COGNITALKS 2018
CENTRE FOR COGNITIVE SCIENCE
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, IIT GANDHINAGAR, INDIA
ANNUAL SEMINAR

'Insights about human cognition are increasingly influencing modern science, art and design. New technologies are beginning to incorporate principles of how we perceive the world, learn and remember information, make decisions and interact with the environment. We believe in expanding our knowledge about cognitive science by incorporating ideas from different disciplines.

Through this event, we aim to provide a platform for interaction between experts studying human cognition from different perspectives. This year, we have invited an eclectic group of experts to engage in a discussion.'







RESEARCH RESIDENCY, EP SPACES, ABERDEEN
EDINBURGH PRINTMAKERS, SCOTLAND 2018

Sonia Mehra Chawla will undertake the research arm of her artistic residency at EP Spaces Aberdeen, in Summer, 2018.
The research residency in 2018 is part of a long-term project with Edingburgh Printmakers Scotland. (2018-2020) Supported by Creative Scotland.







SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA IS PART OF INDIA'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL PRINT BIENNALE 2018

Sonia Mehra Chawla is part of India's first International Print Biennale 2018, hosted by India's National Academy of Art, the Lalit Kala Akademi, India. The exhibition will open at the Rabindra Bhavan Galleries of the Akademi in New Delhi in March 2018, comprising a total of 200 original prints created by Indian and international artists from 20 countries.







THE SALT LAB
THE UNDIVIDED MIND
ART+SCIENCE, EDITION III

Art+Science Grant Award + International residency+ Open Studio
Khoj International Artists' Association + Wellcome Trust UK/DBT India Alliance

Sonia Mehra Chawla's recent body of works on view at Khoj Studios probe cultural, philosophical and ethical questions connected with scientific and technological research. Drawing data and vital information from the fields of Transgenic Biotechnology, Microbiology and Eco-technology, the artistic investigation speculates about a future where the transgenic becomes vital for human survival. The body of works interrogate the dichotomies between the nature of speculation, thought and action, as well as connections across and tensions between the structures of power that order inclusion and exclusion at different moments in time.







ART-SCIENCE-FICTION: WORLDMAKING IN THE CONTACT ZONE

Art+Science day-long seminar presented by Khoj International Artists' Association and Mithila Review, as a part of the third edition of 'The Undivided Mind'.

If both Science and Art engage in worldmaking, in proposing structures for making sense of the real, science-fiction is a critical faultline in tracing the different sorts of worldmaking at play. The artwork, the book, the film, etc are worlds that can be inhabited. Science and Art produce different kinds of truths, suggesting ways of living and modes of action. The seminar seeks to explore the ligatures in art-science and science-fiction as contact zones and investigate the shifting borderlands between art and science as contact zones through which our worlds can be made and remade.







SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE ART+ SCIENCE GRANT AWARD 2017-18 INSTITUTED BY KHOJ INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS' ASSOCIATION INDIA, SUPPORTED BY THE WELLCOME TRUST UK & DBT INDIA ALLIANCE.

Sonia Mehra Chawla has been selected for the International Art+Science Grant Award 2017-2018 instituted by Khoj International Artists' Association and supported by the Wellcome Trust UK/ DBT India (Dept. of Biotechnology, India) Alliance.
The Art + Science programme is designed to advance projects that explore artistic applications of emerging thoughts and technologies with the help of partners from the scientific industry and academia.This year the Art + Science programme will engage emerging themes around science and technology.
The Grant includes a project research and development phase (2017-18), an International Artists' Residency, an exhibition/open studio and a related seminar in 2018. SEP 2017







WORKS BY SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, RAVI AGARWAL, RANBIR KALEKA, ARCHANA HANDE AND SONIA KHURANA WILL BE PRESENTED BY GIGI SCARIA IN A SYMPOSIUM AT ET4U DENMARK ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2017

The presentation is a part of 'On slippery grounds', curated by Gigi Scaria for'Meetings', a video and performance festival in Denmark's 7 municipalities in Mid and West Jutland (Herning, Lemvig, Struer, Holstebro, Ringkøbing-Skjern, Ikast-Brande, and Skive). The project is rooted in the association ET4U - Contemporary visual art projects mid & western Jutland - (www.et4u.dk), but in a broad collaboration with a number of cultural institutions in the area such as The Culture Agreement for Central and West Jutland (The Ministry of Culture) and European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017. SEP 2017










'ON SLIPPERY GROUNDS' CURATED BY GIGI SCARIA AT ET4U CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS PROJECTS OPENS TO AUDIENCES IN DENMARK ON SEPTEMBER I, 2017.

The project, exhibition and screenings are a part of 'Meetings', a video and performance festival in Denmark's 7 municipalities in Mid and West Jutland (Herning, Lemvig, Struer, Holstebro, Ringkøbing-Skjern, Ikast-Brande, and Skive). The project is rooted in the association ET4U - Contemporary visual art projects mid & western Jutland - (www.et4u.dk), but in a broad collaboration with a number of cultural institutions in the area such as The Culture Agreement for Central and West Jutland (The Ministry of Culture) and European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017. SEP 2017










ARTISTS' TALK BY SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA & EXHIBITION WALK-THROUGH BY ANDREA WELTZ, FOLLOWED BY IFA'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS ON JUNE 29, 2017 AT IFA STUTTGART.

Join Sonia Mehra Chawla at the ifa-galerie on June 29 at 5pm as she talks about her work and how it responds to the central theme of the exhibition. The Artists' Talk will be followed by an exhibition walkthrough of 'A World in the City: Zoological and Botanic Gardens' by Art Historian Andrea Welz.

Ifa Summerfest celebrations on the occasion of the 100-year Jubilee begin at 6pm.








Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Institut For Foreign Cultural Relations, Germany


EIN WELT IN DER STADT: ZOOLOGISCHE UND BOTANISCHE GARTEN
'A WORLD IN THE CITY: ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANIC GARDENS'

INSTITUT FUR AUSLANDSBEZIEHUNGEN (INSTITUTE FOR FOREIGN CULTURAL RELATIONS, IFA) STUTTGART, GERMANY








EXHIBITION PROGRAMME:

OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 4, 2017

ARTISTS' AND CURATORS'S TALK: MAY 5, 2017

LECTURE PRESENTATION BY KAIWAN MEHTA ON 'SCIENCE AS ENTERTAINTMENT, SCIENCE AS AESTHETICS: CURATING 'A WORLD IN THE CITY': MAY 9, 2017

'A WORLD IN THE CITY: ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANIC GARDENS' CURATED BY KAIWAN MEHTA AT THE INSTITUT FUR AUSLANDSBEZIEHUNGEN (INSTITUTE FOR FOREIGN CULTURAL RELATIONS, IFA) STUTTGART, GERMANY WILL FEATURE WORKS BY FIVE CREATIVE PRACTITIONERS FROM INDIA, CANADA AND UK. THE EXHIBITION MARKS IFA'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY.








The exhibition will open to audiences this summer and showcase works by International contemporary artists Jitish Kallat, Sonia Mehra Chawla, Shelagh Keeley, Sahaj Rahal, and writer Ruth Padel.

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
IFA Gallery Stuttgart
Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart

MEHRA CHAWLA HAS BEEN INVITED TO BE PART OF A CURATED PROJECT AT THE INSTITUT FUR AUSLANDSBEZIEHUNGEN (INSTITUTE FOR FOREIGN CULTURAL RELATIONS, IFA) IN STUTTGART, GERMANY IN 2017. THE PROJECT MARKS IFA'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY.



IFA IS SUPPORTED BY THE FEDERAL FOREIGN OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE STATE OF BADEN- WURTTEMBERG & ITS CAPITAL STUTTGART.








IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is committed to peaceful and enriching coexistence between people and cultures worldwide. IFA promotes art and cultural exchange in exhibitions, dialogue and conference programs. As a competence centre for international cultural relations, IFA connects civil societies, cultural practices, art, media and science. IFA initiates, moderates and documents discussions on international cultural relations. The IFA has a global network and counts on long-term cooperation.

IFA is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of Baden-Württemberg and its capital Stuttgart.

'PLANES OF EXPERIENCE, ZONES OF ACTION' AT GOETHE INSTITUT, MUMBAI, IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH 'STATE OF HOUSING' A SEMINAR CURATED BY RANJIT HOSKOTE, RAHUL MEHROTRA & KAIWAN MEHTA.










PLANES OF EXPERIENCE, ZONES OF ACTION

CURATED BY KAIWAN MEHTA
GALLERY MMB
GOETHE INSTITUT, MAX MUELLER BHAVAN
MUMBAI
3-16 FEBRUARY 2017
PART OF THE URBAN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE SECTION AT THE KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

Artists:
GIGI SCARIA, SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, SAHEJ RAHAL, VISHWA SHROFF, PRATAP MOREY, SAMIT DAS, BHAGYASHREE SUTHAR, KARL BLOSSFEDLT


CRITICAL MEMBRANE EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH ON
FEBRUARY 4, 2017










SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA
CRTICAL MEMBRANE

EXHIBIT 320, NEW DELHI
ADVISED BY RANJIT HOSKOTE
SUPPORTED BY MSSRF INDIA

GALLERY NIGHT @ LADO SARAI ON FEBRUARY 4, 2017
EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH 5.30 PM

COCKTAILS: 6.30-9.30 PM (IAF VIP Card holders)
COLLATERAL EVENT OF INDIA ART FAIR 2017

MEHRA CHAWLA'S SOLO PROJECT 'CRITICAL MEMBRANE' FINDS A PLACE IN ART ASIA PACIFIC'S ALMANAC 2017, A COMPENDIUM OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ART EVENTS OF 2016










Art Asia Pacific's Almanac XII is a compendium of the most significant art events of 2016 and a look ahead at what's next in 2017.
Mehra Chawla's solo project 'Critical Membrane' at Exhibit 320, New Delhi (on view from November 2016 - February 2017), gets a mention among the most noteworthy art projects in India in the year 2016.

2017 MEHRA CHAWLA'S SOLO PROJECT 'CRITICAL MEMBRANE' IS FEATURED IN FRIEZE ART MAGAZINES 'CRITICS GUIDE' TO THE MOST NOTEWORTHY EXHIBITIONS IN THE INDIAN CAPITAL.










Sonia Mehra Chawla's solo project 'Critical Membrane' at Exhibit 320 gets featured in Frieze Art Magazine's 'Critics Guide' to the best shows in the Indian Capital, Just ahead of the India Art Fair.

'Chawla's thoughtfully presented show implores us to consider the purpose and preservation of life especially at this critical juncture where humanity no longer has the luxury of remaining ambivalent on effects of climate change.'

Article by Bharati Lalwani for Frieze Magazine, published on January 31, 2017


MEHRA CHAWLA'S PROJECT 'CRITICAL MEMBRANE' IS FEATURED IN ART ASIA PACIFIC'S REVIEW OF THE YINCHUAN BIENNALE 2016, CURATED BY BOSE KRISHNAMACHARI.










'The unattended devastation of vast mangrove forests featured in Sonia Mehra Chawla's immersive installation of serigraphs, UV prints and drawings on wood is compelling. '

Sonia Mehra Chawla's project 'Critical Membrane' at the Yinchual Biennale 2016, gets featured in Art Asia Pacific's review of the Yinchuan Biennale.

Review article by Bansie Vawani

Yinchuan Biennale
'For An Image Fater Than Light'
Curated by Bose Krishnamachari
Museum of Contemporary Art
Yinchuan, China

September-December 2016


COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF MEHRA CHAWLA'S PROJECT AT THE YINCHUAN BIENNALE IN AESTHETICA MAGAZINE UK










Sonia Mehra Chawla's project 'Critical Membrane' at the Yinchual Biennale 2016, gets prominently featured in UK's premier Art & Culture Magazine 'Aesthetica'.

Article by Bansie Vaswani

Yinchuan Biennale
'For An Image Fater Than Light'
Curated by Bose Krishnamachari
Museum of Contemporary Art
Yinchuan, China
September-December 2016


THE DELHI ITERATION OF MEHRA CHAWLA'S SOLO PROJECT 'CRITICAL MEMBRANE', ADVISED BY RANJIT HOSKOTE, WILL OPEN TO AUDIENCES IN NOVEMBER 2016. ON VIEW AT EXHIBIT 320, NEW DELHI UNTIL FEBRUARY 2017.










SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA
CRITICAL MEMBRANE

CURATORIAL ADVISER TO THE PROJECT: RANJIT HOSKOTE
SUPPORTED BY M S SWAMINATHAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION INDIA

@EXHIBIT 320, NEW DELHI
EXHIBITION DATES: 26 NOVEMBER 2016- 11 FEBRUARY 2017

PROJECT PREVIEW: YINCHUAN BIENNALE 2016, CHINA, SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2016


'CRITICAL MEMBRANE' ON VIEW AT YINCHUAN BIENNALE 2016, 'FOR AN IMAGE FASTER THAN LIGHT' CURATED BY BOSE KRISHNAMACHARI AT THE YINCHUAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, YINCHUAN, CHINA










'Critical membrane' is an artistic inquiry into the less explored, dynamic, fragile and fast depleting mangrove ecosystems of India. The mangrove belt is the 'membrane' between land and sea and is disappearing at faster rates than any other ecosystem on Earth. The mangroves provide a preview of the challenges ahead for ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots across the planet. These decaying ecosystems speak volumes about a living vicious cycle of depredation that is the tale of 21st century globalization. Mehra Chawla's research based works chronicle past histories, politics, the environment and economics of consumption.

YINCHUAN BIENNALE 2016
CURATED BY BOSE KRISHNAMACHARI

ON VIEW FROM 9 SEPTEMBER- 18 DECEMBER 2016
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, YINCHUAN
CHINA


2016 YINCHUAN BIENNALE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 'GATE OF THE SUN: BETWEEN THE MOUNTAIN AND THE RIVER'










Mehra Chawla's 'Critical Membrane' project was a part of ecological cultural theorist and curator Maya Kovskaya's presentation and a panel discussion on the 'provocations of the Anthropocene' at the 2016 Yinchuan Bienneale International Conference and Symposium on 10th September 2016. The panel also included Heather Davis, Lissette Olivares and Craig Yee.

'Staying With The Trouble: Transformative Visual Cultures, Speculative Storytelling and Manifestos of Response-ability in the Anthropocene'.


MEHRA CHAWLA'S RESEARCH-BASED PROJECT 'CRITICAL MEMBRANE' TO PREVIEW AT YINCHUAN BIENNALE 2016, 'FOR AN IMAGE FASTER THAN LIGHT' CURATED BY BOSE KRISHNAMACHARI AT THE YINCHUAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, YINCHUAN, CHINA










'Critical membrane' is an artistic inquiry into the less explored, dynamic, fragile and fast depleting mangrove ecosystems of India. The mangrove belt is the 'membrane' between land and sea and is disappearing at faster rates than any other ecosystem on Earth. The mangroves provide a preview of the challenges ahead for ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots across the planet. These decaying ecosystems speak volumes about a living vicious cycle of depredation that is the tale of 21st century globalization. Mehra Chawla's research based works chronicle past histories, politics, the environment and economics of consumption.

YINCHUAN BIENNALE 2016
CURATED BY BOSE KRISHNAMACHARI
SEPTEMBER- DECEMBER 2016
MOCA YINCHUAN
CHINA


E-FLUX ANNOUNCEMENTS- YINCHUAN BIENNALE 2016, 'FOR AN IMAGE, FASTER THAN LIGHT', 74 PARTICIPATING INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS' ANNOUNCED.










'Sonia Mehra Chawla invited to participate in the first edition of the Yinchuan Biennale curated by Bose Krishnamachari to be held at the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art in China from Septmber to December 2016.

Yinchuan Biennale, hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan) will be held from September 9th to December 18th, 2016. Titled 'For an Image, Faster Than Light', the inaugural edition will witness 74 international artists from 34 countries representing all facets of the global spectrum. The Biennale proposes to create a discourse on all the conflicts that the world is currrently confronted with and perhaps make possible propositions throught a global creative confluence.

Participants include Ai Weiwei (China), Andrew Miller (Scotland), Anish Kapoor (England), Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (US), Boedi Widjaja (Singapore), Brook Andrew (Australia), Cao Fei (China),Hicham Berrada (Morocco), Lisa Reihana (New Zealand), Mary Ellen Carroll (US), Riyas Komu (India), Robert Montgomery (Scotland), Mohammed Kazem (UAE), Sherman Ong (Malaysia/Singapore), Slavs and Tatars (Iran/Poland), Song Dong (China), Sudarshan Shetty (India) and Yoko Ono (Japan) among others.


MEHRA CHAWLA IS AN INVITED SPEAKER AND PANELIST FOR 'ART, ECOLOGY & PRESERVATION' AT THE KALA GHODA LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2016, CURATED BY RANJIT HOSKOTE & ASAD LALLJEE










'ECO ARTISTS - CHRONICLING INDIA'S ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS THROUGH DIVERSE ART FORMS'

A PANEL DISCUSSION ON ART, ECOLOGY & PRESERVATION WITH RAVI AGARWAL, SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, MEERA SUBRAMANIAN & ARATI KUMAR RAO

Artist's Center, Ador House
Mumbai, India

Kala Ghoda art festival is supported by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (foremerly Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai), avid learning, david sasoon library & reading room.


MEHRA CHAWLA IS FEATURED IN VERVE MAGAZINE'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE- COLLECTORS EDITION- ON HYBRID ART PRACTICES IN INDIA

THE HYBRID LIFE: A CHANGE OF ART










From brushstrokes to music beats, here's how the arts are evolving into cross-bred creations...

Sonia Mehra Chawla is featured in Verve Magazine's 20th Anniversary Issue- Collectors Edition, along with Jitish Kallat, Reena Kallat, Riyas Komu and music Maestro Zakir Hussain.

Article by Huzan Tata


EIN BAUM IST EIN BAUM IST EIN BAUM

THE TREE IN THE ART OF THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY, CURATED BY DR PROF. HERWIG GURATZCH & KIRSTEN NORDAHL PREMIERS AT BECK & EGGELING, DUSSELDORF ON FRIDAY, NOV 6, 2015.
THE EXHIBITION INCLUDES SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA'S WORKS FROM THE 'SCAPELANDS' SERIES.










INVITED ARTISTS INCLUDE MAGDELINA ABAKANOWICTZ, SIGMAR POLKE, SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, GEORG BASELITZ,HEINZ MACK, DESMOND LAZARO, OSKAR KOKOSCHKA, RICHARD MOSSE, THOMAS STRUTH, ROBERT SCHAD, THOMAS WREDE, RENE MAGRITTE, AUGUST MACKE, VICTOR KRAUS, LIEKO IKIMURA, HERIBERT C OTTERSBACH, PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU, AND KATIE HOLTEN

BECK & EGGELING
BILKER STRASSE 5 & 4-6 (INNENHOF)
D 40213 DUSSELDORF
GERMANY
2015 - 16


TALK BY DR. PROF HERWIG GURATZCH ON THE OCCASION OF THE PREVIEW OF EIN BAUM IST EIN BAUM IST EIN BAUM, AT 7.30 PM ON NOVEMBER 6, 2015, AT GALERIE BECK & EGGELING, DUSSELDORF, GERMANY.










THE COMPREHENSIVE EXHIBITION ON TREE ECOLOGY, MORPHOLOGY AND METAPHOR INCLUDES WORKS BY ARTISTS' MAGDELINA ABAKANOWICTZ, SIGMAR POLKE, SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, GEORG BASELITZ,HEINZ MACK, DESMOND LAZARO, OSKAR KOKOSCHKA, RICHARD MOSSE, THOMAS STRUTH, ROBERT SCHAD, THOMAS WREDE, RENE MAGRITTE, AUGUST MACKE, DESMOND LAZARO, VICTOR KRAUS, LIEKO IKIMURA, HERIBERT C OTTERSBACH, PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU, AND KATIE HOLTEN, AMONG OTHERS

BECK & EGGELING
BILKER STRASSE 5 & 4-6 (INNENHOF)
D 40213 DUSSELDORF
GERMANY


'SCAPELANDS: THE CONVERSATION' WITH SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, RANJIT HOSKOTE & GIGI SCARIA AT TARQ, MUMBAI, INDIA.










Visual Artists' Sonia Mehra Chawla and Gigi Scaria, and cultural theorist, Ranjit Hoskote, will explore ideas of the expedition as an artistic mode of interpreting real and imagined territories. Tying in their individual practices, the panelists will examine the strategies that inform us and remind us of the fragility of the natural world and the complexities of mapping existing and uncharted terrains. The discussion will be moderated by gallery director, Hena Kapadia.

The talk will be held in conjunction with Sonia Mehra Chawla's ongoing exhibition, Scapelands, at TARQ.


MEHRA CHAWLA IS AN INVITED SPEAKER AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL & CHARLES WALLACE INDIA TRUST AWARDEES PRESENTATION IN MUMBAI










SCHOLARS PRESENTATION AND PANEL DISCUSSION WITH: SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, BOSE KRSHNAMACHARI & ANUPAM SAH

MODERATED BY SHARON MEMIS, DIRECTOR WEST INDIA, BRITISH COUNCIL

British Council
Mumbai, India

Supported by Charles Wallace India Trust


SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, RANJIT HOSKOTE & GIGI SCARIA IN CONVERSATION AT TARQ, MUMBAI.










Join artists Sonia Mehra Chawla and Gigi Scaria, and cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote, as they explore ideas of the expedition as an artistic mode of interpreting real and imagined territories.

Thursday, 10th September 2015
6.30 pm
Tarq, Mumbai

On the occassion of the artists' solo presentation 'Scapelands'.

Supported by British Council India.


MEHRA CHAWLA'S SOLO PROJECT SCAPELANDS WILL BE ON VIEW AT TARQ, MUMBAI FROM AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2015.










THE EXHIBITION IS IN COLLABORATION WITH BRITISH COUNCIL INDIA & CHARLES WALLACE INDIA TRUST.




SCAPELANDS: EXHIBITION WALK THROUGH & CLOSING RECEPTION WITH SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA AND RICHARD ALFORD HOSTED BY BRITISH COUNCIL INDIA & EXHIBIT 320, NEW DELHI.










EXHIBITION WALK THROUGH & CLOSING RECEPTION WITH SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA AND RICHARD ALFORD, SECRETARY CHARLES WALLACE INDIA TRUST UK

Exhibit 320, New Delhi, India

Supported by British Council India & Charles Wallace India Trust


MEHRA CHAWLA IS A VISITING ARTIST AND RESEARCHER AT THE M S SWAMINATHAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION IN CHENNAI, INDIA, FOR HER FORTHCOMING PROJECTS ON COASTAL & MANGROVE ECOSYSTEMS OF INDIA.










M S SWAMINATHAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION INDIA (MSSRF)
Center for Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

The M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) was established in 1988 as a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M. S. Swaminathan with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987. The Foundation aims to accelerate use of modern science for agricultural and rural development for development and dissemination of technology to improve lives and livelihoods of tribal and rural communities.

MSSRF is one of the leading institutions in the country for Coastal Systems Research. The Coastal Systems Research Programme aims at integrating ecological security of coastal areas and livelihood security of coastal communities, in a mutually reinforcing manner, to achieve sustainable management of coastal resources.


MEHRA CHAWLA IS THE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT LONDON PRINT STUDIO, LONDON UK, FOR A RESEARCH BASED PROJECT AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIO PROGRAMME FACILITATED BY THE CHARLES WALLACE INDIA TRUST, BRITISH COUNCIL INDIA & BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION INDIA.










London Print Studio is an artist run non-for-profit artists' studio, workspace, publisher and contemporary art gallery based in West London that is exclusively dedicated to innovative fine art printmaking. Creative collaboration is at the heart of the studio's practice. London Print Studio has collaborated with and produced exclusive editions for several established and emerging artists across the globe including Lucien Freud, Gary Hume, Fiona Banner, Therese Oulton, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Terry Frost, Maggie Hambling, Adrian Wiszniewski and The Sex Pistols.


MEHRA CHAWLA IS AWARDED THE COVETED CHARLES WALLACE INDIA TRUST AWARD 2014- 2015 FOR VISUAL ARTS BY BRITISH COUNCIL INDIA, CHARLES WALLACE INDIA TRUST & BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION, INDIA.










Sonia Mehra Chawla is the recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Award for Visual arts 2014-15. Charles Wallace India Trust supports excellence in the field of visual art through research and innovative practice. CWIT enables Indians in the early to mid stages of their careers to spend time in the UK, helping them to achieve artistic, academic and professional ambitions and to broaden their international contacts. British Council India and British High Commission India advise on CWIT's work and gives valuable administrative support.

Charles Wallace India Trust and British Council India will support Chawla's research based project and professional visit to London Print Studio in London UK.


MEHRA CHAWLA IS INVITED AS AN INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER & PANELIST FOR SCAD DEFINE ART FESTIVAL 2013 ORGANIZED BY SCAD MUSEUM & SCAD UNIVERSITY HK, IN COLLABORATION WITH 10 CHANCERY LANE GALLERY HK.










ARTISTS' PRESENTATIONS & PANEL DISCUSSION WITH SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, LAM WAI KIT, AND PROF. GRANT PREISSER, ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT SCAD UNIVERSITY, HONG KONG.

MODERATED BY KATIE DE TILLY, CURATOR & DIRECTOR 10 CHANCERY LANE GALLERY HK

10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

Presented by SCAD Museum & SCAD University, Hong Kong


'METAMORPHOSING FEMALES & UNCHARTED TERRAINS', TALK & EXHIBITION WALK THROUGH BY KATJA OTT, GALLERY DIRECTOR, BECK & EGGELING INTERNATIONAL FINE ARTS.










TALK & GALLERY WALK THROUGH BY KATJA OTT, GALLERY DIRECTOR, BECK & EGGELING INTERNATIONAL FINE ARTS

ON THE OCCASION OF SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA'S SOLO PRESENTATION

BECK & EGGELING INTERNATIONAL FINE ARTS
DUSSELDORF


INDIA AWAKENS UNDER THE BANYAN TREE: SYMPOSIUM AND WALKTHROUGH AT ESSL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, KLOSTERNEUBERG, AUSTRIA










SYMPOSIUM & WALK THROUGH WITH THE CURATOR AND ARTISTS

KEY SPEAKERS: DR ALKA PANDE (CURATOR) & PROF. KARLHEINZ ESSL
ARTISTS: SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA, SHREYAS KARLE, BAPTIST COELHO, VIBHA GALHOTRA,
ZULEIKHA ALLANA & MANISH CHAUDHURI, ANTONIO PURI

ESSL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
KLOSTERNEUBERG, VIENNA
AUSTRIA


MEHRA CHAWLA'S WORKS 'THE PREGNANT SEAHORSE' & 'UNCHARTED TERRAINS', BOTH A PART OF THE COMPREHENSIVE EXHIBITION 'INDIA AWAKENS:UNDER THE BANYAN TREE' FIND A PLACE IN THE PERMANENT ESSL COLLECTION, ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT COLLECTIONS OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE WORLD.










The Essl Collection is one of the most important collections of Austrian art since 1945 and one of the significant collections of contemporary art in Europe and other parts of the world. In the collection, Austrian art is found in great variety and depth and is put in an international context, which allows observation of trends and connections in the international art scene.

The collection was built by Agnes and Karlheinz Essl. For over 50 years, they have accompanied the careers and lives of Austrian and international artists - for them, direct interaction with the artists is a crucial point of collecting. The Essl collection is a significant cultural heritage of Austrian art since the second World War.

INDIA AWAKENS UNDER THE BANYAN TREE, CURATED BY DR ALKA PANDE IS ON VIEW AT THE ESSL MUSEUM FROM NOVEMBER 2009 TILL FEBRUARY 2010, AND PRESENTS 34 CURRENT POSITIONS IN INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ART.


MEHRA CHAWLA IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN 'INDIA AWAKENS: UNDER THE BANYAN TREE' CURATED BY ALKA PANDE AT THE ESSL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN AUSTRIA. THE AMBITIOUS PROJECT WILL PRESENT 34 CURRENT POSITIONS IN CONTEMPORARY INDIAN ART .










After the great success of Chalo India (2009), the Essl Museum presents the subsequent generation of contemporary Indian artists. Alongside paintings, sculpture and photography the exhibition will include spacious video installations and contemporary Tribal Art. The show will be inaugurated by a live performance by the artist team Zuleikha and Manish Chaudhari.

The exhibition INDIA AWAKENS Under the Banyan Tree at Essl Museum is the curated by Alka Pande will present current positions by 34 young and emerging indian artists including Hemi Bawa, Zulaikha Chaudhari, Baptist Coelho, Vibha Galhotra, Abhishek Hazra, Sonia Mehra Chawla, Riyas Komu, Shreyas Karle, Abir Karmakar, Suhasini Kejriwal, Georg Martin P.J., Kristine Michael, Sandip Pisalkar, Prajakta Potnis, Remen Chopra, Antonio Puri, Prasad Raghavan, Sumedh Rajendran, Bandeep Singh and Gautam Bhatia.


© sonia mehra chawla