Residency Projekt © Goethe-Institut Kolkata

Fri, 22.09.2017 -
Wed, 08.11.2017

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

Park Mansions, Gate 4
57A, Park Street
700 016 Kolkata

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata with Alliance Française du Bengale, CIMA and Visva Bharati, Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan initiate an artists’ residency in Kolkata.

In the framework of the Franco-German Elysée Fonds, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata ( with the Alliance Française du Bengale (, the Kolkata based gallery CIMA ( and Visva Bharati, Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan are organizing the interdisciplinary Indo - European Residency Project Kolkata. The residency takes place in Kolkata and in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India and lasts seven weeks, six weeks in Kolkata and one week in Santiniketan.
For the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata, three artists practicing different art forms (one from Germany, France and India) will work and explore the city together for six weeks in Kolkata and one week in Santiniketan. During their stay, the artists will meet for a productive exchange with a variety of people from all walks of life in West Bengal.
The aim of this residency is not necessarily the creation of an individual or collective work of art during the stay in India, but the focus is on the enrichment of personal, artistic experiences in contact with Indian artists and the exchange with the fellow-residents about how a new culture space is discovered. Furthermore, it is desirable to think about a creation, which might arise during the residency or after.

Participating Resident Artists from Germany, France and India

Ida Roscher (Hamburg, Germany)

Ida Roscher will work towards developing strategies for examining social relations in an intercultural environment. She can imagine to work with the situation of living with the other residents by documenting relations of different cultures, e.g. between image and practice, or between producing and using art as well as the moments of conflict between “arts”, “politics”, and “the everyday”. She would also like to capture the process of social relations in terms of the idea of working and living together. 
She has studied art and criminological social research. She is interested in societal forms and norms and the questions of common actions/operations in times of individualism. Using different formats (sculpture but also performance and installation), her examination of chancing societal structures tries to fathom their interdependency and where and how they get noticeable. She also works in the collaboration model COPS (Corporation Of People’s Situations) & ES.
Furthermore she has gained experience in making interventions in urban spaces during international art projects and summer schools.

Laurent Reyes (Lyon, France)

After working at the news magazine Marianne as journalist, then editor-in-chief and administrator of the website in 2006, he became an international volunteer at the French Embassy in India from 2008 to 2010, in charge of academic cooperation in West Bengal and the Northeastern States. At the same time, he pursued the activities of a journalist and a photographer for different entities, including aujourd’hui l’Inde and

After the time at the International Relations Department of the University of La Réunion in 2011, he returned to Lyon to devote himself entirely as a freelance writer, photographer and filmmaker. He directed his first feature documentary in 2014: Tranquille sous le pont /Quiet under the Bridge. It is a self-produced film of 61 minutes, a social chronicle of three young Albanians seeking asylum in Lyon.

Harendra Kumar Kushwaha (Kolkata, India)

With full respect in the conventional modes of painting, he initially started working with various mediums like acrylic, oil, pastel, mixed media and watercolours. While these set of mediums presented their own lure and pictorial possibilities what ultimately stuck to him is the notion of "making" rather than a finished object. This reliance on the idea of "process", the unfinished and the "continuous" led him to explore the elastic possibilities of various materials, like fabric (especially denims), paper strips etc. among a host of others. These trysts with the material led him to explore various skill set and processes like weaving and stitching often fabricating them over pre-existing found objects replicating it in its dimensional modalities and facets.
These activities ultimately stretched the torsion flexibility of these materials leading to the formation of various structural composites.

Events around the Residency

22 September 2017, 6:30 pm
Alliance Française du Bengale
Park Mansions
57A Park Street
Kolkata 700016

Meet the Artists
Presentation of the three resident artists from Germany, France and India about their respective objectives and their work. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

Open to All

6 November 2017, 6:30 pm

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata
Alliance Francaise du Bengale
57A Park Street
Park Mansions (roof top)
Entrance to the roof top via GATE 3
Kolkata 700016

The Final Presentation

You are cordially invited to the final presentation by three resident artists from Germany, France and India. The participating artists will share their experiences of the residency programme and present their respective ideas which each of them has developed, inspired and stimulated by their encounters and observations during their seven week’s stay in Kolkata and Santiniketan.

Participating Resident Artists from Germany, France and India

Ida Roscher (Hamburg, Germany)
Laurent Reyes (Lyon, France)
Harendra Kumar Kushwaha (Kolkata, India)

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