VHC and Vida Heydari Contemporary exhibit at Mumbai’s most famous architecture and design festival


06 October 2022 17:54 STI

Bombay (Maharashtra) [India]October 6 (ANI/NewsSee): Vida Heydari Contemporary (VHC) is pleased to announce its participation in the most famous Festival of Architecture and Interior Design (FOAID) in Mumbai.
Prominent contemporary artists, Mr. Pravat, Vaishali Oak and Vivek Vilasini will represent VHC and showcase their exceptional art for two days from 7 October to 8 October 2022, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at MMRDA Grounds, Mumbai.
The art exhibition will feature a variety of artworks including sculptures, fabric assemblages, photographic works and more. Participating artists from VHC will present their works from “Concrete Dusk”, “Chromatic Musings” and “Between One Shore and Many Others”. The exhibition will be articulated around various media and will extend the experience of the exhibition from inside and outside the gallery.
Mr. Pravat was born in 1972 in Kolkata, India. He received his BA in Painting in 2002 and his MA in 2004, both awarded by the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda. Her artistic practice examines architectural forms and materials through a fractured lens. Over the years, his works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions, biennials and art fairs in Colombo, Delhi, Dubai, Mumbai, New York, Seoul and Zurich. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Fugitive Dust’ at VHC, Vida Heydari Contemporary, Pune (2021); ‘Liquid States’ at 1×1 Gallery, Dubai (2017); “As of today, I have no future” at the Aicon Gallery, New York (2017); and “Blue Print” in Still Life, Delhi (2011).
He is a member of the Layout collective with artists Navid Tschopp, Susanta Mondal and architect S. Boka. Their projects have been exhibited at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2012, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, 2013, INSERT, 2014, the Colombo Biennale, 2014, and non-institutional venues in Delhi and Zurich. He was a recipient of the Pro Helvetia artist residency in Switzerland.
Mr. Pravat lives and works in New Delhi, India. He will also be present in person at the event.
From the artist (excerpt)
“Concrete Dusk” brings together my most recent body of work based on themes that I have been exploring for more than ten years, namely the different expressions of a city under construction. My interest in this subject comes from the lived experience of a city that is in a constant state of flux, both material and immaterial, negotiating between its master plan, its popular aspirations and its daily experiences. We are at the heart of these transformations, whether from the privacy of our homes or on a larger scale from urban development projects. In the past, I tried to capture these changing forms through construction sites stopped in time. In recent years, my practice has turned to exploring the processes of deconstruction, not only of the urban environment but also of habitats, materials and images.
Concrete Dusk invokes the built environment at dusk. Instead of focusing on the constructive and destructive forces at work, how can we imagine a twilight urbanism where changes in urban environments are seen as ups and downs of scales, tones, textures and shadows? For me, red bricks are as reminiscent of past civilizations as they are of later empire building in red sandstone and modern brick-and-mortar cityscapes. This show is an attempt to bring these long timelines into dialogue with each other.
Vaishali Oak
Vaishali Oak is a textile artist from Pune whose work draws inspiration from traditional sewing practices by exploring the relationship between fabric, nature and craftsmanship. Over the past three decades, she has developed a unique style inspired by the local quilting practice called “Godhadi”. These fabric assemblages evolved from early memories of sewing with the women in her family as a way to preserve and extend the life of the fabric. Her layered approach allows her to play with shape and color, tearing away the top layers to reveal and texture different surfaces. It also creates patterns that mimic the natural breakdown of fabric after long use.
Oak has shown his work in exhibitions in India and abroad, most recently as part of the World Textile Art exhibition in Madrid, Spain (2019), World Art Dubai (2019), ‘Colours of Life’ in Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai (2018), ‘Fact & Fiction’ at SW1 Art Gallery, London (2007), ‘Art India’ at the National Art Gallery, Colombo, Srilanka (2006), among others. His works are in corporate and private collections in India and abroad.
From the artist (excerpt)
“Chromatic Musings presents a selection of my recent work, in which the sewing, shaping and breaking of fabric take on a bigger and bolder scheme. Inspired by nature’s abundance, I embark on a journey of of introspection, evolution and self-realization. These works act as a meditative tool, probing both literally and figuratively to uncover latent conceptions and thoughts…

Each panel is filled with unbridled joy, a celebration of the metamorphosis I see in nature and an evolution in my practice. I offer new courage in the form of bold strokes and a fiery approach to hues that bring works to life.”
Vivek Vilasini
Vivek Vilasini is a multimedia artist from Kerala, who studied artistic practices and sculpture with traditional Indian artisans. Before turning to art, he trained as a maritime radio officer and graduated from the University of Kerala.
Vilasini’s paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia works explore how ideas influence identities in contemporary society. His works manifest the ongoing connection and negotiation between these ideas and identities. It highlights the appropriation and juxtaposition of forms and meanings in different contexts.
He has been part of numerous international solo and group exhibitions, including in his repertoire, prestigious international art festivals such as Art Basel Hong Kong, NGMA Mumbai, New York University Museum, Dubai Art Fair, etc. His works are part of the collection of the Smithsonian Museum; Kadist Collection, Arco Foundation, Hermes Collection and other notable collectives.
From the artist (excerpt)
“Between one shore and several others” is an investigation into the evolution of identities through the transmigration of concepts, their assimilation and internalization.
At the heart of self-expression is research into human interdependence. Kochi, my hometown, has itself been the repository of social and cultural ideas from various countries and ethnicities over the centuries. I recognize socially, culturally, metaphorically and literally, that I stand – between one shore and several others…
… I do not protest or criticize cultural metamorphoses, because I do not wish the revival of the old world. Rather, through pointed but thoughtful observations of important but often overlooked details, I point to a reality that seethes with warm fun.”
Founded in 2020, VHC is a contemporary art gallery based in Pune. VHC partners with artists to encourage and celebrate them, promote their work and connect them to art lovers. The gallery features works by local and international artists. It conducts collateral programs to contribute to the cultural fabric of the city of Pune.
Founded by Vida Heydari, a curator and gallerist with over 14 years of diverse experience in the global art world, VHC aims to create an accessible platform to engage with relevant contemporary art practices from around the world.
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