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Anni Kumari

Ghaziabad, India 6 Followers

About Artist

I developed a penchant for BLACK while I grew up at Tatanagar, an industrial town in Jharkhand, watching the incessant industrial activities – the processing of iron and steel, iron dumping and soot surrounding the ...

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I developed a penchant for BLACK while I grew up at Tatanagar, an industrial town in Jharkhand, watching the incessant industrial activities – the processing of iron and steel, iron dumping and soot surrounding the city. The mysterious, lustrous and powerful character of black had a deep impact on me that I continue to express through my works. The binary of black & white and the basic principles of geometry & functional mathematics excite me greatly and I try to explore these in a minimal manner in drawings, paintings and installations. Through my practice I make queries about our understanding of shape, dimensions, movement and time in the context of experiential observations made in different geographical locations. I am also conscious of questioning whether my visual vocabulary of precise lines, grids and points is outside the framework of ‘female aesthetics’. In that sense, I see my identity as a ‘women artist’ whose works border between the purely functional and the intellectual.
Although my works speak of varying optical experiences of the interplay of light & darkness, line & form, emptiness and infiniteness, they all lead to the idea of ‘what it means to be alive now’.

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  • About Artist


    I developed a penchant for BLACK while I grew up at Tatanagar, an industrial town in Jharkhand, watching the incessant industrial activities – the processing of iron and steel, iron dumping and soot surrounding the city. The mysterious, lustrous and powerful character of black had a deep impact on me that I continue to express through my works. The binary of black & white and the basic principles of geometry & functional mathematics excite me greatly and I try to explore these in a minimal manner in drawings, paintings and installations. Through my practice I make queries about our understanding of shape, dimensions, movement and time in the context of experiential observations made in different geographical locations. I am also conscious of questioning whether my visual vocabulary of precise lines, grids and points is outside the framework of ‘female aesthetics’. In that sense, I see my identity as a ‘women artist’ whose works border between the purely functional and the intellectual.
    Although my works speak of varying optical experiences of the interplay of light & darkness, line & form, emptiness and infiniteness, they all lead to the idea of ‘what it means to be alive now’.

  • Award & Recognition

    Education
    2011-13: Delhi University, College of Art, Master of Fine Arts, Painting
    2007-11: Delhi University, College of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting
    2002-05: Delhi University, Miranda House, Bachelor of Art, Political Science
    1993-99: Tagore School of Art, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, Diploma in Fine Arts


    Fellowships/Scholarships
    2017-18: Sahapedia-UNESCO Project fellowship
    2017: Fellowship with Nari Gunjan, Patna in collaboration with Artreach India
    2015: Atreach Artist Fellowship
    2014: Award of Junior Research Fellowship, UGC
    2013: National Artist Scholarship, Lalit Kala Akademi
    2011: Junior Research Fellowship, Ministry Of Culture, Govt of India
    2011: Merit Scholarship of College of Art
    2008: Gurukul Scholarship under Padmashri Smt. Anjolie Ela Menon, Spic Macay

    Awards
    2017: City Women Artist Award, Prafulla Dhanukar Foundation
    2012: AIFACS Award in Drawing, Delhi
    2012: Buddy Bear (Indo-German Friendship Mascot) Design Competition; Mascot installed at the German Embassy, Delhi
    2009: Canopy International Art Award, Ashoka Trust
    1999: President’s Award of the Bharat Scouts and Guides
    2008, 11, 12, 13: Awards in annual exhibition, College of Art


    Exhibitions
    2018: Inhouse show, Art Positive gallery (Delhi)
    2017: Again & yet again, group show at OED Gallery, Kochi (Kerala)
    2017: Some things change, two-women show at India International Centre (Delhi)
    2017 : Unexplored Spaces, group show at Arpana Caur Art Gallery( Delhi)
    2017: National Exhibition, Camlin Art Foundation, Jahangir Art Gallery (Mumbai)
    2016: Group show, Maharaja Sayajirao University Art Gallery (Baroda)
    2016: Five for the Future, Art District XIII, as part of the five finalist under the Emerging Artist Award by BestCollege Art and Glenfiddich India
    2016: ABOUTTURN: Is the female point of view essentially feminist, a group show at Alliance Francaise, Gurgaon
    2016: Ideas Travel faster than light at Niv Art Centre and India Habitat Centre as part of PUBLICA, Floodlight Foundation, Delhi
    2015: Things Happen all the time, curated by Jasone Miranda Bilbao at Niv Art Centre, Delhi
    2015: The many faces of Human Dignity, Fusion Studio, Delhi
    2012: AIFACS Annual Art Exhibition, Delhi
    2011: Ravi Jain Memorial Art Exhibition, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, Delhi
    2009: Camlin Northern Region Exhibition, Delhi
    2006: Short Film Festival, Kolkata
    2005: Beyond Borders Festival, British council, Delhi
    1998: United Nations Exhibitions Programme, Atlanta, USA

    Artist Residencies and Art camps
    2017: National Artist Camp, Word School of Design, Haryana
    2016: Piramal Art Residency, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    2015: Art for Change International Artist Residency, Delhi
    2015: Sowing seeds International Artist Village Residency at Chelak Village, Jaisalmer by Kaman Art Foundation for a public art project using local materials
    2015: National Artist Camp, ITM SAAD University, Baroda, Gujarat
    2014: National Artist Workshop, Lait Kala Akademi,Garhi, New Delhi
    2013: Lines in Our Minds –Exploring Gender & Interpersonal Relationships, Artist Residency, Reflection Art Gallery & Studio, Delhi
    2012: Basurama, The B face of the city, Spanish Cultural Centre, Instituto Cervantes; concluding with an art intervention at Cannaught Place, Delhi
    2010: National Students Art Camp, Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore, Karnataka
    2008: Painting workshop, National Convention of Spic Macay, Kohima, Nagaland
    2008: Clay Modelling Workshop under the guidance of K.S. Radha Krishnan

    Community Projects
    2015: Gendered Objects workshop at Basti Vikas Kendra in collaboration with CASP Delhi Chapter and Begumpur Community Engagement Program
    2014: Project on Khovar & Sohrai Art of Hazaribagh in Jharkhand under the Junior Research Fellowship
    2011: Art project as part of Delhi Food Festival designing the 25 feet panel at Barakhamba road, Delhi
    2010:” I Don’t Want To See No More” Japan-India & Bangladesh Performance Art Exchange Project

    Works in Public Collection
    German Embassy, Delhi
    Lalit Kala Akademi, Garhi Regional Centre, Delhi
    Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai
    ITM University, Baroda
    Art for Change Foundation, Delhi
    Word School of Design, Haryana


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