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REVIEW: “Forming in the pupil of an eye,” Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

Guest curated by artist Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), titled “Forming in the pupil of an eye,” is an assembly of artist-created realities. Shetty outlines his curatorial concept with the story of a young traveler who went on a long journey to meet a sage. When he reaches her, “the Read More

INTERVIEW: “If we don’t defend life it becomes without value” — Lotte van den Berg, Malta Festival

It is said that without the spectator there is no theatre. But who is the spectator and what is their role? This is the question presented to those who attended this year’s Malta Festival in the Polish city of Poznań , whose programme aims to disrupt this usual spectator relationship and encourage exploration of the role. Read More

REVIEW: “A ménage à trois between artist, venue, and visitor”: Not Vital At YSP

I’ll preface this review with a confession: I have written about my love for Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) on many occasions. I’ll freely admit it: I’m enamoured with its open, rolling hills punctuated with the world’s best sculptors. And so to YSP’s latest exhibition by the unfathomable Swiss artist, Not Vital, whose work now fills Read More

REVIEW: Critical Writing Ensemble at Dhaka Art Summit 2016

Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka was last month transformed into an experimental space for the discussion of arts criticism, and indeed, its future. Despite the already intense heat, art work was being installed, carpets fitted and staff busily ticked off last minute jobs for the Dhaka Art Summit, the world’s largest research and exhibition platform Read More

FIELD TRIP: The Culture Of Golden Prague

The beautifully preserved city of Prague has a complex history; it has witnessed declarations of independence, Nazi control, oppressive communism and capitalist democracy all within the 20th century. Despite — or perhaps in spite — its complicated and often fraught past, Prague remains one of Europe’s first-rate cities; its culture and architectural beauty has earned Read More

STUDIO VISIT: Manmeet Devgun

Manmeet Devgun is a defiant yet open artist whose work is an in-depth and honest evaluation of her dual role in life as an Artist and Mother.  Delicately examining the impact these roles have both on her personal life and upon each other, Devgun uses humour to almost celebrate her everyday uneasiness whilst virulently defying Read More

Nek Chand’s Rock Garden: Chandigarh, India

Chandigarh, the capital of the Indian Punjab, was seen as a ground-breaking experiment in town planning when it was commissioned following Indian Independence in 1947.  Designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, the city’s orderly grid of boulevards combined with extensive stretches of green were felt to represent a new India which was ready to embrace Read More

FIELD TRIP: ‘The Silicon Valley of India’, Bangalore (Bengaluru)

Perched in the middle of India’s Deep South, the city of Bangalore is probably best known as the country’s aviation and information technology capital, earning it the moniker ‘the Silicon Valley of India’. Having risen to become India’s fifth most populated city, Bangalore has experienced an overwhelming surge in development over the past decade and Read More