Manisha Gera Baswani
Manisha Gera Baswani is a painter, photographer and occasional writer.
Manisha’s visual language is defined by an assertiveness that makes visible the universe of the mind, not just that of the eye. Her works offer the viewer different encounters, each of them treated with great painterly precision. Her compositions deal with spatial geometries and move towards abstraction of realistic details. Though her elements are a representation of the mundane, she imbues each with an imaginative possibility of colour and form, transforming them into the exotic. Each rhythmic composition she creates becomes a testimony to her joy in the act of painting.
Manisha has also been working on a photography project, ‘Artist through the lens’, for the last 17 years. The ongoing project focuses on photographing Indian and Pakistani artists in their studios and creative spaces. An extension of this is ‘Postcards from Home’, a project on the Partition of India. Manisha’s parents came to India from Pakistan in 1947 when India was partitioned, and even now recall with love their ‘home’ lost . This emotion was the seed that grew into ‘Postcards from Home’. The project comprises 47 artists from Pakistan and India who share a connection with pre–Partition India. The ‘postcards’ feature the artists photographed in their creative spaces, along with short texts about what tugs at their heart when they reminisce about the ‘home’ lost. Manisha has even delivered a TEDx talk on the genesis, the spirit and evolution of ‘Postcards From Home’ (https://www.youtube.com/
She also writes a regular photo essay, ‘Fly on the Wall’, in the leading Indian art quarterly ‘Take on Art’, besides the occasional piece on her practice, on art and artists for various magazines and journals. She has also recently curated a show of the senior artist and her teacher, A Ramachandran, ‘The Changing Mood of the Lotus Pond and Insignificant Incarnations’.
She lives in Gurgaon with her husband and two sons.
Manisha Gera Baswani
Master in Fine Arts, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi
Bachelors in French language- Alliance Francaise de Delhi
‘Fireline’, a solo presentation at the Gallery Espace booth-India Art fair, New Delhi
Sanat Gallery Karachi
‘Hope is the Thing with Feathers ‘Gallery Espace, New Delhi
‘Land Beyond Time’ Palette Gallery, New Delhi
‘Roots and Wings’ Chemould Gallery, Mumbai
‘Contemporary Traditions’ Solo Show. Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
Solo Show. Apparao Galleries, Chennai
Solo Show. Chemould Gallery and Fine art Resource, Mumbai
Solo Show. Shridharani Gallery, Triveni, New Delhi
Karachi Biennale, ‘Flight Interrupted : Eco leaks from the Invasion Desk’ Curator Mohd Zeeshan
Sightings-Out of the Wild, Curator Roobina Karoda Kiran Nader Museum
The Painted Almanac- Group Show Threshold gallery.
Hashiya – contributors- Salima Hashmi,Dr BN Goswamy and Kavita Singh,Anant Gallery
Verdant Memory – Group Show Threshold Gallery
Luminosity Between Eternities,Curator Waswo X Waswo Ark Gallery Baroda
Botany Of Desire,Curator Roohi Ahmed,Karachi
Revisiting Beauty – Group Show Threshold Gallery
Drawing – Seven Decades of Indian Drawing, Gallery Espace
Narratives of the Self, Gallery Espace
Fabular Bodies, Curator Gayatri Sinha, Harmony Foundation
De-Sizing, Curator: Anupa Mehta, NCPA
Telling it like this’, The Indian Story in London, Gallery Espace
Paper Flute, Curator: M L Jonny, Gallery Espace
Making of Divinity, Curator: Ina Puri, Sakshi Gallery
Ritu‚ Gallery Anant, Curator: Prof. B. N. Goswamy, Triveni
Identity, Alienation, & Amity. Curated by Bina Sarkar Ellias, Tao Art Gallery
Generation 1‚ Gallery Guild & Saffron Art, Curator: Girish Shahane
Anticipation‚ Fine Art Resource
Contemporary Miniatures‚ Fine Art Resource, Berlin
In Conversation‚ Gallery Espace. Curator: Gayatri Sinha
Nayika, Group Show. Curator: Anupa Mehta, Tao Art Gallery
Watermark‚ Group Show. Fine Art Resource
Kala Ghoda‚ Art Festival
2 Persons Show. Gallery Schoo, Amsterdam, Holland
National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy
POSTCARDS FROM HOME
Indian Art Fair –Special Project
Invited Collateral at Kochi Biennale sponsored by Kiran Nader Museum
Inaugural Lahore Biennale, Lahore, sponsored by Kiran Nader Museum. Faiz festival, Lahore
TED-X TALK on ‘Postcards From Home’ (Manisha TEDx talk POSTCARDS FROM HOME)
Curated a solo exhibition of my guru A Ramachandran, ‘The Changing Mood of the Lotus Pond and Insignificant Incarnations’ for Vadehra Gallery in 2018
ARTIST THROUGH THE LENS
Subtextual Documentalists curated by Rekha Rodwitiya at SITE space Baroda
Kochi Biennale – sponsored by Kiran Nader Museum and supported by Saffron Art
Art Chennai, Curated by Girish Shahane
Devi Foundation, India Art Fair
Invited as jury to Myanmar by Tun Foundation.
Selection, Bharat Bhawan Biennale
Junior Fellowship, Government of India
French Government Scholarship to study at Paris
National Scholarship, Govt. of India, Supervisor: Prof. A. Ramachandran Nair
Write a regular column, ‘Fly on the wall’, for the Indian art quarterly ‘Take on Art’ around the photo project ‘Artist through the Lens’, carrying the viewer through my intimate visual journey of the contemporary Indian art scene
I occasionally interview and write on art and artists in leading Indian magazines and newspapers.
I worked as Senior Artist at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) for a Multi-Media project on Gita Govinda, the 13th century poem written by Jayadeva, under the supervision of Dr Kapila Vatsyayan. The project has travelled to major museums and art institutes of the world.
My works are in leading collections in India and abroad.