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Max Weber and Judith Rohrmoser

Max Weber was born in Berlin in 1978, Max started writing Graffiti in 1989. Today he is running a multicultural art project called Yaam supporting the underground culture in Berlin.

Judith Rohrmoser was born in Austria in 1983 and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She has been involved with group/solo shows and performances since 2008.

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Surekha is a visual and video artist from Bengaluru who, over the last decade, has been exploring how video as an artistic form negotiates contemporary public and private space. She uses photography and video installations to interrelate the domains of archiving, documenting and performing, by reflecting on how visuality can engage with socially engaged aesthetics. Her recent video-installations from the last three years, like “Communing with the Urban Heroines”, “Unclaimed– urban f(r)ictions” and “Lake Tales” and “ Just follow the sound of the river” vigorously deal with these issues. The broader context of her work investigates the theme

of surveillance and its relation to boundaries—both real and metaphoric. In her work, she also explores the wider cultural, political and subjective connotations of surveillance, in the context of art and its historicity. In her words “any kind of governance is the one that watches while the subjects are being watched.”Altogether, this amounts to a specific artistic modality and art activism that she is deeply involved with, in Bengaluru.

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Murali Cheeroth

Murali Cheeroth received BFA and MFA in painting from Shanthi Nikathanam. He has exhibited in various significant shows across the globe in the last 2 decades of his art practice. His visual language refers deeply to a variety of sources in the cultural sphere and contains within it a conversation of history of representation in visual media – including literature, fine art, cinema and architecture. His current practice envelopes painting, performance and video art, exploring themes of urbanism and intersections of the global and the local. He lives and works in Bangalore, India.

He is represented by Ashna Gallery.

Murali uses his experience in theatre and focuses on his own body. He holds in his palms the yolk of an egg, symbolic of life and fertility. The egg yolk is juggled between his palms to suggest birth and the becoming of life.

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Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley

Janet and Jennifer have been working both individually and collaboratively since the early 1980’s. Their practice embraces a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, film /video, neon and painting. Throughout Burchill and McCamley’s combined career, they have critically engaged with the history and forms of modernist art and their relationship to everyday life, as reconsidered through feminist, psychoanalytic, filmic and spatial discourses. Collaboration has also been an important aspect of their practice. A major survey of Burchill and McCamley’s work TIP OF THE ICEBERG Selected Works 1985–2001 was held at the University Art Museum, University of Queensland and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne in 2001.
The recent work Janet an Jennifer at 1.shanthiroad studio residency supported by Asia Link is called “Imitation of life”.
The show features a saree that has been designed with a camouflage print and another piece a traditional male underwear -langoti embellished with multinational symbols. They are emblematic and refer to the violence of our times. Centered around the uprising of the naxelite movement that unprecedented change in forest land acquisitions in the name of development that have systematically erased indigenous people from the land and cultural geography.

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Christoph Schlingensief

Christoph Schlingensief was a talented, energetic maverick, often working on several projects at the same time: films, theater, opera, blogs, interviews, prose, art actions, videos. By the end of his life he was considered one of the most influential figures in the German theater and something of a national treasure. the screenings will take you through some of his landmark productions:

Starting with Für Elise (1982) 2 mins of Schlingensief’s first 16mm work is followed by the documentary Christoph Schlingensief and His Films for those who are completely unfamiliar with his work. ”My Wife in Five“, a short film of 3 music video clips are strange poetic shots about a woman. ‘Egomania‘ featuring Tilda Swinton and Udo Kier is a definite end-of-the-world scenario. Next “The German Chainsaw Massacre” is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of East Germans. Closing with a film that questions “What is normal? And who is retarded here anyway?” – Freakstars 3000 is the German parody of the American Idol

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Christian Eisenberger

‘The un-fulfillment of coincidence changes the world from scratch’

Christian Eisenberger’s provocative works have taken the Austrian art scene by storm. The artist, born in Graz, Austria in 1978, lives and works in Vienna. Widely known as an “enfant terrible”, Eisenberger enjoys the freedom of breaking with rules and covenants of the established art world. City streets, forests and meadows are used as places of inspiration and creation. His playful approach to the creative act throws convention overboard to make room for his own ideas. With Viennese roguery and often a fair amount of crudity Eisenberger, takes the world to task. His confrontational and sometimes cruel art is directed against the absurdity of both history and daily life. This dilettante whiz kid reacts directly to events and with his prolific production. He is the proto-type 24 hour artist.

Christian studied painting at the Ortweinschule Graz and Transmedial Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, under the tuition of Brigitte Kowanz. In 2006 he was awarded Awarded the Special Prize of the Province of Steiermark for Contemporary Art. He received his degree in Fine Arts in 2008. Eisenberger lives and works in Vienna.

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Martha Rosler

An artist who works primarily with images and texts. Most of her work concerns social issues, which are manifested at sites as various as the kitchen, the television set, the streets and the transport systems. Martha’s method is to let different worlds meet to unsettle people’s usual way of differentiating between us and them, here at home and over there.To create links between what appear to be entirely different worlds, entirely different spheres. That is the principle of the collage – two things torn from their contexts are combined and form a third – new meanings arise and the parts can never return to what they were. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Sujan Chitrakar

Sujan Chitrakar is a Kathmandu based visual artist and art educator who received his
fine ART education from Nepal and India. With numerous national and international art
workshops and regular exhibitions to his credit, he practices Art extensively in public
and private spaces – both individually and collectively.

Currently he is academic programme coordinator/assistant professor at Centre for Art
and Design, School of Arts, at Kathmandu University.

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Tayeba Lipi

‘I Wed Myself’ is a two-channel video projection enacting a dual gender existence in one being. The role of a bride and groom are played simultaneously by one. While gender suggests one is either a boy or a girl, the artist prefers to perceive a newborn as a child. The work is a realization that, despite the artist’s gender as a woman, there also lie within her, innate masculine characteristics.

Tayeba Lipi, born in Gaibandha, Bangladesh studied drawing and painting at the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka until 1993. She is one of the Founder- Trustees of Britto Arts Trust, where she played a major role as coordinator since its inception in 2002 until 2007. Her curations include several international large-scale projects, as well as recently being the commissioner for Parables: Bangladesh Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2011

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Pradeep Thalawatta

“Disappearing and Reappearing Landscape” Recurrent travel between Colombo and Jaffna in the recent past left the artist imagining what the landscape might have been before. An image of the selected landscape is redrawn with a soldering iron, leaving burn marks on the paper. ‘Is anything missing in this landscape?’ ‘Could it be replaced?’ It’s a rebuilding process with changes.

Pradeep Thalawatta had his first art education at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts and completed his undergraduate studies at the Beacon House National University, Lahore, Pakistan where he received a BFA degree in 2007. In addition, he underwent training in jewelry, fashion design, textile design, interior and graphic design at the National Design Centre, Sri Lanka. His interest is in the contemporariness of material, texture, color, the exotic allure of the urban waste. He has showcased his work locally and in India, Maldives, Sweden since 2003. He lives and works in Sri Lanka.

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