Symposium Common Ground - Location, Time and Memory in Visual Arts Practice

With the planning of the exhibition, Common Ground, as part of the Serendipity Arts Festival (December 15 – December 22, 2018), this symposium is aimed at generating ideas and discussions around the place and changing significance of interplaying and interrelated visual cultures in our present which have led to differing sensibilities about high and low and imitative, innovative and reproductive forms of representation.
There is an overwhelming presence of subcultures and contrasting languages of visual engagement in most liberal arts practices. Given this diversity, we wish to explore how we might envision an alternative future for or a rethinking of art practices and institutional mandates that can reckon with ‘little’ histories and practices that often are elided with technological change and cultural shifts. The focus for these talks will be with an eye to photography in visual arts practices, the moving image as well as literature in the context of pedagogical engagements and projects.
Schedule and speaker
10:30 am – 10:45 am Introduction
10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Session 1
Counting the Contemporary
Moderator - Rahaab Allana
Speakers - Annapurna Garimella, Anusha Yadav, Abhishek Hazra
12:00 pm  – 12:15 pm Artist Presentation by Karan Shrestha
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Tea Break
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Session 2
Moderator - Sabeena Gadihoke
Speakers - Diwas Raja, Kaiwan Mehta, Abhay Sardesai
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 3
Art and the everyday
Moderator – Ram Rahman
Speakers – Sukanya Ghosh, Hanif Kureshi, Girish Shahane
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Session 4
Reframed futures
Moderator - Savia Viegas
Speakers - Naman Ahuja, Riyas Komu, Massoud Hossaini
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Artist Presentation by Mohan Rao
5:30 pm Wrap Up
Sessions will be co-chaired by Rahaab Allana and Annapurna Garimella.