Teaching Fellow 2016-2017
Artist and educator Vandana Kothari is Assistant Professor of art at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Trained at Santiniketan, Vandana’s work is multi-disciplinary and draws inspiration from the multi-cultural experiences of her early years spent in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bengal and her current residence in Delhi. Her biggest source of inspiration are the people who populate her urban landscape, who make choices daily that allow them to be free and confident in their self expression. Much of her work is located on the human form, whose details she learnt by sketching cadavers at the Jaipur Medical College.
Vandana has taught previously at IIT, exhibited her work in India and internationally and has been awarded the UGS-NET Junior Research Fellowship (2002).
Community Arts 2016-2017
Udbhav: Mural paintings in village Chandidih, Jharkhand
Avinash Karn belongs to the community of Madhubani artists from Bihar. With the passion to become an artist he studied sculpture at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Benaras Hindu University. His practice combines the traditional techniques of Madhubani with contemporary language he learnt at university. In 2014, he was awarded with a scholarship from Ministry of Culture, India in the field of Madhubani painting.
He is passionate about teaching others the Madhubani style of painting. Towards this aim Avinash, along with five others, formed a Mithila artists collective ‘KACHNI-BHARNI’.
In 2014 Avinash spent a week in Chandidih conducting workshops for the local community of men, women and children. He has since wanted to return. During Udbhav, the project supported by Artreach India, Avinash will paint eight public murals in the Madhubani style with the local community.
To read about the project please visit http://udbhavproject.blogspot.in/
Khel Mel Facilitator 2015-2016
Sunandita (Ita) Mehrotra is Artreach's grantee for the 2015-16 Khel Mel Workshops. She is a visual artist and arts researcher based out of New Delhi. She has completed her bachelors in philosophy and masters in visual art and is currently an MPhil student at the School of Arts and Aesthetic, JNU. Sunandita works with visual storytelling through comics and multi media forms. Her comic 'The Poet Irom' was published in the anthology 'Drawing the Line' by Zubaan Books, 2014 and 'Metromorphosis' is to be published by Yoda Press and Captain Bijli Comics later this year. She has worked through collaborations on various community art projects and is a grant holder of the art and ecology Negotiating Routes grant from KHOJ, 2013 and the Young Connector of the Future fellowship from Swedish Institute, 2015. Her work explores particular socio-political questions, through image, text and collaborative exchanges.
Anni K Sharan
Teaching Fellow 2015-2016
Anni K Sharan is a visual artist and researcher based in Delhi. She studied BFA & MFA (Painting) from College of Art and B.A (Hons) Political Science from Miranda House, Delhi University. A recipient of Spic Macay Scholarship (2008), National Artist Scholarship (2013) by Lalit Kala Akademi, Junior Research Fellowship from Ministry of Culture (2011) and University Grants Commission (2014) respectively, her art practice is shaped by a research orientation.
Her works have been part of exhibitions at the British Council (Delhi), Short Film Festival (Kolkata) and the United Nations Exhibition Program (Atlanta, USA). She has designed the Indo-German friendship Mascot for the German Embassy in Delhi and has been a part of collaborative and community projects, including ABOUTTURN (at Alliance Francaise, Gurgaon) that deals with gender perspectives and KHOVAR & SOHRAI murals of Hazaribagh (Jharkhand).
Recently, she has been invited to present her paper at the National Queer Conference organized by SAPPHO and Jadavpur University (Kolkata). As a visiting faculty at the College of Art, Delhi, she lectures in Art History and Criticism to postgraduate students.
Revue (Sreejata Roy & Mrityunjay Chatterjee)
Community Arts 2015-16 and 2016-17
Urdu Park Axial Margins at Jama Masjid
Sreejata is a visual artist and community art practitioner who has worked in low income neighbourhoods in Delhi for many years. She completed her MPhil studies in media art at the Coventry School of Art and Design, UK (2001-05).