Students of Visual Art from Punjab and Chandigarh get guidance for Students Biennale by Prof. Shukla Sawant



14 August 2018


Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi and Kochi Biennale Foundation organised a special introductory session at Gallery of Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi today 14 August 2018, from 12 to 2 pm, for the students of the region for Students Biennale, a parallel event of Kochi Muziris Biennale being held from 12th December 2018 to 31st March 2019 at Kochi, Kerala.

In this session Professor Shukla Sawant, a co-curator of the Students Biennale spoke to the students about the concept behind students participation in this hugely popular art event of the country. Prof. Sawant showed images of all the three previous Biennales to familiarize the viewers with the kind of art works that are showcased in this prestigious art event of the country in which artists from all over the world are carefully selected by the curators.

She also patiently listened to the queries of the students such as what kind of art works expected from the student? is painting on canvas and paper still relevant in contemporary world of art ? Is Biennale only about installation and performance and video art ?

Professor shukla guided the students’  for OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

in the third edition of the Students’ Biennale for project proposals from young artists and collectives currently pursuing their BFA (third/fourth/final year) or MFA (first/second year) in any Indian college by 15 August, 2018.

Selected projects will receive support in the form of a production grant and an opportunity to travel to Kochi for the 2018 edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the Students’ Biennale.

Applicants are encouraged to respond to the ideas of how a studio can be situated in the framework of the institution, and how the notion of making can become a process of responding to your context and reflecting beyond.

To apply, one can submit a completed application form with applicant’s details, a recent portfolio (10 MB max), project proposal (500 words) and a visual plan for the project (optional). Project proposals may include, but not be limited to, a brief note on the applcant’s area of interest or concern, details about medium and material, and/or plan of execution.

Deadline: 15th August, 2018

More than one hundred students of visual arts came from various parts of the State including College of art Chandigarh, DAV College Bathinda, Apeejay College of Fine Arts Jalandhar, Lovely Professional University, Govenrment College for Girls Sector 11, Panjab University, Chitkara University, Chandigarh University, Panjabi University, Patiala and some colleges of Ludhiana etc.

Shukla Sawant a co-curator of the forthcoming Students’ Biennale in Kochi, along with M P Nishad, Sanchayan Ghosh, Krishnapriya C P, Shruti Ramalingaiah & K P Reji


Shukla   is Professor of Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Shukla has ten solo shows to her credit and has  published several papers in journals, contributed chapters in books and written  catalogue essays. She was a working group member of Khoj International artists’ Association for seven years and taught at the Fine Arts department of Jamia Millia Islamia (1989-2001) before joining JNU. She has also participated in numerous residencies and workshops. Her research  focuses on modern and contemporary art in on South Asia; art in colonial India; print cultures and photography; new media practices; artists’ collectives and organizations; postcolonial criticism and historiography.


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