Waswo X Waswo with R.Vijay

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Waswo X Waswo with R.Vijay

Waswo X. Waswo is a traveller, poet and photographer born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His works are immediately accessible to the viewer while at the same time contain within them layers of meaning. Having written poems, he wanted to translate them to visuals and this search led him to the traditional artist Rakesh Vijay.

R. Vijay (born Rakesh Vijayvargiya), is the grand nephew of historic Rajasthani painter Ramgopal Vijayvargiya. Rakesh was tutored by traditional miniaturists: Sukdev Singh Sisodiya and Laxmi Narayan Sikaligar.

A collaboration like this blended genres and played intelligently on themes such as history and contemporaneity and also, on identities. In the paintings, Waswo is the protagonist, and India becomes the subject of the work, painted by R. Vijay. Both artists extend their visual vocabulary in a style reminiscent of Mughal Miniatures Paintings and Nathdwara Pichwais. Here the miniatures are multi-layered and dense in their narratives with minute detailing. Part confessional and part comical, these miniatures are autobiographical, where Waswo’s presence becomes considerably more complex and representational.

Waswo, through the years has worked in collaboration with local artists and artisans, citing traditional images by re-inventing new representation to already established myths.

The work and lives of both artists has been a subject of the book, The Artful Life of R. Vijay, by Annapurna Garimella [Foreword by Dr. Kavita Singh].

Gallery Espace represents the Miniature Paintings by the artists.

Waswo X. Waswo’s work is part of collections at the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, USA; the Golda Meir Library, USA, Carrol College Art Archives, USA; Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi; the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai and others. In the US he and Vijay are represented by Aicon Gallery, New York.

The artists live and work in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

 

Waswo X Waswo

Born in 1953, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Lives and works in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

EDUCATION

2000

Studio Marangoni, The Center for Contemporary Photography-Florence, Italy

1983

Milwaukee Center for Photography, USA

1974

University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, USA

R. VIJAY 

Born in 1970, Rajasthan, India

Lives and works in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

EDUCATION

Tutored by Traditional Miniaturists: Sukhdev Singh Sisodiva and Laxmi Narayan Sikaligar

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Photowallah, Tasveer/Tarq, Mumbai

2016

Photowallah, Tasveer/National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Photowallah, Tasveer/Exhibit 320, New Delhi

2015

Waswo X. Waswo: Photographs, Gallerie Minsky, Paris

Confessions of an Evil Orientalist, Obscura Festival of Photography, Penan

A Day in the Country, Indigo Blue Art, Singapore, 2015

2014

Sleeping through the Museum, Official Collateral Project of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale

retro-spective, Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata

Hanuman – New Myths, Serindia Gallery Annex, Bangkok

Sleeping through the Museum, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

2013

Tinted by Tradition, Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

2012

May Be Removed at Will, Alliance Francaise de Delhi

2011

Confessions of an Evil Orientalist, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Tinted by Tradition, City Palace Museum, Udaipur
The Men of Rajasthan, Serindia Gallery, Bangkok

2010

New Myths, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai
A Studio in Rajasthan, Coromandel Art Gallery, Pondicherry

2009

A Studio in Rajasthan, Galleria Joyce, Genoa, Italy
A Studio in Rajasthan, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

2008

A Studio in Rajasthan, Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin

2007

India Poems: The Photographs of Waswo X Waswo, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, USA
India Poems: The Photographs, Kashi Art Cafe, Cochin

2006

India Poems: The Photographs, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
Photographs by Waswo X. Waswo, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai

2005

Waswo X. Waswo Photographs, Preservation Gallery, Milwaukee, USA

2004

India Poems: The Photographs of Waswo X. Waswo, West Zone Cultural Center, Udaipur
India Poems: The Photographs of Waswo X. Waswo, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

2003

India Poems: The Photographs, travelling exhibition at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Alliance Francaise de Goa, Alliance Francaise de Colombo and Alliance Francaise de Kandy, Sri Lanka

2002

Near & Far: Photographs by Waswo X. Waswo and Phil Fisher, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, USA

1999

Travels: Michael Koppa / Waswo X. Waswo, The Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, USA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

My Sweet Lord, Gallery 1×1, Dubai

2013

All You Need is Love, Mori Museum of Art, Tokyo
When High and Low Art Meet: A Tribute to Ravi Varma, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
Convergence: New Art from India and the Diaspora, William Benton Museum of Art, USA
Tagore Lost and Found, Art Konsult, New Delhi

2012

pREpellers, Gallery Art & Soul, Chennai

2011

Staging Selves: Power, Performativity and Portraiture, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Fabular Bodies: New Narratives in the Art of the Miniature, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

2010

Darmstadt Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany

2009

Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvelous Reality, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
The Calendar Art Project, Apparao Gallery, New Delhi

2004

Gallery Artists, Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2001

Winter Juried Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, USA

1999

Gallery Artists, Lakeshore Gallery, Shorewood, Wisconsin, USA

1998

Flash to Trash, Artcentric Gallery, Milwaukee, USA

1997

The Eye of the Camera, Ward Nasse Gallery, New York

1995

Interplay, Galleria del Conte, Milwaukee, USA

Publications

2015

The Artful Life of R. Vijay, Serindia Contemporary

2011

Men of Rajasthan, Serindia Contemporary, Chicago

2007

A Three Megapixel Journal, Lulu
European Journal, Lulu

2006

India Poems: The Photographs, Gallerie Publishers, Mumbai

2004

India Poems, Seventy-five Poems by the American Photographer, Rooftop Vistas, USA

ART FAIRS

2014

s-e-p-a-r-a-t-i-o-n-s, solo booth sponsored by Gallery Espace, India Art Fai

COLLECTIONS

The Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, USA
The Golda Meir Library, USA
Dr David Paris, USA
Carrol College Art Archives, USA
Mrs Pheroza Godrej, Mumbai
Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Patrick van Son Collection, Amsterdam
Jack and Kathleen Massey Collection, Australia

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