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Video art of India on display at Warwick gallery
Sept. 14, 2011
The Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus Art Gallery will present “Video Art from India,” an exhibition featuring a unique insider’s view of contemporary Indian video, through Oct. 14.
Ambuja Magaji, an Indian artist now living in Cranston, has selected the video art for this exhibition, which will present narrative and experimental films by a dozen Indian filmmakers that illustrate the artists’ diverse backgrounds and shared interest in the tensions between traditional and contemporary worlds, gender issues and the use of public space. This exhibition comes at a time when CCRI’s Art Department is offering more classes connected to new media arts, including a video art class.
Artists featured in the exhibition are Mangala Anebermath, Baptist Coelho, Venkatesh K.N, Aditi Kulkarni, Ambuja Magaji, Sabrina Osborne, Koumudi Patel, Babu Eshwar Prasad, Raghu Prasad, Manjunath Reddy, Surekha Sharada and Bharathesh Yadav.
An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, with a talk by Magaji at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Additionally, Art Professor Nancy Wyllie will present a talk, “Video art at CCRI and Beyond,” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Magaji received a bachelor’s degree in printmaking in 2004 from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat College of Fine Arts in Bangalore, India, and a master’s degree in media studies from Rhode Island College in 2008. She has participated in several group shows and special screenings, including “Crossing Currents: Feminism Now,” a collaboration between Hera Gallery and Hive Archive, in March at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Campus in Providence. In 2008, she held a solo show in India called “Body Desire.” This set of three videos about transgender people in India, known as hijras, explores the core human desire for transformation.
The gallery is located in Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick campus, 400 East Ave. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, e-mail gallery director Viera Levitt or visit the Art Department site.