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Jackfruit Research & Design / Talks & Essays

Launch of Peaking Duck Diaries & Speaking Duck Annapurna Garimella | 17th May 2013

Peaking Duck is a Bangalore based network of inter-disciplinary, like-minded creative practitioners who have come together towards a common vision and goal. The network has been started to joyfully celebrate our creative passions instead of lamenting our limitations and the paths we have yet to traverse. The network acknowledges that we as artists always seek to intensify our individual and collective experiences — with an aim to keep peaking. To do so collectively would allow us to hope and imagine a Bangalore which would move beyond the half promises we have so far witnessed. This is why we have decided to call ourselves the “peaking duck” network.

Locating Folk Art in the world of Art, Design and Commerce | Piramal Museum of Art

Locating Folk Art in the world of Art, Design and Commerce This panel discussion hosted at the Piramal Museum of Art, Lower Parel, addresses the transforming role and visibility of Indian craft in contemporary times through the initiative of designers, auction houses and galleries. It engages with the increasing financial transactions surrounding craft and the inherent unevenness surrounding the same since the popularity of craft ensures that it finds a place in designer stores and auction houses as well as in craft melas and rural markets. However there are complex issues here regarding authorship, tradition and creativity that need to be taken into consideration while dealing with the economics of craft. These issues form the core points of discussion in the panel moderated by art historian and curator Dr.Annapurna Garimella. Speakers: Mr. Amit Kumar Jain – Associate Vice President of Saffronart Ms. Nancy Adajania – Cultural Theorist and Curator Ms. Radhi Parekh – Founder of ARTISANS’ Moderated by Dr. Annapurna Garimella

Melbourne Art Fair 2012 Lecture and Forums: The Vernacular Contemporary: Annapurna Garimella

Melbourne Art Fair 2012 Lecture and Forums: The Vernacular Contemporary: Annapurna Garimella
Annapurna Garimella
 Director of Jackfruit Research and Design | Melbourne Art FaIr Lectures and Forums curated by Helen Hughes

 Contemporary vernacular art in India includes craft, folk, tribal, ritual, temple, classical, domestic, self-taught and sometimes popular art forms and practices. This umbrella category sees and produces a collaborative and conflictual relationship between these various art forms and also acknowledges the inherent diversity of the vernacular art sphere, while also positioning them in a critical, questioning relationship with the prevalent idea of the contemporary. Garimella will discuss these issues through the history of exhibitions and specific curatorial practices in modern, post-Independence India and conclude by thinking about how contemporary vernacular and Anglophone artists engage with the idea of the vernacular.

Dr Annapurna Garimella at the Experimenter Curators’ Hub 2012

Dr. Annapurna Garimella is a designer and an art historian who focuses on the art and architecture of India and is based in Bangalore, India. She heads Jackfruit, a research and design organization, with a specialized portfolio of design and curatorial projects for artists, museums, government and private organizations and non-profits. Jackfruit’s most recent project is Vernacular, in the Contemporary for Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.  She is also founder of Art, Resources and Teaching Trust, a not-for-profit organization that gathers resources and promotes research and teaching in art and architectural history, archaeology, crafts, design, and other related disciplines in academic and non-academic fora. She was the former Research Editor and Advisory Board Member for Marg Publications and is currently on the board of the S N School of Art and Communication, University of Hyderabad. She has written several essays on contemporary art and edited and contributed to two volumes, Shaping the Indian Modern on the work of Mulk Raj Anand and along with Bhanu Padamsee, Akbar Padamsee: Work in Language.