Friday 25 September 2015

ART INSTALLATION & PANEL DISCUSSION | Thread by Thread - Border Stories and the Role of Fabric

We are happy to announce a much awaited exhibition of an internationally acclaimed artist Baptist Coelho:

Opening:​ ​9​ ​October​, 6:30 pm
​On view till 24 October
10 October, 11:00 am

Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, entry : free

How can – at a first glance – simple fabric, a piece of cloth tell emotional, deeply personal yet universal stories of conflict and war? A Mumbai-based visual artist Baptist Coelho knows. He has been researching the conflict in Siachen Glacier since almost ten years, expressing his observations through art. The multimedia exhibition Thread by thread at Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad displays his earlier works, comprised by fabrics and materials used by the Siachen soldiers. Through installations, photographs and sound the artist focuses on the life of the soldier not as a machine of war but as a man with emotions and vulnerabilities. Coelho is trying to reveal and understand conflict and war through observations and conversations that have been woven into the fabric of the lives of people, whether directly or indirectly affected.

The opening of the exhibition will be followed by a panel discussion Border Stories and The Role Of Fabric on 10 ​October. This is related to the theme of the exhibition which seeks to explore the impact of conflict and war through the medium of textiles that are used by soldiers on the Siachen Glacier.

Baptist Coelho received his Masters of Arts from Birmingham Institute of Art & Design -BIAD, UK (2006). He received various awards and exhibited internationally in museums, galleries and film screenings, as well as conducted workshops, artist talks and panel discussions in Asia, Europe and South Africa. Baptist is the 2015-16 Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence at the Department of War Studies, King's College London.

The exhibition is curated by Monisha Ahmed, an independent researcher, an author of an award-winning book Living Fabric: Weaving among the Nomads of Ladakh Himalaya (2002). She is the cofounder and Executive Director of LAMO and Associate Editor for Marg Publications, Mumbai.

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