Thread by Thread by Baptist Coelho

Thread by Thread by Baptist Coelho

Art Installation
09.10.2015, 6.30 p.m.
Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad
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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: The title of the exhibition, thread by thread, is taken from an essay by the Russian writer and philosopher Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910). The exhibition attempts to reveal and understand conflict and war through observations and conversations that have been woven into the fabric of the lives of people, whether directly or indirectly affected. Since 1984, India and Pakistan have been zealously guarding their territories on the Siachen Glacier. Beyond the complexities and politics of war, Coelho draws his inspiration from the soldiers posted at 17,000 feet to serve their three-month terms on one of the highest battlefields of the world. Since 2006, Coelho has been researching on the Siachen Glacier and continuing with his research on the project. thread by thread resonates with the progression of time, to the years of conflict that have passed on the Glacier. Baptist’s fabric collages and assemblages, with their many disparate pieces assembled and sewn together, attest to the conceptual and psychological connotations associated with cutting, weaving, stitching, and mending. Textiles speak to us in many ways, but as narratives on life, they encapsulate experience and memory. While Baptist explores the textiles that protect the soldiers, he brings a new perspective to the understanding of what it means to live and fight on the Glacier - Monisha Ahmed, 2015

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Baptist Coelho received his Masters of Arts from Birmingham Institute of Art & Design - BIAD, UK (2006). Solo Exhibitions include, Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation - LAMO, Leh (2015); Pump House Gallery, London (2012); Grand Palais, Bern (2009); Project 88, Mumbai (2009); Visual Arts Gallery, Delhi (2009) and BIAD, UK (2006). He has received various awards and exhibited internationally in museums, galleries and done film screenings. Coelho has participated in various International artist residencies; as well as conducted community workshops, artist talks and panel discussions in Asia, Europe and South Africa. Baptist is the 2015-16 Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. An exhibition arising from the one year residency is scheduled to take place at King’s in the autumn of 2016. The artist lives and works in Bombay, India. www.baptistcoelho.com

ABOUT THE CURATOR: Monisha Ahmed is an independent researcher who has been visiting Ladakh since 1987. Her doctoral thesis from Oxford University developed into the book Living Fabric: Weaving among the Nomads of Ladakh Himalaya (2002), which received the Textile Society of America’s R L Shep award for best book in textile studies. She is the author of several articles on the material culture and textile arts of Ladakh, co-edited with Clare Harris Ladakh: Culture at the Crossroads (2005) and with Janet Rizvi authored Pashmina: The Kashmir Shawl and Beyond (2009). She is the cofounder and Executive Director of LAMO and Associate Editor for Marg Publications, Mumbai.

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