digging deep, crossing far - first encounter: Bangalore

Curated by Elke Falat & Julia Tieke

04.12.2015, 10.00 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. at the Bhavan
5 & 6.12.2015, 10.00 a.m. - 8.30 p.m. at the Bangalore Literature Festival
Free entry. For BLF free registration is required.
digging deep, crossing far - first encounter: Bangalore, © Elke Falat
digging deep, crossing far - first encounter: Bangalore, © Elke Falat
Ghosts from the Great World Wars surface regularly in various avatars... Inspired by research into World War I archives in Germany, spurred on by the centenary of the end of this War and the role that Indian soldiers played in it, and motivated by the fact that this would be a focus at the 4th Bangalore Literature Festival, German curators Elke Falat and Julia Tieke embarked on an artistic project to explore fresh perspectives on selected aspects of World War I, starting from a reflection on the POW camps for “colonial soldiers” near Berlin. Three artists from Berlin and Bangalore were invited to participate. The result digging deep, crossing far - first encounter: Bangalore will be inaugurated at the Bhavan and then move to form part of the German contribution to this years' Bangalore Literature Festival, where Julia and Elke will sit on a Panel on World War I, with among others, German writer Steffen Kopetzky.

The Exhibition
In her work Boots/Pyramid from 1991, Ayisha Abraham explores her grandfather’s role in the British Army during World War I in Mesopotamia.

Gilles Aubry focuses on epistemological aspects of the recordings of Indian prisoners from WWI that are archived in Berlin in his installation From A to OM

Sarnath Banerjee concentrates on exemplary scenes from the War involving Indian sepoys in his black-and-white drawings - the reduced history of the first world war.

Surekha's installation Black Pepper and Red Pepper is an intervention into the mediatic
representation of the role of Indian soldiers, extracted from the official military archive in Bangalore and the web.

The Artists

Ayisha Abraham
(1963, lives in Bangalore) is a short film maker and installation artist. She has studied painting in India and the United States. Her work has been shown at numerous international exhibitions and festivals. Ayisha Abraham is a member of the Bangalore Artists Collective BAR1, and works at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore.

Gilles AubryGilles Aubry (1973) is a Swiss sound artist and researcher living in Berlin. His practice is based on an auditory approach of the real, informed by researches on cultural, material and historical aspects of sound production. Frequently combining audio sources such as location recordings, interviews, music recordings and archives, Aubry creates installations and performances. His works typically explore the relational and reflexive qualities of sound and listening while questioning problematic aspects of cultural representations. He has toured and exhibited internationally and is a member of the Errant Bodies space in Berlin.

Gilles Aubry will give an Artist Talk on From A to OM after the documentary screening of The Halfmoon Files by Philip Scheffner on 5.12.2015, ... p.m. at the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.

SurekhaSurekha (1965) lives in Bangalore, works with video, installation and performances and deals with diverse topics including Indian identity, gender, ecological issues and military history. She has been exploring how artistic practice can engage with  public and private spaces. Surekha often uses photography and video to interrelate the domains of archiving, documenting and performing, by reflecting on how visuality can engage with society. Her works are present both in Indian and international shows.

Sarnath BanerjeeSarnath Banerjee (1972) lives in Delhi and Berlin, has published the graphic novels Corridor, Barn Owl's wondrous Capers and Harappa files. His current book All quiet in Vikaspuri, about the water wars of Delhi is about to be released by Harper Collins.

The Curators
Elke FalatElke Falat is a freelance curator, based in Berlin. She has studied cultural studies at the University of Hildesheim where she taught visual art / curatorial practice from 2006 until 2009. From 2007-2009, she was the director of the Kunstverein Hildesheim. In 2009, she participated in the International Curator Course of Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, and in 2012, she was invited by Goethe-Institut to a three-months curator residency in Bangalore where she did research on urban green.

From 2010-2014 Elke was the co-director of LoBe London/Berlin project space, and is a board member of  nGbK (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin). In 2015, she was awarded a curatorial stipend of the Goethe-Institut for research in Russia and the Ukraine.
Julia TiekeJulia Tieke works with "text, sound & around“ and is based in Berlin. She has studied cultural studies at the University of Hildesheim where she taught radio drama and feature from 2002-2006.
Since 2007, she is the project director of Wurfsendung, an ultra short radio art format on public radio Deutschlandradio Kultur.
Since 2009, her works intensively deal with cultural and political aspects of the Middle East. Her latest works comprise a radio documentary about the German jihad program in WWI (2014), a published chat between her and the Syrian activist Faiz on his way to Germany as a refugee, and a radio adaptation of Abbas Khider's next novel (2015). She cooperated with Berit Schuck in their audio projects „Alexandria Streets Project“ (2012), „Speaking of Beirut and the City is Missing“ (Beirut Art Center, 2013), and „Trading Urban Stories“ (Marrakech Biennale, 2014).

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