catering to real-life circumstantial needs with lasting social impact on communities at large.

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