Presented a paper, ‘IN CONTEXT: Public Art.Ecology’
Project, Khoj International Artists Residency, New Delhi,
presented a paper ‘Lacuna in Testimony’, Patricia and Phillip
Frost Art Museum, Florida, U.S.A
presented a paper, Royal Ontario Museum, ‘Is Art For Art Sake’
‘Seminar in Lasserre’, University of British Columbia, Vancouver,
Public Lecture in the Barbera Learning Centre, UBC,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Participated in a conference – 480C Public Art and Ecology, New
2008 Presented a paper ‘Transit spaces in the
Minneapolis Institute of Arts during the exhibition, ‘Public
Places, Private Spaces: Contemporary Photography and Video Art’, curated by
Lecture – ‘Video Installation and Space’ Kamla Raheja College of
architecture, Mumbai, India.
2005 Presented a paper ‘Cross Cultural
Collaborative Art Endeavors and Experiments ‘at the conference – ‘Shifting
Paradigm’ as part of the exhibition
‘GROUNDWORKS’event, curated by Grant Kester ,Carnegie Mellon
University, Pittsburgh, U.S.A
Presented a paper ‘Art - a Process of Change’ - Indian School of
Business – Hydrabad, India.
Lecture ‘Towards Installation’ Fine Arts Department,
Bhartiya Vidyapeeth, Pune, India.
Presented a paper ‘Cross-cultural Art Collaborative Endeavors and
Experiments’ at the conference ‘ The Artist and the Historian’, Department
of Art History and
Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda,
Presented a Slide Lecture ‘Understanding Cross - Cultural Art
Collaboration Initiatives: Some Hows and Whys, Little Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai,
Presented a Slide Lecture ‘My Bastar Interventions’, University
of Mumbai, Kalina, and Chitrakala Parishath Art Complex, Bangalore, India
Presented a paper ‘Bombay Since the70’s’ in a Symposium -Bombay/Mumbai: City
Politics and Visual Culture in the 90’s, as part of ‘Century City’ Events,
Invited to participate in a Slide Session ‘Where lies the Frame’ a part of a
Symposium of Women artists and writers‘
Expression as Empowerment’ organised by Majlis, Max Mueller Bhawan, Mumbai.
Slide Lecture,’ My Art Practice and Questions of Collaboration’, Hope
Central Lancashire, Preston, U.K.
2000 Presented a paper ‘Culture of Difference: Right To Life’ at a
Conference, ‘ Experiments in conceptual Curating: Imaging The
Future of Indian Art’, written in collaboration with Dr.
Panikkar, Mohile Parikh Centre for the Visual Arts, Mumbai, India.
1999 presented a Paper ‘Discursive Invisibility’ at a Conference –
‘Indigenous Asia, Knowledge, technology and gender relations’, at
the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.
Presented a paper ‘Working Towards Co-existence and Invigoration‘ at
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Seminar during the First Asian Art Triennial,
1997 Presented a paper: at the Symposium -‘Urban and Village Women
Artists of India’, U.C. Berkeley Art Museum, U.S.A
Slide-Talk ‘Face to Face’, hosted by Jindal Art Foundation, Cymroza
Art Gallery, Mumbai, India.
S e l e c t e d R e s i d e n c i e s / A r
t i n P u b l i c S p a c e s :
2011 ‘Yamuna-Elbe Contemporary Flows, Fluid Times’ Max Muller, New
Delhi, India, Hamburg, Germany.
‘IN CONTEXT: Public.Art. Ecology’, 2010 Project, Khoj International
Artists Residency, New Delhi, India.
‘48oC Public Art Ecology 2008 Project’, Khoj’
International Artists Residency, New Delhi, India.
The Guild Residency Programme, New York, U.S.A.
‘Khoj’ International Artists Residency, New Delhi, India.
‘VASL’ International Artists Workshop, Gadani, Pakistan.
2001 ‘Cyfuniad’ International Artists’ Workshop, Plas Caerdeon,
‘Cyfuniad’ Residency Programme at the Department of Fine Arts and
Design. Hope University Liverpool, U.K
‘Rice Lane City Farm’ residency supported by Bluecoat Arts Centre,
to work with the people from culturally diverse people, Liverpool, U.K.
‘The Aesthetic Experience: An Experimental Workshop - Organised by
‘Artunderground’, Vadodra, Gujrat, India.
‘National Artists Camp’ - Chitra Kala Parishath Art
Complex, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
‘KHOJ’ International Artists Workshop, Modinagar, Delhi, India.
1993 Painting Workshop organized by Sanghis, Hyderabad, India.
1990 Workshop of Paintings organized by Goodrick & Genesis Art
Gallery, Calcutta, India.
Workshop of Paintings organized by Genesis Art Gallery, Calcutta, India.
1988/86 Workshop of Paintings organized by ‘XAL PRAXIS’, Goa, India.
1986 Workshop of Paintings organized by CMC, Calcutta, India.
1984 Graphic Workshop – J.J School of Arts organized by U.S.I.S
and Prof. Lingran, U.S.A. and Mumbai, India.
1983 Graphic Workshop - organized by Urja Art Gallery, Baroda,
O r g a n i z a t i o n a l w o r k
1997/ Organized a seminar ‘Samvad 2’,
2011 Association, Kondagaon, India.
Organized a seminar ‘Samvad’, Dialogue-Interactive
Association, Kondagaon, India.
Founder member and trustee,
Association, Kondagaon, India.
Organized a workshop ‘Reviewing The Self’ sponsored
Dialogue- Interactive Artists
Association, Kondagaon, India
Have been organizing community based projects ‘Nalpar’ and
‘Pilla Gudi’ along side 4 Adivasi artis
(Rajkumar, Shantibai, Gessu and Dharmu) in Kondagaon,
Have been organizing art workshops for the
students from local schools In Kondagaon, India.
Organized/curated an exhibition ‘The Self ’,
Sakshi Gallery Mumbai, India.
1996 Organized ‘Art Discourse’, workshop with
students from J J
Of Art Mumbai - Murud Janjira, India.
1995 Coordinated an exhibition of Paintings, Drawings,
Graphics and Sculptures for ‘SPARROW ’ – sound and picture archives
research on women, Mumbai, India.
Curated an exhibition jointly with Altaf – ‘Nasreen In Retrospect’, Jehangir
Art Gallery and Chemould Gallery Mumbai, India.
Designed the book titled: ‘Nasreen in Retrospect’ with
Bharati Kapadia, Edited by Altaf.
1986/88 Organised Painting Workshops jointly with
by ‘XAL PRAXIS’(The XAL Human Growth centre), Goa, India.
1987 Organised an exhibition of Contemporary Indian
for the ‘Convention on Communalism
and the threat to
diversity’ organized by CPML,
1984 Curated an exhibition of women artists
for ‘Expression’: Women’s Cultural Festival, Mumbai, India.
1972/73 Executed a Mural (170’ x 7’) jointly with Altaf, Mumbai,
1974/79 Worked with ‘PROYOM’ (Progressive Youth Movement), Mumbai,
Organised exhibitions of Paintings, Prints at
various colleges, university clubhouse, Matunga Labour camp and Cheetah
Worked with Mobile Crèche as a co-coordinator,
F i l m s o
n a r t i s t
titled: ‘Portrait’, 28 minutes
the process by Ein Lall.
S e l e c
t e d B i b l i o g r a p h y
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3’. Talwar Gallery, New York, 2005; Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, The Guild,
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Adajania, N. ‘Scaffoldings of Survival: Reflections on a Life
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India; Theatre Saint- Gervais and Musee d’ Ethnographie, Geneva,
Switzerland; Indian Federation of Trade Union, Saki Naka, Mumbai, India; BDD
Chawl, Worli, Mumbai, India; YUVA Ghar Ho To Aisa, Dadar, Mumbai, India; and
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