We are delighted to announce Prabhakar Pachpute's first institutional solo exhibition to open at the National Gallery of Modern Art (Mumbai) on 11 April 2016. The exhibition consists of site-specific sculptural interventions, shadow effects, and a wall-drawing around the perimeter of the dome gallery of the museum. Pachpute’s work is rooted in an investigation of mining labour and the way mining activity effects the natural and human landscape. Combining field research around the world and personal experience (Pachpute comes from a family of miners), with expressive and surreal imagery, the artist creates unexpected visions and encompassing installations. Land itself is under transformation, metamorphosing between different states of use and abandonment. The title, te tolanche dhaga navhate | no, it wasn’t the locust cloud is like an answer to a question, after the transformation of land.
Discursive program supported by the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation
The NGMA will host two discursive events on the occasion of the exhibition by Prabhakar Pachpute in the Dome Gallery of the NGMA (Mumbai) opening 11 April 2016. The events are hosted in the auditorium space of the NGMA and are free of charge and open to all.
From Caves to Multimedia. Art in architecture
Date: 1 April 2016
To be held in the NGMA auditorium.
Through a series of interviews, lectures and screenings, this event aims to introduce the work of Prabhakar Pachpute in a wider art-historical perspective, while, at the same time, inserting his practice within the idea of site-specificity and its relation to the museum and art institutions in general as sites of experiences.From farmers to miners, from miners to farmers
Speakers: Dr. Manisha Patil (Professor of Art History and former dean, Sir JJ School of Art, curator, member of the NGMA Advisory Committee), Nalini Malani (artist, Mumbai) and Johan Pijnappel (curator and art historian specialised in video art, Mumbai), Dr. Manjiri Thakoor (art historian specialised in rock-cut temples, Deputy Curator NGMA, Mumbai) Luca Cerizza (art historian and curator, Berlin/Mumbai) Zasha Colah (curator, Mumbai/Berlin) and Prabhakar Pachpute (artist, Mumbai).
Date: 11 April 2016
Hours: , followed by the opening and reception
To be held in the NGMA auditorium and in the Dome gallery of the NGMA.
Through an extensive and dynamic format including projected videos, sound-clips, and documents, the event will mix talks, panel discussions, performances, and screenings. The event aims to discuss various implications that are raised by the installation and in general, by the practice of artist Prabhakar Pachpute. In particular, the discussion will address one of the main topics of Pachpute’s practice, namely the transformation of the landscape and the economy in contemporary India and the working conditions of Indian miners.
Speakers: Amita Malkani, (Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, Mumbai), the u-ra-mi-li project (filmmakers, Chennai), Abhay Sardesai (art critic and editor Art India Magazine, Mumbai) with Prabhakar Pachpute (artist, Mumbai), Aruna Chandrasekhar (researcher, Bangalore), Navjot Altaf (artist, Mumbai), Sapta Ranga (a seven member poet-miner-farmer collective, Chandrapur).
The talks and educational programs are supported by the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation. Additional support in the talks and educational programs is provided by the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai. Special thanks to Experimenter, Kolkata.
For press and other enquiries please contact:
Zasha Colah, 0091 9819843334: zasha@
Luca Cerizza: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Press Release and images of the artist's previous works can be found at: http://www.kapsul.org/
Please find attached the full schedule of talks and press release.
National Gallery of Modern Art (Mumbai), Dome Gallery.
NGMA hours: daily 11 am - 6 pm, Mondays closed.
Sir Cowasji Jahangir Public Hall, M G Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032.