LOOKING FOR LOST WATER
28 JUNE 9pm
GIARDINI ACCADEMIA FILARMONICA ROMANA
via Flaminia 118, Rome
Atul Bhalla (1964, India), the internationally-renowned conceptual artist, will participate in the 4th edition of FIND’s Summer Mela Residency Programme.
During his stay with FIND, Bhalla will continue to develop his on-going research project “Looking for Lost Water”. The artist has dedicated many years to this project, by investigating the physical, historical, spiritual and artistic significance of water in urban areas, and the relationship between these communities and the rural environment. A truly multifaceted artist, Atul Bhalla uses diverse media such as sculpture, painting, installation, video, photography and live performance in his creative research.
On June 28 at 9.00 pm at Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Atul Bhalla will present his site specific work which will remain on exhibition in the gardens of the Accademia, until the mid-July 2016.
Atul Bhalla lives and works in New Delhi, and is also an Associate professor at the Shiv Nadar University at the department of Art Design and Performance. His recent solo shows include: “You always step into the same river” SepaiEYE New York 2015. “On the Edge “ and “Ya Ki Kuch aur ” Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 and 2014 respectively. “Water Works”, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton. PA. USA Curation – Donna Gustafsson 2011.
Recent group exhibitions have brought his work to Sepia International in New York, The Pompidou center, Paris, the IVAM Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, and the Devi Art Foundation in New Delhi. He is has shown his photographic work “Yamuna Walk” within “Other and me“ Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah 2014 and with “Walk On” From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 years of art-walking, Curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell, at NGCA Sunderland.UK. He was also a part of “Floating World”- Curated by Geeta Kapoor; 50 years of Chemould Art Gallery Mumbai, India, April 2014. “Yamuna Elbe Project”, Hamburg-Delhi, Site – specific Installations on The Elbe in Hamburg, and On the Yamuna in Delhi. “West Heavens, Place – Time- Play”, India China Contemporary Art, Curated By Chaitanya Sambrani, Shanghai China, 2010. Installation of “I was not waving but drowning-II” at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, USA. December 2010-April 2011, and from end of this month, 31st March, the video installation “Adrift”( On the Dvaipayana) at the LightBox Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard, MA.
He has published two books on his performative works, “Yamuna Walk” University of Washington press, Seattle and London and “What will be my Defeat?” GFLK Galerie für Landschaftskunst Hamburg,