Curator of the 5th Mardin Biennial: Adwaıt Sıngh
Adwait Singh is
an independent curator, theorist and editor based out of New Delhi. His work frequently
weaves together strands of inquiry pertaining to subjectivity formation, gender
and sexuality, posthumanism, contemporary technogenesis and ecofeminism.
Shortly after completing his Masters at Goldsmiths, he seized the opportunity
to be a part of the
Students’ Biennale (Kochi, 2016) and has since facilitated different art
projects and workshops for/with young artistic practitioners across India for
various non-profit organisations. Recent curations include ‘Caressing History’
— a group show investigating the possibility of a body-based historiography for
Prameya Art Foundation (New Delhi, 2018); and ‘Mutarerium’ — a project at
Mumbai Art Room that examines other-than-human evolutionary timelines taking
the sixth extinction as its point of departure (Mumbai, 2019). As an art writer
Adwait has been devoting his time theorising and documenting independent
exhibitions and alternative art practices.
- 2014-2015 MA Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths, London
- 2013-2014 MA History and Philosophy of Art, University of Kent, Canterbury
- 2010-2013 BA (Hons) History, Hans Raj College, Delhi University
- 2008-2010 Higher Secondary School Certificate (AISSE) D.P.S. R.K. Puram, New Delhi
- 2007-2008 Secondary School Certificate (ICSE), St. Peter’s College, Agra.
Awards and Achievements:
- Have been awarded the CLICK Residency Sofia by the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation and the Goethe-Institute Bulgaria for July-August 2019.
- Have been awarded a curatorial grant by Inlaks India Foundation to realize a project at Mumbai Art Room in June- August 2019.
- Have been offered a residency as a part of the Helsinki International Curatorial Program (HICP) in partnership with Frame Contemporary Art Finland for June 2018.
- Have been awarded an International Research Programme (Visual Arts) grant by The Danish Arts Foundation in 2017.
- Was invited for a residency at FRANK, Oslo in Spring 2017.
- Was selected for a curatorial fellowship by the Kochi Biennale Foundation for the year 2016-17.
- Was featured in the top international young curators list, in Vogue Art Report 2016 (India).
- Was selected for a research residency in Cuba by the School of Arts, University of Kent for the year 2014 (Spring).
- 10/2018 – 03/2019 Facilitator of Programing at Prameya Art Foundation, New Delhi
- 04/2016 – 09/2017 Assistant Editor at TAKE on art Magazine, New Delhi
- 11/2015 – 03/2017 Young Curator at the Kochi Biennale Foundation, New Delhi
- June – August 2019: Mutarerium – a project with emerging artists Mustafa Khanbhai, Priyanka D’Souza and Waylon D’Souza at Mumbai Art Room that examines other-than-human evolutionary timelines taking the sixth extinction as its point of reference.
- April 2018 : Caressing History – a group show investigating the notion of a body-based historiography at Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi. Participating artists include: Ariana Page Russell (USA), BR Shailesh (India), Chitra Ganesh (USA), Ester Fleckner (Denmark, Germany), E?va Magyaro?si (Hungary), Iwona Demko (Poland), Jacolby Satterwhite (USA), Khushbu Patel (India), Malgorzata Dawidek (Poland, UK), Mariam Ghani (USA), Mithu Sen (India), Neerja Kothari (India), Smitha Cariappa (India), Sunil Gupta (UK, India), Vidha Saumya (India).
- February – March 2018 : ‘Rendering Multitudes: C. Bhagyanath & Piyali Ghosh’, Gallery Latitude 28, new Delhi.
- July, October – November 2017 : ‘Dissensus’ – a travelling group exhibition presented by Latitude 28 at Bikaner House, New Delhi and Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh with artists Fay Ku, Waseem Ahmed, Khadim Ali, Veer Munshi, Priyanka D’Souza, Neda Tavallaee, Hit Man Gurung, and Gazi Nafis Ahmed.
- March 2017 : ‘Synapse’ – an interim group show at the culmination of my curatorial residency at Le cha?teau de La Napoule, France which materialised sites/shrines where a connection to the largest living assemblage, Gaia could be presenced.
- February – March 2017 : ‘G/rove’ – an international group show with practitioners such as The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Tanya Busse, Elin Vister, Rithika Merchant, Krishnaraj Chonat among others that examine the mythopoetic imperative of non-anthropocentric modalities of planet sharing at Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi.
- September – October 2016 : Forlorn Foe: Khadim Ali (co-curated with Anushka Rajendran), Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi.
- October 2016 : Reenactment as a mode of ‘reading’ – a performance art workshop with students from Banaras Hindu University and Shiv Nadar University, Varanasi.
- July 2016 : The Falling Leaf: On Entropic Currents (a collaborative proposition by the students from College of Art, New Delhi) Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi.
- December 2015 – March 2017 : The Students’ Biennale 2016, Kochi.
- “Trial and Error” in Art India magazine, March 2019.
- “House of Disquiet” in Art India magazine, March 2019.
- “Regimes of Truth” in Take On Art Magazine, Volume. 4, Issue 2, January – June 2019.
- “Model for Invisible Growth” in Take On Art Magazine, Volume. 4, Issue 2, January – June 2019.
- “Sounding the Alarm” in Art India magazine, January 2019.
- “Staying with the Sirens: On the Resilience of the Past” in Resiliencia: Residencia Arti?stica (Brasil)’s catalog, 2018.
- “Monuments of the Contemporary” in Take On Art Magazine, Volume. 4, Issue 1, January – June 2018.
- Review of ‘The City: Janus Faced’ in Art Asia Pacific, 2018. http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/WebExclusives/AnoliPereraTheCityJanusFaced
- “Summons to the Witch: Hyperstition in the Age of Incredulity” in Take On Art Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 2, July – December 2017.
- “Encounters of the Remote Kind: Temporal Flicker” in in Take On Art Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 2, July – December 2017.
- “Requiem for the Apocalypse: Conversation with AES+F” in Take On Art Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 1, January – June 2017.
- “Verging: Conversation with Shilpa Gupta” in Take On Art Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 2, July – December 2016.