Assemblages of Evidence: Between Object, Memory and Material

Online exhibition featuring:

Himmat Shah
N. N. Rimzon
T. V. Santhosh
Valsan Koorma Kolleri

15 January to 31 March 2021





Himmat Shah

  N. N. Rimzon     T. V. Santhosh    Valsan Koorma Kolleri        
The exhibition articulates object, memory and material within the formal aspects of sculpture-making
to examine some of the personal, social and aesthetic investigations by the artists: Himmat Shah,
N. N. Rimzon, T. V. Santhosh, and Valsan Koorma Kolleri.



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About the Artists:

Himmat Shah

Born in Lothal, Gujarat in 1933 Shah initially studied under Shri Jagubhai Shah in Bhavnagar in 1952. Later he did his Diploma in 1953 from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai and Masters from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara in 1955. He was a National Cultural Scholar in 1956 and received a French Government scholarship to study etching at Atelier 17, Paris in 1967.

His important exhibitions are: HIMMAT SHAH: Hammer on the Square A Retrospective (1957-2015), curated by Roobina Karode, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi, 2016 and Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur by KNMA 2018; Drawings and Sculptures, presented by Studio Confluence at Jehangir Nicholson Art Gallery, National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), 2007; Berkeley Square Gallery, UK, 2007; Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi 2005 and  Sculpture, Art Heritage, New Delhi 2002. 

Some of his group exhibitions include: Sculpsit: Between Thought and Action, Curated by Sasha Altaf, The Guild Art Gallery, 2019; The Art of Drawing, Curated by Sudhir Patwardhan, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2011; Yellow Deity: Contemporary Indian Art, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, 1997; Rediscovering the Roots, Museo de la Nación, Lima, 1997; Ninth Triennale – Seven Artists from the Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 1997; Festival of Indian Art, Moscow, 1996; and, the Biennale de Paris, 1967 and 1970.   

From 1967 to 1971, Himmat Shah designed and executed monumental murals in brick, cement and concrete at St. Xavier's School Ahmedabad. 

Shah lives and works in Jaipur, India.

N. N. Rimzon

N. N. Rimzon was born in Kakkoor, Kerala, 1957. He received a National Diploma in Sculpture (five years course) from Govt. College of Fine Arts in 1980, B.F.A. in sculpture from College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum in 1982, M.F.A. with specialization in Sculpture from M.S.University of  Baroda in 1984 and M. A. in Sculpture with distinction from Royal College of Arts, London, in 1989.  

Rimzon has participated widely in museum and institutional shows. His select group shows include: Pond Near the Field, curated by Roobina Karode, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi and Kochi, 2016; Rewriting the Landscape: India and China, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea 2014; 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China 2012; Santhal Family: Positions Around an Indian Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (MHKA), Antwerp, Belgium 2008; Edge of Desire, Recent Art In India, curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, 2007, Berkeley Art Museum (BAM) & Pacific Film Archive (PFA), Berkeley, CA, USA; Busan Sculpture Project: Homage to the Earth, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea, 2006; The Artist Lives and Works in Baroda/Bombay/Calcutta/Mysore/Rotterdam/ Trivandrum, at House of World Culture, Berlin, Germany, 2005; Asia Society, New York; Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA, 2004; Body.City: New Perspectives on India, House of World Culture, Berlin, Germany curated by Geeta Kapur, 2003; Private Mythology, The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, Japan,1998; Out of New York, Queens Museum of Art, USA, 1997; Tryst with Destiny: Art from India 1947-1997, Singapore; Die Anderen Modern: Contemporary Art from Africa, Asia and Latin America, Berlin, Germany, 1997; Art South Asia, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 2002. 

Rimzon’s solo shows include: The Round Ocean and the Living Death, Talwar Gallery, New Delhi; Forest of The Living Divine, Talwar Gallery, New York, 2016; Sculptures and Drawings, The Guild, Mumbai, 2008; Liminal Embodiment, Seven Oceans and the Unnumbered Stars, Bodhi Art, New York, 2007; Recent Sculpture and Drawings, Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi, 1991.  

Rimzon has taught and held positions at various institutions. He was the Principal at the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum, 2011-2014; Principal at the  Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikkara, 2007.


T. V. Santhosh

T. V. Santhosh (born 1968, Kerala, India) obtained his graduate degree in painting from Kalabhavan, Santiniketan and Master’s degree in sculpture from M. S. University of Baroda. 

Santhosh’s works have been shown widely in museums and biennales. Some of his museum shows include: Forming in the Pupil of an Eye, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by Sudarshan Shetty, 2016; 56th Venice Biennale, National Pavilion of Iran, The Great Game, curated by Marco Meneguzzo and Mazdak Faiznia, 2015; Making History, Colombo Art Biennale, 2014; Heritage Transport Museum, curated by Priya Pall, New Delhi, 2013; WAR ZONE – Indian Contemporary Art, Artemons Contemporary, Das Kunstmuseum, Austria, 2012; Critical Mass: Contemporary Art from India, curated by Tami Katz-Freiman and Rotem Ruff, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, 2012; 11th Havana Biennial, 2012; INDIA- LADO A LADO, curated by Tereza de Arruda, SESC Belenzinho São Paulo, Brazil, 2012; India, curated by Pieter Tjabbes and Tereza de Arruda, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2011; Rewriting Worlds, 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Peter Weibel, 2011; In Transition New Art from India, Surrey Museum of Art, Canada, 2011; Empire Strikes Back, The Saatchi Gallery, London, 2010; The Silk Road, New Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern Art from The Saatchi Gallery at Tri Postal, Lille, France, 2010; Vancouver Biennale curated by Barry Mowatt, 2010; Dark Materials, curated by David Thorp, G S K Contemporary show, at Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2009; India Xianzai, MOCA, Shanghai, China, 2009; Passage to India, Part II: New Indian Art from the Frank Cohen Collection, at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK, 2009. Aftershock, Conflict, Violence and Resolution in Contemporary Art, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA Norwich, 2007; Continuity and Transformation, Museum show promoted by Provincia di Milano, Italy, 2007.  

Santhosh’s select solo shows include Common Wall, Grosvenor Vadehra, London 2014  in collaboration with The Guild; The Land, Nature Morte, Berlin, 2011  with The Guild, Mumbai; Burning Flags, Aicon Gallery, London, 2010  in collaboration with The Guild; Blood and Spit, Jack Shainman Gallery, 2009  in collaboration with The Guild; Living with a Wound, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, 2009  in collaboration with The Guild; A Room to Pray at Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich, 2008 in collaboration with The Guild; Countdown, Nature Morte, Delhi, 2008 in collaboration with The Guild; Countdown, The Guild, Mumbai 2008.

His art practice has been widely written about and published, including two books - T. V. Santhosh: Unresolved Stories’ (The Guild, 2008); Blood and Spit: Living with a Wound, (The Guild and Jack Shainman gallery, 2009). Other catalogues with solo shows include One Hand Clapping/Siren (2003), Living with a Wound (2009) and False Promises (2005). 

Santhosh lives and works in Mumbai, India.

Valsan Koorma Kolleri 

Born in 1953, in Pattiam, Kerala, Kolleri studied at the College of Art and Crafts, Chennai (1976) and at the Faculty of Fine Art, M.S. University, Baroda (1979) and later at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1986). 

Kolleri has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in India and abroad that include New Clearage: Retrospective as Artwork, Talwar Gallery, New York, 2007. Retrospective as Artwork, Colab Gallery, Bangalore and B.Q. Gallery, Koln, Germany, 2005. ‘Drainage: Rain Harvesting Sculpture’, Khoj, Delhi; Retrospective as Artwork, Project Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2004; Draw, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, 2003. Sculpture Show, Egmore Museum, Chennai, Alliance Francaise, Bangalore; Sculpture Age, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1998. Bronze Age, Center for Contemporary Art, Delhi, 1990. Stone Age and Bronze Age, British Council Gallery, Chennai, 1989 and This Time Ceramics, Sakshi Gallery, Chennai, 1986. 

His other important participations include: Aichi Triennale 2016, Nagoya-shi, Aichi, Japan; Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, Kochi; Biennale Jogja XI – Equator #1 Shadow Lines: Indonesia meets India, curated by Alia Swastika and Suman Gopinath, 2011-2012 and Santhal Family: Positions Around an Indian Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (MuKHA), Belgium, 2008. 

Kolleri was awarded the 6th Bharat Bhavan Biennale of Indian Contemporary Art Prize, 1996; National Academy Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, 1990; French Government scholarship to study at Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts and to work as a resident artist at The Cite Des Art, 1986 and the Kerala Lalit Kala Academy Award, Kerala, 1983. 

Kolleri runs the Shilpapaddiam, a centre for sculpture in Pattiam in Kerala.








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