कृपया ध्यान दीजिए | Allow me a letter
14 March - 31 May 2019
With Birender Kumar Yadav, Pierre Michelon and Aqui Thami
Curated by Benedicte le Pimpec
Mumbai Art Room’s second curatorial lab in partnership with Pro Helvetia – Swiss art Council is pleased to host ‘कृपया ध्यान दीजिए | Allow me a letter’, an exhibition by Swiss based curator Bénédicte le Pimpec. The exhibition features an installation by Delhi based artist Birender Kumar Yadav, a film by French based artist Pierre Michelon and a workshop by Aqui Thami, a Bombay based artist and activist.
A letter, addressed, anonymous, threatening or filled with love, is also mute, inspired, exalted, or repeated, whether public or secret. As a formal character of a curved alphabet in a sonic frequency, out-loud or inaudible, it sometimes ends up on the wall of an official building, in the mouth of polyglots, or sought after in Colaba, the hip neighbourhood of south Bombay.
Using several languages (Bengali, Hindi, English, French), this exhibition occupies the Mumbai Art Room venue and spills over into the surrounding public place. It presupposes that discourses, as forms of social action representing society and culture, are ideologically and historically guided, and that there is never any neutrality, be it of language or its use.
This Curatorial Lab and exhibition has been supported by Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council.
Benedicte le Pimpec
Bénédicte le Pimpec is a curator based in Geneva working on regular basis in collaboration with artists and/or curators. Le Pimpec’s fields of research, influenced by institutional critiques and relations between art and politics, focus on historiography related by artists. She curated or co-curated exhibitions for several institutions (Palais de Tokyo Paris, Fonds cantonal d'art contemporain Geneva, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Piano Nobile Geneva, Centre d’art Bastille Grenoble amongst others) and has been associate curator at the Médiathèque of the Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Geneva from 2016 till 2018. She is currently a research fellow at Geneva University of Art and Design on a FNS research project and received a curatorial fellowship in 2018 for “Theatre of Operations. Phase III: Fine-Arts Division”, a research project centered on contextual issues of long-term artwork loans from the collection of the National center for visual arts in Paris.
Birender Kumar Yadav
Birender Kumar Yadav is born in Ballia district, a predominantly rural province of Uttar Pradesh, India. Coming from a coal miners’ family, his father was a blacksmith and he is the first child to pursue a formal higher education. After a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (2013), he qualified for a Master in Fine Arts (specialization: Painting) from the College of Arts, New Delhi completed in 2015. His body of works reflects his personal experiences and memories of growing up in a world of coal miners, laborer, and different kinds of workers and focuses on the question of identity, representation, politics of class difference, forms of work and making, and issues of oppression and domination of the working classes. His work has been exhibited at Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi (2018), at Clark House initiative, Mumbai (2017), or at 1Shanthiroad Studio, Bangalore (2017). He was awarded for the Pro-Helvetia Residency in Zurich in Spring 2019.
As a participative observer, Pierre Michelon explores the terrains of a forgetful and aphasic society. He is currently a PhD candidate in Sciences Art Creation Research (SACRe) at the University of Paris, Science and Letters / Ecole nationale des beaux-arts de Paris. His work concentrates on writing, orality and the usage of history and is developed through a variety of propositions: translations, films, installations, documentaries or performances. Each of these productions is conceived as a research process, which can take the form of investigations, interviews, spontaneous and derivative digressions as well as multiple associations. It is the top-down of the scenery, the listening to archives and their polyglot voices. His work has been shown at Cinéma du réel, Paris (2019 and 2017), the Hall noir, Bourges (2017), Espace Khiasma, Les Lilas (2016), Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble (2016), Echelle Inconnue, Rouen (2015, Torino Film Festival, Torino (2015), DOClab, Hà Nội (2015), on the campus of the University of Guyana, Cayenne (2014) and at Cinématographe, Nantes (2015) amongst others.
Aqui Thami is an artist, activist, and academic, a member of the himalayan Janajati Thangmi community who got an Indian passport by being born in Darjeeling. She uses art as a form of medicine to heal wounds caused by colonization and is interested in having conversations and creating spaces for reflection on marginalization and resilience. She is a PhD candidate of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her multidisciplinary practice is inspired by the culture of DIY through which she has collaborated with young girls, women and children in Dharavi (Bombay), South Africa, Canada and United Kingdom. She is a founding member of Dharavi Art Room a safe space to explore, exchange and express ideas through art. She is also one half of the collective Bombay Underground that celebrates the power of the community by means of experimenting with various public art practices, including zine making and performance art. Currently her work ‘Sister Library’ is shared in the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.