Himanshu Desai

KHOJ & I

My Khoj Project
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Khoj & I

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About Me

Name
Himanshu Desai
Country
India
Bio

Email: jambudwipa@gmail.com

Education:
1995- Master of Fine Arts (Art Criticism), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India.
1989- Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), St. Xaviers College, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India.

Curatororial projects:
2006- ‘Wise Man’s Drink’, exhibition at Lemongrasshopper Gallery, Ahmedabad
2005- ‘Abstraction is Alive and Kicking’, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai.
2005- ‘The Second Coming’ (The Quotable Stencil – part 2), Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2005- ‘Spurensucher’, recent works of Antje Goerner (Berlin), Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2005- ‘Subtlety, Where Art Thou?’, Nilesh Palav and Manish Mistry, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2003- ‘Talking Over The Wall’, Retrospective exhibition of Naina Dalal, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2003- ‘Light Hearted’- An exhibition of light and drawing based work by Bindu Mehra, Dilip Sharma and Jayant Naik
2003- Shantipath- An exhibition for world peace, featuring 23 prominent Indian artists.
2002- Songs From The Wood- An exhibition of the works of Rajeshree Thakker and Chippa Sudhakar.
2002- The Quotable Stencil- Contemporary Photographic Art by 22 artists.
2002- Tasveer- 19th Century Indian Photography along with Private Collector and director of Archer Art Gallery Anil Relia.
2002- His Story, Private Collection, The Tao Art Gallery.
2002- Unreal but Probably True, True but Pobably Unreal- Dilip Dhore, Aniket Khupse, Manoj Veyloor, Minal Damani, Prajakta Potnis and Pramod Gaikwad.
2002- Five Young Artists- Ravi Mandlik, Santosh More, Virendra Shah, Samit Dey and Anvar.

Solo Shows:
2004- “Stories of The Mountain Man”- The Courtyard, Mumbai.
2000- ‘Art at Random’- Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Random Access Café, Ahmedabad.1999- ‘Hunting High And Low’-Solo Exhibition of Paintings, The Darpana Academy of Performing Arts.

Group Shows:
2006- Real 2006, mattersofart.com, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
2005- The Second Coming, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2005- Present-Future, National Gallery of Modern Art, curator- Dr. Saryu Doshi, Mumbai.
2005- Travancore House, New Delhi, India, curated by Johny M.L
2004- ‘Images and Ideas VI’, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.
2004- ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty’, along with artist Bindu Mehra, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
2004- ‘The Tao of Shiva’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2004- Stories of the Mountain Man, solo exhibition Ashish Balram Nagpal Gallery, The Courtyard, Colaba, Mumbai.
2002- Reclaim Our Freedom Week, Group Exhibition, Open Circle Artists Trust.
1996- Collaborative exhibition of paintings and poetry ‘Into the Great Wide Blue’ along with Bindu Mehra.
1995- Exhibition of Drawings for ‘Seminar on Artist Critic Nexus’, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda

Participations:
2006- Dilli Dur Ast- Lens Based Workshop, Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi.
2006- Hybrid Sonicscapes- Sound Art Workshop, Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi.
2006- Seminar Participation-“New Art History”: Interrogating Contemporary Indian Art Historical Practices the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodra.
2005- Participation- ‘Sandharbh’ International Artists Workshop, Vagad, Rajasthan.

Published Writings:
2006- Drawing From Memory, Vivan Sundaram’s Bad Drawings for Dost, Art India Magazine.
2006- New Presence- Indian Contemporary Art- ‘Larasati, Pictures of Asia’ Fine Art Auction, Singapore.
2006- The Irresistible Urge to Experiment, Shanti Dave, Art India Magazine.
2006- Speech is Dirty- www.matterersofart.com.
2006- “But Death, Beauty Is…”- paintings of Prof. Ratan Parimoo.
2005- “Drawing from Control and Chaos”, Art India Magazine.
2005- ‘…Ce qui Vous Effraie et Vous Caresse’*, essay on an exhibition by Francois Roche and R&Sie(n) architects’, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC, Paris, France.
2004- Pun and Punches- Rajendra Kapse’s solo exhibition at Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Mumbai.
2003- ‘Dileep Sharma- Watercolours’, Jehangir Art Gallery.
2003- Critical essay on the recent paintings of Anwar.
2003- ‘Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust’- Critical essay- Collective artist workshop, curated by Chintan Upadhyay.
2003- Critical essay on the paintings of Rajendra Kapse.
2003- ‘Relocating the Mythic’- Review in Art India (Contemporary Indian Art magazine)- ‘Anti Terrain’- by Australian digital artist ‘Peter Callas’, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.
2002- ‘The Legend of Mt. Weast’- Crosscurrents- Indian Danish Painters Meet- Curated by Fawad Tamkanat and Mona Lauridsen.
2002- ‘Kitsch is Impossible’ for exhibition titled ‘Commemorative Stamps’ by Chintan Upadhyay, at the Ashish Balram Nagpal Art Gallery (as and invited critic)
2002- Masquerades- Oriental Spirit, African Mystery- An Exhibition of Paintings by Kamal Shah at the Jehangir Art Gallery.

Editorials:
2004- Documentation- ‘The Search- Paintings From The National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai’, curated by Dr. Saryu Doshi, Omani Society of Fine Arts, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
2003- Documentation. ‘De Curating’ – by Bose Krishnamachari. Published by Spenta Multimedia, Mumbai.

Displays
2002- Private Collection of Amjad Aly.
2002- Rini 2002- an exhibition of paintings and graphics by Rini Dhumal, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai.

Public Works:
2001- Wall Painting, Kala Muni Temple, Munsiari District, Kumaon, Uttaranchal.
2000-Wall Mural, Pool 47, Billiards and Pool Club, Ahmedabad.
1999- Mixed Media Mural, Coco Pazo Reataurant, Ahmedabad.
1998-Wall Mural, Pool Arena- Destination Point Go- Karting Arcade, Faridabed, Uttar Pradesh.
1998- Stall Design and Wall Painting, B. D. M. Food Products Exhibit, International Trade Fair, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Theatre:
Music Director (‘Performers At Work Theatre Group’), with Director Zuleikha Allana, (plays-‘One For The Road’ by Harold Pinter; “Lunch” by Steven Berkoff).
1998- The Black Box Auditorium -National Council For Performing Arts, Bombay.
1997- India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
1997- I.C.C.R Auditorium, Azad Bhavan, New Delhi.
1996- The British Council Amphitheatre, British Council, New Delhi.
1995- Sriram Center For Arts and Culture, New Delhi.

Music Concerts:
2006- Defying Gravity- Jazz Rock Concert, NIFT, Bangalore.
2005- Jam Session, Not Just Jazz by the Bay, Mumbai.
2005- Trading Licks, with neo classical rock group ‘Defying Gravity’, Huteesing Visual Arts Center, Ahmedabad.
2004- Audioplus, guitar competition, (runners up prize), Mumbai.
2003- Concert at David Sasoon Library Gardens, Kala Ghoda Art Festival, Mumbai.
2002- Jam Session over Brunch at the Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Mumbai- for the Opening of An Exhibition of Paintings by Prabhakar Kolte and Jyotee.
2002- Jam Session over Brunch at the Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Mumbai- for the Opening of An Exhibition of Paintings by Artist Mohan Singh.
2002- Jam Session with Percussionist Taufiq Qureishi at The Razzbery Rhinocerous Bar, Juhu Mumbai.
2002- Performance, Prithivi Theatre.
2002- Solo Performance, ‘One Manush’, Fusion Concert – Roots 2002 Festival, Center For Environment Planning And Technology.
2002- As a drummer with jazz-rock band “Anacronox”, “Metamorphosis” rock competition, - Roots 2002 Festival, Center For Environment Planning And Technology.
2001- Chaos Festival, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
2001- Jam Session, with George Brooks (saxophone), Fazal Qureishi (percussion), Natrani Café, Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad.
2000- Sports Club, Jaipur.
2000- Fete De La Music, L’Alliance Francaise de Ahmedabad.
2000- The Mezz, New Delhi.
2000- Roots Festival, Center For Environment Planning And Technology, Ahmedabad.
2000- Concert For Tara TV, Natrani, Darpana Academy Of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad.
1999- Art Beats Concert, with Nicholas McBride (drums) and Peter Badejo (choreography), Vikram Sarabhai International Dance Festival, Natarani, Darpana Academy Of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad.
1999- ‘Eve of Independence Concert’, Center for Environment Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad
1999- Season Opening, Naratani, Darpana Academi of Performing Arts Ahmedabad.
1999- Fete De La Music, L’Alliance Francaise de Ahmedabad.
1999- Roots Festival, Center For Environment Planning And Technology.

Press coverage:
2006- An Art in Itself- Ahmedabad Times, Ahmedabad.
2005- Anti Schmoozers Attack- The Indian Express, Mumbai.
2004- Practice Makes Perfect- Mid Day, Mumbai.
2004- Art Review Section, Ideas and Images, Time Out Mumbai.
2004- Art Review Section, Recommendations, India Today.
2004- Violence Takes a Comic Turn, The Asian Age, New Delhi.
2004- Visual Gimmickery, Today, New delhi
2004- Friends of Shiva, Mumbai Newsline, The Indian Express.
2004- Shiva’s Many Avtars- Bombay Times, The Times of India.
2004- First Time, First Show, Mumbai Newsline, The Indian Express.
2003- Digital Art, L’Officiel Magazine.
2003- ‘Drawings Pasoon Purah’, by Abhijeet Tamhane, Mumbai Times.
2003- ‘The New Collectors’, All in the family, ARTS etC, Mumbai Newsline, The Indian Express.
2003- L’Officiel, India, 1st Anniversary special, Vol 2, Issue 1, April 2003.
2003- ‘THE HINDU’, Mumbai, Sunday, Feb 09.
2003- ‘IN THE NEWS TALK’, Mumbai Newsline.The Indian Express.
2003- ‘Seven Up”, Mumbai Newsline.The Indian Express.
2002- ‘Reclaim Our Freedom Week’, Mumbai Newsline.The Indian Express.
2002- ‘Cross-border canvas’, Art Beat, Mumbai Newsline.The Indian Express.
2002- ‘Usnya Pratima’(Photographic Imagery)- Mumbai Times.
2002- ’Camera’- Artbeat, Mumbai Newsline, The Indian Express
2002- Qoute Unquote- ‘Talk’ In The News- Mumbai Newsline, The Indian Express.
2002- Inside Out, Artbeat, Mumbai Newsline, The Indian Express.
2002- Review, Jazz Fusion Concert With Taufiq Qureishi, ‘Kya Masti Kya Dhoom’, Mid-Day, Mumbai.
2000- Television Coverage Of Live Concert, ‘Tara Rum Pum Pum’, Tara Gujarati Television.
2000- Interview, ‘Swing Time’, Tara Gujarati Television.
2000- Interview, National News, Metro Doordarshan Television Network.
2000- Interview, Delhigossip.com, New Delhi.
1999- Interview, ‘The Fine Art of Music’ with Anil Nair, Asian Age, Ahmedabad.
1999- Review, ‘Natrani Unleashes Shakti’, Asian Age, Ahmedabad.
1999- Review, ‘Paradigm Shift In Music’, Asian Age, Ahmedabad.
1999- Photo Feature, The Blitz, Bombay.
1999- Cover Page News Feature, Gujarat Age, Asian Age, Ahmedabad.
1999- Cover Page Review, ‘Broke But Not Broken’ Ahmedabad Times, The Times Of India, Ahmedabad.
1999- Review ‘Roots Asylum Alike…’, Asian Age, Ahmedabad.

Extra Curricular:
2006- Invited Judge- Inter College Rock Competition, NIFT, Bangalore.
2002- invited Judge- Solo Western Instrumental Music Competition, “Kshitij” Mithibhai College Annual Cultural Festival.

Recommendations:
Dr. Deepak Kannal-Head, Dept. of Art History and Criticism, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda.
Dr. Ratan Parimoo, Dean (retd.), Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda.
Ms. Zuleikha Allana, Director, Performers at Work Theatre Group, New Delhi.
Mr. Raju Singh, Director, Vikas Publicity Inc, New Delhi.
Mr. Darshin Shah, Unisoul Web, Designs, Ahmedabad.

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