An Artist-Led Initiative Breaking Ground, the first iteration of the Indian Ceramics Triennale has been conceived and driven by a six-member core team of mid-career ceramic artists. They are supported by Exhibition Coordinator Kanika Anand and Outreach Coordinator Sangeeta Kapila.
Vineet Kacker works as a full-time artist and part-time curator. Graduating as an architect in 1989, he studied ceramics at the Andretta Pottery, Himachal and the Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry. He studied in a post-experience program at the University of Wales Institute, U.K. and is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Fellowship and a Fulbright grant. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, his work is in several collections – notably the Museum of Contemporary Ceramics at Icheon, Korea; the Indian Ceramics Museum at Fuping, China, and the archival collection at Aberystwyth, UK.
“We seek to broaden the horizon of the medium of clay. The Ceramics Triennale, aims to showcase alternative, experimental and experiential uses of ceramics within and beyond the boundaries of the traditional gallery.” ANJANI KHANNA – DIRECTOR
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Anjani Khanna is a ceramic sculptor, curator, and writer. Anjani is an Arthink South Asia fellow and has received the Senior Fellowship from the Government of India. She is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva. She studied ceramics with Ray Meeker at the Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry and has participated in artist-in-residence programs in the US, Europe, China and in India. Along with her colleagues, she received a prestigious grant from the India Foundation for the Arts for a collaborative public art project. She also worked as Associate Director at the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi and with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Mumbai.
Sharbani Das Gupta is an artist, writer, and occasional curator. A graduate of the National Institute of Design and student of Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith, she is currently based in New Mexico. She has participated in several international residencies in the US, China, and Greece among others; the most recent being an award for a residency/symposium/exhibition in Israel on Post-Colonialism? Her work was in 50 Women in NCECA’s 50th-anniversary conference in 2016 and is in several private and public collections. She is published in numerous clay art magazines and in the Art and Craft of Clay.
Neha Kudchadkar is a visual and performing artist currently based in Mumbai. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, and the Faculty of Fine Art, M.S.U., Baroda. Neha has shown her work in several groups shows within India and abroad. Most recently she was part of Post-Colonialism – a residency, symposium, an exhibition in Israel. She was a recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship. Neha is a co-founder and director of beej, a performing arts collective in Mumbai.
Madhvi Subrahmanian trained at the Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry and obtained her Masters in Fine Arts from the USA. Her work is in several private and public collections including the Mumbai domestic airport and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. She has participated in many international residencies and exhibitions, most recently at the First China Ceramic Biennale at Henan Museum and at the Ayala Museum in Manila, Philippines. Madhvi shows with Gallery Chemould in Mumbai and Indigo Blue in Singapore. Her work is published in international magazines and books such as Smoke Firing and Contemporary Ceramics.
Reyaz Badaruddin graduated in Ceramic Design from Banaras Hindu University in 2000. In 2009, he was awarded a Charles Wallace Fellowship to complete an MA attachment in Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design, UK. His work explores a variety of thematics. His inspiration keeps evolving to reflect a wide range of interests which mix social and aesthetic considerations. He has participated in several national and international shows and residencies. His pieces are in the collection of the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Latvia, the FULE International Ceramic Museum in China and various other public and private collections.
“Long relegated to the status of the second-class citizen in the world of art, in the 21st Century ceramics have taken on a renewed urgency and relevance in international contemporary artistic practice. Primordial and ubiquitous, earth, dirt, and clay speak to the very core of our beings and can spark our most fundamental creative energies. The Indian Ceramics Triennale will highlight the finest practitioners of experimental ceramics working today, those who are expanding our conceptions of an ancient medium claiming its place in the future”. PETER NAGY
Peter Nagy is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York with a BFA in Communication Design. Active as an artist in the 80s, he was co-founder (along with Alan Belcher) of Gallery Nature Morte in New York’s East Village in 1982, where it continued until 1988. He has been based in New Delhi since 1992, where, in 1997 he resurrected Nature Morte, aiming to champion young Indian artists and experimental art forms. Since then, Nature Morte has become one of India’s most respected commercial galleries, representing many of the most important Indian artists who have come into prominence since the 1990s.
Pooja Sood is a pioneer in the field of curating alternative contemporary art practices and exploring different models of collaboration and institution building in India and South Asia. She is the acting Director General of the Jawahar Kala Kendra, a multidisciplinary cultural space in Jaipur. Pooja has served on several international juries and is also a member of the Steering Group Committee on Arts Management for the Government of India. She was Artistic Director and curator of 48C. Public Art. Ecology, the first public art project in India. She was Curator of the Apeejay Media Gallery, the first dedicated space for new media art in India, as well as Curator /Director for the Eicher Gallery, New Delhi. She is a Chevening scholar for the Clore Leadership Programme, UK.
“For over a decade Indian ceramic artists have been breaking ground around the world—China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, the UK and USA. It’s high time to break a bit of ground at home”. RAY MEEKER
Ray Meeker is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BFA in Ceramics. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva. In 1971, with Deborah Smith, he founded the Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry. e GBP courses, workshops, and residencies with international artists are unique in India. Many of the most respected Indian ceramic artists have attended his courses. He shows with Nature Morte in New Delhi and participates in group shows in various galleries in India and around the world.
Kanika Anand is an independent art writer and curator. She holds a Master’s degree in Art History from the National Museum Institute, India and has been a curatorial fellow at the Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, 2012-13. She has worked extensively with galleries and alternative spaces such as Exit Art and the Gagosian Gallery in the United States, the Centre National d’Art Contemporain in France and with Exhibit 320 and Gallery Espace in India. Her curatorial projects include I See you See Me at Delhi Photo Festival 2015, Noir by Chetnaa at Art District XIII, New Delhi, 2016, The Museum Within by Debashish Mukherjee at Akar Parker Advisory, New Delhi, 2016, Unearth, Time| Matter | Process at Exhibit 320, New Delhi, 2017. She contributes her writing to international publications like Art India, Daily Serving, Art Radar Asia and the Sunday Guardian. She is also the Founder of Parked-At, a roving exhibition platform based in New Delhi, presenting alternative modes of viewing, engagement, and participation.