Archival and Museum Fellowships

Afrah Shafiq

Grant Period: Over one year

For working with the cultural history archive at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC) which contains a wide variety of visual materials from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Bengal that includes books, journals, popular paintings, prints, posters, hoardings, advertisements and commercial art productions. Afrah’s research will culminate in a series of short videos that will portray stories of resistance of women in the nineteenth century, loosely themed around ‘Women and Impudence/Cheeky Girls’.

Moushumi Bhowmik

Grant Period: Over one year

For research into the field recordings, texts and photographs of the Dutch ethnomusicologist Arnold Bake, during his time in Bengal from 1925 to 1934. Based on this archival material gathered from various archives in India and abroad, she will construct histories of music and portraits of people and places, thus adding to and energising the existing archive for folk music, 'The Travelling Archive'. The outcomes will be an exhibition and a book.

Abeer Gupta & Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan

Grant Period: Over one year

For engaging with the Decorative Arts Department of the National Museum, New Delhi for re-staging their collection of brocade saris to make the museum a dynamic space for both research and practice. Suchitra and Abeer’s project aims to ascertain the pedagogic and public value of our national cultural resources through research and exhibition, thus establishing a live link between the collection, the classroom and the exhibition that will be curated at the National Museum in February 2016.

Bessie Cecil

Grant Period: Over one year

For engaging with the Decorative Arts Department of the National Museum, New Delhi for re-staging their collection of brocade saris to make the museum a dynamic space for both research and practice. Bessie’s project will primarily research the effect that the river has on the textile industry with special focus on the Ganges and its influence on the weaving of the brocade sari, and culminate in an exhibition at the National Museum in February 2016.

Preeti Bahadur

Grant Period: Over one year

For engaging with the Painting Department of the National Museum, New Delhi for re-staging their collection of the Pahari Ragamala paintings to make the museum a dynamic space for both research and practice. Preeti will present the Ragamala paintings in its historical context and explore the relationship these miniatures have with other fields of arts such as literature and music. The project will culminate in an exhibition at the National Museum in February 2016.

Deeksha Nath

Grant Period: Over one year

For engaging with the Painting Department of the National Museum, New Delhi for re-staging their collection of the Pahari Ragamala paintings to make the museum a dynamic space for both research and practice. Deeksha will curate a series of contemporary ‘performances’ in response to the textual, visual and aural nature of the Ragamala paintings. It will culminate in an exhibition at the National Museum in February 2016.

Kush Badhwar

Grant Period: Over one year

For research, collation and documentation of materials from archives related to the practice of a revolutionary poet who has been an active advocate for a separate state of Telangana. This artistic engagement will be documented through photographs, text, video, and recorded audios of political discourse, conversations and interviews.

Latika Gupta

Grant Period: Over four months

For research at the Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian & Kargil Trade Artifacts in Kargil. It will culminate in an exhibition that will open in the Museum in September, 2014. The exhibition will re-present and contextualize the large collection of historical and ethnographic objects in the museum by constructing narratives around these objects, texts and legacies of the people who have traversed these regions.

Neha Choksi

Grant Period: Over one year

For research at various archives of science and astronomy and at Jain religious archives in India leading to a multi-part art project titled The Weather Inside Me. The project will trace the history of science, weather and solar observations in India from pre-colonial to post-colonial times. The religious archives will be referenced to investigate the centrality of the sun in Jainism and its resulting impact on time and memory in our lives.

Shumona Goel

Grant Period: Over one year

For the sturdy of vintage educational film footage the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) archives, produced as part of the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE) programme. This programme was established by NASA and ISRO in 1975-76 to impart a ‘modern and scientific outlook to rural India’. The fellowship outcome will be a symposium and, subject to availability of further funding from other sources, a film using the found footage.

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