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09/11/2021

Can’t believe it’s been 20 years. Remembering 9/11. #september11 #newyorkcity

Could not have imagined a better closing for Given Time : The Gifts and Its Offerings which concluded @AiconContemporary...
08/15/2021

Could not have imagined a better closing for Given Time : The Gifts and Its Offerings which concluded @AiconContemporary than with our final visitor, Gayatri Spivak. It was heartwarming to have a response to the show and to the works, as we stood 6 feet apart observing social distancing under Mithu Sen's poignant suite of Happy Prick Paintings.

I would like to thank Projjal Dutta for this invitation to curate the exhibition in spite the challenging time we are experiencing, the hardworking team at Aicon Contemporary for realising the show and very finally grateful to the artists for their participation: Anita Dube, Justin Ponmany, Mithu Sen, N. Pushpamala, Nikhil Chopra, Prajakta Potnis, Raqs Media Collective, Shaurya Kumar, Sheba Chhachhi, Sumakshi Singh.
@projjaldutta @gayatrigayatri1957 @raqsmediacollective @sumakshisingh @pushpamalan @mithusen26seriouslyofficial @nikhil.chopra.artist @prajaktapotnis @sumakshisingh @ramrahman2016 @aiconcontemporary

08/13/2021

Sheba Chhachhi
Edible Birds I (Garudasana Balakot Earthquake), 2007
Moving image lightbox (digital print on dura trans, wooden box, glass).
On view at Given Time: The Gift and Offerings on view at Aicon Contemporary until August 14th, curated by Dr Arshiya Lokhandwala

Four yogic postures, Kukkutasan, Kakasan, Garudasan, and Pinchmayurasana, are invited by the artist as protagonists in her work. They perform this continuing enquiry into forms of reciprocity between the human and the non-human. The scene sits against a backdrop of recent ecological disasters in Asia. After having developed from meticulous observation of flora and fauna, the practice of Hatha Yoga asanas can be understood as an internalizing of the somatic apparatus of other life forms. The practitioner becomes heron, tree, cow, fish, bee, lion, monkey, cobra, to name just a few, by imaginatively and physically inhabiting the mode of knowing/being of non-humans who belong to a shared habitat; a gift received from the natural world.

However, this individualized mode of transformation morphs into privatized fitness regimes and the blurred, porous boundary between human and non-human ossifies. The dominant form of relationship with the non-human that remains is one of incorporation, the literal taking into one’s body, of the other, pivoting around edibility and human hyperphagia. The gift is consumed.

Furthermore, ‘natural disasters’ are rendered beautiful and remote, and ever distant. Satellite images, Google maps, and spectral imagery of water and land resources, created by visual technologies tied to surveillance and military use, technologies of seeing devoid of human agency, have superseded previous modes of representing the earth.

This triptych presents fluid interrelatedness between remote sensing imagery and forms of exchange between humans and the rest of the phenomenal world. @aiconcontemporary #new media, @arshiyalokhandwala @jaquesderrida1930

Wonderful to welcome Lucy Gallun from The MoMA @ Given Time : The Gift and It’s Offerings. She is only person till date ...
08/12/2021

Wonderful to welcome Lucy Gallun from The MoMA @ Given Time : The Gift and It’s Offerings. She is only person till date who has seen both versions of the exhibition in Mumbai and in New York. Great to see you after such a long time. Thanks for visiting. The next photo is with Gallerist Projjal Dutta of Aicon Contemporary. The exhibition concludes August 14th, 2021. @lucylubird @themuseumofmodernart @projjaldutta @aiconcontemporary @arshiyalokhandwala

08/11/2021

Pushpamala N.
Atlas of Rare and Lost Alphabets, 2020
A set of 50 copper plates based on ancient grants, lost scripts handwritten and etched by the artist with patination dimensions : variable

On view at Given Time : The Gift and its Belongings at Aicon Contemporary curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala

This set of fifty works draws inspiration from a visit to the Bangalore archeological museum, where the artist encountered a vitrine containing ancient inscriptions engraved on copper plates. These plates were centuries-old records of land grants given by the kings, called tamrashasanas. Though the tamrashasanas evoke a powerful sentiment about the land issues of today, the old forgotten scripts themselves are a polyphony of languages and letters, the heritage of a rich past where peoples traversed and traded within the Indian sub-continent and cultures mixed freely.

N. Pushpamala explores new and recently constructed alphabets, including those for the oral languages of marginal groups, alternatives to existing scripts, and fictional languages in literature and film. These amassed sculptural objects resemble ancient epigraphs and culminate in a ‘pseudo- archive,’ yielding no information and existing for themselves.

Atlas of Rare and Lost Alphabets is painstakingly handmade by the artist, resulting in unique copperplate objects. The tedious act of transcribing the letters becomes performative and reminiscent of ancient scribes copying manuscripts in medieval libraries. The alphabets, the oldest of which date back to 2000 BCE Indus Valley civilization, while authentic, are incongruous. They become mysterious documents of some unknown age, marked by time. These works can be interpreted as ‘hidden transcripts,’ an anthropological term coined by James C Scott, referring to secret languages of resistance, ‘veiled discourses.’ @aiconcontemporary @projjaldutta @pushpamalan @arshiyalokhandwala #museum #language #textpost #newyork

08/11/2021

Sheba Chhachhi
Edible Birds II (Kukut Kakasan Myanmar Fires), 2007
Moving image lightbox (digital print on dura trans, wooden box, glass, lights, and motor)

On view at Given Time: The Gift and Offerings on view at Aicon Contemporary until August 14th, curated by Dr Arshiya Lokhandwala

Four yogic postures, Kukkutasan, Kakasan, Garudasan, and Pinchmayurasana, are invited by the artist as protagonists in her work. They perform this continuing enquiry into forms of reciprocity between the human and the non-human. The scene sits against a backdrop of recent ecological disasters in Asia. After having developed from meticulous observation of flora and fauna, the practice of Hatha Yoga asanas can be understood as an internalizing of the somatic apparatus of other life forms. The practitioner becomes heron, tree, cow, fish, bee, lion, monkey, cobra, to name just a few, by imaginatively and physically inhabiting the mode of knowing/being of non-humans who belong to a shared habitat; a gift received from the natural world.

However, this individualized mode of transformation morphs into privatized fitness regimes and the blurred, porous boundary between human and non-human ossifies. The dominant form of relationship with the non-human that remains is one of incorporation, the literal taking into one’s body, of the other, pivoting around edibility and human hyperphagia. The gift is consumed.

Furthermore, ‘natural disasters’ are rendered beautiful and remote, and ever distant. Satellite images, Google maps, and spectral imagery of water and land resources, created by visual technologies tied to surveillance and military use, technologies of seeing devoid of human agency, have superseded previous modes of representing the earth.

This triptych presents fluid interrelatedness between remote sensing imagery and forms of exchange between humans and the rest of the phenomenal world. @aiconcontemporary @projjaldutta @shebachhachhi #videoart #museum #ecology #gift @arshiyalokhandwala

Mithu SenUntil You Unhand I, 2021 Uncolored Happy Prick Drawings 12x16in Given Time : The Gift and Its Offerings curated...
08/11/2021

Mithu Sen
Until You Unhand I, 2021
Uncolored Happy Prick Drawings 12x16in

Given Time : The Gift and Its Offerings curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala
at Aicon Contemporary

Until You Unhand is a set of uncolored, uncontroversial, /satvik/, and virtuous happy-prick-drawings, which serve as an exercise in perception. The artist’s absurdity uses the prick drawings to reflect on the things we take for granted, in her case, the gift of simple joys and happiness, the value of which we only realize once denied. @mithusen26 @aiconcontemporary @projjaldutta @chemouldprescottroad @arshiyalokhandwala

08/11/2021

Shaurya [email protected] Given Time : The Gift and Its Offerings at Aicon Contemporary until August 14th, 2021

A Case of the Broken Hands, 2021
ABS (acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), 40 pieces dimensions varied

What happens after the temple walls have crumbled, the columns have been carted off to distant sites, and the tombs have been emptied? What happens after the material form is dissipated; the cultural artifact has vanished without a trace, or has been broken down, and transposed to a white cube museum or a mantle of a private collector? What happens to the devotee when the idol, the divine, is enervated, looted and the temple is left in ruination? How does a culture that has for generations share the thought, feeling, and sensation through the act of touching, the religious seeing, or Darsan deal with the loss?

As an artist, Kumar is interested in the conversion of a non-object into an object. His work reacts to collections created through gift-giving or questionable acquisitions. Kumar examines objects and questions the purpose they serve, as well as the practices of their museums, their treatment of the objects, and the narratives they create.

The Case of Broken Hands contains one such collection of remains without the body and the form. It’s a case of erased identities; objects are representative of the whole but sit without any context of origin.

These sculptures are produced by 3D printing; the generic striations of the printing process replace the symbolic uniqueness of each hand. @aicongallery @projjaldutta @sai_chicago @saicprint @saicpics @see_saic @saicalumni @artinstitutechi

Join us for Promised Gifts and Their Obligations, a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 at 8 pm IST and 10.30...
08/09/2021

Join us for Promised Gifts and Their Obligations, a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 at 8 pm IST and 10.30 am EST.

Register: Meeting Id : 853 0102 5622
Password : 484519
Register: tinyurl.com/giventimeexhb

The panel contemplates the reciprocal obligations of the gift as suggested in the exhibition Given Time: The Gift and Its Offerings curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala at Aicon Contemporary. The discussion aims to unpack the process of museum acquisitions and gifts from donors and benefactors alongside the obligations and other negotiations that needed to be completed to receive these.

Michael Conforti was the Director of the Clark Art Institute from 1994-2015, he was President of the U.S. Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) from 2008-10. An emeritus trustee of the American Academy in Rome, the Menil Collection, Houston, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA).

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta is an art historian, writer, curator, designer, and cultural activist and the Managing Trustee and Director at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. She was Vice Chairman of INTACH, the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage. She received an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a graduate degree from the University of Delhi.

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is the Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University, Senior Research Scholar in Global Studies at its School of International and Public Affairs and Chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. She is the author of the newly published memoir, World as Family : A Journey of Multi-Rooted Belongings.

Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala received her MA in curating from Goldsmiths college, and a PhD from Cornell. She curated over 200 shows including After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India 1947/1997[2015] at the Queens Museum; she founded and ran Lakeeren in Mumbai. She teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Join us for Promised Gifts and Their Obligations, a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 at 8 pm IST and 10.30 am EST.

Register: Meeting Id : 853 0102 5622
Password : 484519
Register: tinyurl.com/giventimeexhb

The panel contemplates the reciprocal obligations of the gift as suggested in the exhibition Given Time: The Gift and Its Offerings curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala at Aicon Contemporary. The discussion aims to unpack the process of museum acquisitions and gifts from donors and benefactors alongside the obligations and other negotiations that needed to be completed to receive these.

Michael Conforti was the Director of the Clark Art Institute from 1994-2015, he was President of the U.S. Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) from 2008-10. An emeritus trustee of the American Academy in Rome, the Menil Collection, Houston, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA).

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta is an art historian, writer, curator, designer, and cultural activist and the Managing Trustee and Director at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. She was Vice Chairman of INTACH, the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage. She received an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a graduate degree from the University of Delhi.

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is the Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University, Senior Research Scholar in Global Studies at its School of International and Public Affairs and Chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. She is the author of the newly published memoir, World as Family : A Journey of Multi-Rooted Belongings.

Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala received her MA in curating from Goldsmiths college, and a PhD from Cornell. She curated over 200 shows including After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India 1947/1997[2015] at the Queens Museum; she founded and ran Lakeeren in Mumbai. She teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago.

07/30/2021

Close encounters with Anita Dube’s incredibly potent votive eye pieces and Prajakta Potnis’s apocalyptic photographic work Capsule in Given Time : The Gift and It’s Offerings @Aicon Contemporary. The exhibition is on view until August, 14. @aiconcontemporary @projjaldutta @prajaktapotnis @project88mumbai @sreebgoswami #museum #photography #votiveeyes #anitadube #darshan #globalwarming

07/30/2021

A birds eye view of the exhibition Given Time: The Gift and its Offerings @Aicon Contemporary, New York. The exhibition alludes to Jacques Derrida’s theorization of the gift highlighting “the interval” between giving and receiving a gift playing a critical part in the exchange of gift and counter-gift (return-gift), suggesting that the gift not only “gives time,” but implies the moment within which it must be returned. Is it possible for us to consider the gift devoid of reciprocity, return, exchange, or debt is what the ten artist’s contemplate: Anita Dube, Justin Ponmany, Mithu Sen, N. Pushpamala, Nikhil Chopra, Prajakta Potnis, Raqs Media Collective, Shaurya Kumar, Sheba Chhachhi, Sumakshi Singh. Exhibition concludes August 14th, 2021
@aiconcontemporary @mithusen26 @prajaktapotnis @pushpamalan @nikhil.chopra.artist @sumakshisingh @raqsmediacollective @projjaldutta

Excited to curate Given Time : The Gift and Its Offering for Aicon Contemporary which opens July 15th.  The exhibition p...
07/09/2021

Excited to curate Given Time : The Gift and Its Offering for Aicon Contemporary which opens July 15th. The exhibition presents works across media by artists including Sheba Chhachhi, Nikhil Chopra, Raqs Media Collective, Anita Dube, Shaurya Kumar, Justin Ponmany, N. Pushpamala, Prajakta Potnis, Mithu Sen, and Sumakshi Singh.

Given Time: The Gift and its Offerings is an invitation proposed to ten Indian artists to unpack the concepts behind the gift. Oblivious to the greater contractual obligations, we receive with a premature understanding of the significant and inconspicuous exchange between individuals. Every society has different practices relating to the exchanges of goods and wealth, real and personal property, and subsuming categories of economic value, though also of military favors, rituals, and hospitality.

It is an area of scholarship by many historians, including anthropologist Marcel Mauss, who suggests that giving is not a voluntary action between people but that the person receiving a gift is obligated - emphasizing its contractual nature. The exhibition title pays homage to philosopher Jacques Derrida's book, Given Time 1: Counterfeit Money. It highlights the critical "interval" between the exchange of a gift and counter-gift, suggesting that the gift gives both time and implies the moment within which it must be returned, making the gift, according to him, impossible. This exhibition considers the impossibility of a gift devoid of reciprocity, return, or debt.

Join us for an opening reception on July 15th from 6 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to [email protected].

#AiconContemporary #AiconGallery #ContemporaryArt #SouthAsianArt #SouthAsianContemporaryArt #IndianArt #NYCArtGallery #GalleryOpening #OpeningDay #NYCArt #arshiyalokhandwala #curator #art history

Excited to curate Given Time : The Gift and Its Offering for Aicon Contemporary which opens July 15th. The exhibition presents works across media by artists including Sheba Chhachhi, Nikhil Chopra, Raqs Media Collective, Anita Dube, Shaurya Kumar, Justin Ponmany, N. Pushpamala, Prajakta Potnis, Mithu Sen, and Sumakshi Singh.

Given Time: The Gift and its Offerings is an invitation proposed to ten Indian artists to unpack the concepts behind the gift. Oblivious to the greater contractual obligations, we receive with a premature understanding of the significant and inconspicuous exchange between individuals. Every society has different practices relating to the exchanges of goods and wealth, real and personal property, and subsuming categories of economic value, though also of military favors, rituals, and hospitality.

It is an area of scholarship by many historians, including anthropologist Marcel Mauss, who suggests that giving is not a voluntary action between people but that the person receiving a gift is obligated - emphasizing its contractual nature. The exhibition title pays homage to philosopher Jacques Derrida's book, Given Time 1: Counterfeit Money. It highlights the critical "interval" between the exchange of a gift and counter-gift, suggesting that the gift gives both time and implies the moment within which it must be returned, making the gift, according to him, impossible. This exhibition considers the impossibility of a gift devoid of reciprocity, return, or debt.

Join us for an opening reception on July 15th from 6 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to [email protected].

#AiconContemporary #AiconGallery #ContemporaryArt #SouthAsianArt #SouthAsianContemporaryArt #IndianArt #NYCArtGallery #GalleryOpening #OpeningDay #NYCArt #arshiyalokhandwala #curator #art history

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