MedMeme, LLC Sponsoring Fine Arts Photography Show in India of New York-based Photographer Pratima Naithani

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The solo show opens in two of India’s largest, most respected galleries, first March 8th in New Delhi at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Center, followed by an April 6th opening at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. The curator is Mr. Vikas Harish.

New York City-based fine arts photographer Pratima Naithani is making the transition from west to east with the opening of her first solo shows in two of India’s largest and most respected galleries. Beginning in March 2006 at the Visual Arts Gallery at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi and quickly making its way to the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai in April, Naithani’s show will display two back-to-back series revolving around her love and fascination for Indian film and art history. This will be one of the few solo exhibitions of an international artist to show in India and is being welcome with great praise from the Indian press. Once its run in India is over, Naithani’s show will continue on in Europe, touring cities such as Paris and London.

Rarely does an international photographer make such a seamless crossover into the Indian art world at such a young age. Naithani, who is of Indian and El Salvadorian descent, graduated from New York’s prestigious School of Visual Arts in 2003 and her work since can be seen in Visionaire World 41 annual collectors’ book and seven group shows in New York, including this past winter’s Fatal Love presentation from the Asia Society.

About the galleries

Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Center, New Delhi

(March 8th – March 12th, 2006 )

The Indian Habitat Centre in New Dehli has become the center of contemporary cultural events. Its Visual Arts Gallery catapulted India into the midst of Euro-American art expositions and has been distinguished by path breaking, seminal and prestigious events that have proven successful. The contemporary and traditional exist side-by-side and proves that modern India is truly multi-layered and multicultural.

Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

(April 6th – 12th, 2006)

The Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, located in the compound of the Prince of Wales Museum, is one of the most sought-after venues for artists to showcase their work. A mammoth institution in itself, its history is directly linked with the renaissance of Indian art. The gallery displays both past and contemporary art and promotes the national movement of contemporary visual arts.

About the curator:

Vikas Harish is a Charles Wallace, INLAKS and a French Government Fellowship scholar. Having finished an MA Museology at the National Museum Institute, New Delhi, he pursued courses in Material Culture Interpretation and Communication at the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester and conducted research in potential of museums to promote material culture awareness at premier museums in India and in the UK, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. He returned to design and commence the museology course at the Deccan College Post-graduate and Research Institute in Pune. Following this he practised museum education in England, and created Nature Interpretation Centres, Heritage Museums in India apart from curating art and heritage exhibitions, including 'The Bronze Treasures of the National Museum'. He has worked with various NGOs for their non formal education and communication projects, eminently as the consultant for planning for environment education project of the WWF-India and India Canada Environment Facility.

He was the Museologist and Co-ordinator for the Picasso: Métamorphoses 1900-1972, a premier exhibition of the grand master brought to India by the Embassy of France in India and the Department of Culture, Government of India, which was followed by coordinating cultural manifestations and curate contemporary art exhibitions for the Delegation General of Alliance Françaises in India. He was also the museologist for the Crossing Currents, a pioneer contemporary video art show comprising Dutch and Indian artists. He has since contributed curatorial skills for art and culture interpretation in India, France and in Sri Lanka.

He was awarded the French government scholarship to undertake research at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the University of Avignon in the pluridisciplinarity of the arts. He was on the curatorial panel for a contemporary art show “Carte blanche à Valère Novarina, la parole opère l’espace”. Having finished a Diplôme d’étude supérieur spécialisée in arts and cultural management, he currently undertakes research in the interpretative relations that exist in art forms and its communication at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

He has been lecturing on arts aesthetics, material culture interpretation and communication in India, France and in Sri Lanka.

He also represents India on the Executive Council of the Commonwealth Association Museums.


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Yan Barshay


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