Presented by Tarq in collaboration with The Polish Institute in New Delhi and with support from Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Open to the Public: Thursday, 30th April, 2015 – Thursday 28th May, 2015
Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: Tarq, F35/36, Dhanraj Mahal, C.S.M. Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai 400 001
Presented for the first time at TARQ in its entirety, Encounters is a cross-cultural dialogue between the traditional forms of folk art and craft from different countries around the world. It showcases the results of Dobrucka’s project that originally started in Mumbai in 2012.
The artist takes a traditional Polish paper cut out of roosters on a journey to different countries, mainly India, but also Palestine and Turkey, and collaborates with local craftsmen, to produce and reproduce the original design using techniques that are unique to different regions.
Dobrucka sees the project as an experiment, which aims to explore modes of intercultural dialogue in the era of capitalism and globalization.
The project aims to become a commentary on the various traditional art practices and narratives, which delineate where one culture starts and another ends. Like the project, the exhibition will continue to evolve with the addition of new pieces in the month that it is at TARQ.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alicja Dobrucka was born Poland in 1985. She is based in London since graduating from the University of the Arts London in 2010.
Her work has received a number of prestigious prizes, such as the Sotiri Prize 2011 in Korce, Albania and in 2010 she received the highly competitive Deutsche Bank Fine Art Award and Grant in Photography at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
Dobrucka has exhibited her work internationally, most recently at the South Kiosk Gallery in London and at the MAG3 Gallery in Vienna, Austria, curated by David Lillington, The Barbican, London (2012), Experimenta EXD’11 – Architectural Biennale in Lisbon (2011), as a part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA, London and the S1 Art Space and Site Gallery in Sheffield (2011), the 54th Venice Biennale with the WW Gallery (2011) and at the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2010).