Manisha Gera Baswani

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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/watch?v=c5KFKWL9U5U).

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

EDUCATION

1992

Master in Fine Arts, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi

1990

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi

Bachelors in French language- Alliance Francaise de Delhi

SOLO SHOWS

2017

‘Fireline’, a solo presentation at the Gallery Espace booth-India Art fair, New Delhi

2015

Sanat Gallery Karachi

2012 

‘Hope is the Thing with Feathers ‘Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2007 

‘Land  Beyond Time’ Palette Gallery, New Delhi

2005

‘Roots and Wings’ Chemould Gallery, Mumbai

2003 

‘Contemporary Traditions’ Solo Show. Shridharani Gallery,  New Delhi

2001

Solo Show. Apparao Galleries, Chennai

2000

Solo Show. Chemould Gallery and Fine art Resource, Mumbai

1994 

Solo Show. Shridharani Gallery, Triveni, New Delhi

Group Shows

2019

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.

2018

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

2017

Botany Of Desire,Curator Roohi Ahmed,Karachi

2016

Revisiting Beauty – Group Show Threshold Gallery

2014

Drawing – Seven Decades of Indian Drawing, Gallery Espace

2012

Narratives of the Self, Gallery Espace

2011

Fabular Bodies, Curator Gayatri Sinha, Harmony Foundation

2007

De-Sizing, Curator: Anupa Mehta, NCPA

2007

Telling it like this’, The Indian Story in London, Gallery Espace

2006 

Paper Flute, Curator: M L Jonny, Gallery Espace

2005 

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

2004 

Generation 1‚ Gallery Guild & Saffron Art, Curator: Girish Shahane

Anticipation‚ Fine Art Resource

2003

Contemporary Miniatures‚ Fine Art Resource, Berlin

2002

In Conversation‚ Gallery Espace. Curator: Gayatri Sinha

2000

Nayika, Group Show. Curator: Anupa Mehta, Tao Art Gallery

1999

Watermark‚ Group Show. Fine Art Resource

Kala Ghoda‚ Art Festival

1995 

2 Persons Show. Gallery Schoo, Amsterdam, Holland

1992

National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy

PROJECTS

POSTCARDS FROM HOME

2019

Indian Art Fair –Special Project

Jindal University

2018

Invited Collateral at Kochi Biennale sponsored by Kiran Nader Museum

2017

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)

CURATORIAL PROJECT 

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

2015

Subtextual Documentalists curated by Rekha Rodwitiya at SITE space Baroda

2014 

Kochi Biennale – sponsored by Kiran Nader Museum and supported by Saffron Art

Art Chennai, Curated by Girish Shahane

2012 

Devi Foundation, India Art Fair

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS

2008-16

Invited as jury to Myanmar by Tun Foundation.

1996 

Selection, Bharat Bhawan Biennale

1995-97 

Junior Fellowship, Government of India

1993

French Government Scholarship to study at Paris

1991-93 

National Scholarship, Govt. of India, Supervisor: Prof. A. Ramachandran Nair

WORK EXPERIENCE

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.

1994-1996

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.

 

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