The 6th Edition of the India Art Fair is all set to launch in January 2014. Rashmi Rajgopal wishes she could attend.
Mumbai: Five years ago, I was in junior college and vaguely interested in art or anything else happening around me. I was stressing about my abysmal grasp of biology and wondering how I’d make it through the HSC exams. I hated biology. What was the use? I didn’t want to be a doctor. I loved bones, but that was because I was a freak child and into the idea of dead things convening in graveyards. Like they did on Cartoon Network. Also because I couldn’t see the endless possibilities of assembling scapulas, clavicles, molars, vertebrae and all those femur-tibia-fibula/ humerus-radius-ulna bones into a “Collidonthus”. When I was cursing my fate in 2008, Jitish Kallat displayed his “Collidonthus” at the India Art Summit in 2008, and garnered a lot of praise. Now in 2013, I can finally see how the sciences and arts are interlinked. Besides the numerous possibilities of riding around in this skele-car looking really cool.
The India Art Summit, renamed as the India Art Fair, has its 6th edition just around the corner. In five years it has expanded phenomenally, bringing together the foremost of art galleries from India and around the world. In 2008, Neha Kirpal,with her amazing gift of foresight, realised that it was about time we had something of our own to brag of. Not for jumping-onto-the-bandwagon-sakes, but because we did, and still do, have tremendous potential for buying and appreciating art. Participating galleries and artists, organisers, vendors, opinion leaders/ the media, patrons and visitors have been tending to this sapling of an idea over its five editions; now a deeply-rooted tree stands, still expanding, with plenty of fruit for everyone.
The India Art Fair is set to launch its 6th edition on the 30th of January 2014. The fair will continue till 2nd February 2014. And it’s expanding. The 6th edition will feature ninety-one booths from India and around the world. And we’ve been promised more goodies in this edition. The Speaker’s Forum, carrying forward from the previous edition, will feature panel discussions and seminars by Budi Tek, Philip Dodd, Chris Dercon, Homi Bhabha, Bharti Kher, Jeebesh Bagchi and Li Bing, free of charge to the public (wheee!). An Arts Project programme sprawling across the venue (the highlight!) with a range of work from Indian and international artists will feature the first public sound-art project to be launched in India…”Listen Up!”. A curated VIP programme, in collaboration with public institutions, galleries and private art organisations will be held for visiting collectors and museums.
And that’s just skimming through it. If you’re in Delhi/planning to go to Delhi/looking for a reason to go to Delhi/don’t want to go to Delhi ever, the 6th edition of the Art Fair should give you plenty of reasons to be in Delhi. If you still don’t want to go to Delhi despite having plenty of reasons, you’re a lazy slob. Or you’re a lazy slob. Or you’re both of those and me.