IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Indrani Nayar Gall
Indrani Nayar Gall
Indrani Nayar Gall

Since 2004 I have been examining issues on migration, identity, loss, memory and displacement. While the core concept remains the same, the syntax of how I connect with them, pull them apart and reuse them to create the narratives, have changed over the years and so has changed my choice of media and material. Although my primary field is printmaking

My recent projects examine the two quintessential human rights issues – right to freedom and dignity. For the past few years I have been tracing the absence of these fundamental rights especially related to women. They map displacement and continued violence against young girls and women within the extremely paternalistic authoritarian core of religions in India and other countries. The body of work I am currently working on maps those waves of change that are disrupting the extreme orthodox religious machine, and transforming these societies.

The very process of making my prints--cutting or etching religious symbols, motifs and scripts--symbolize the intransigent traditions on one hand; on the other, cutouts of leaf patterns and their movement, represent the disruption of those traditions, which erase the seemingly unchanging religious order, and create the narrative of new waves of change towards equality.

2005 Advance Graduate Certificate in Contemporary (Non-Toxic) Printmaking, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
1995 MFA: Printmaking: Visva Bharati University India
1991 Diploma in Education: University of West Indies, Barbados.
1980 BFA: Visva Bharati University, India

Selected Awards
2014 Regional Artist Project Grant, Arts & Science Council, Mecklenburg County, NC
2011 Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, UNC Charlotte, NC
2009 Project Grant, National Gallery of Barbados
2008 Project Grant, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
2007 Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo
2001 National Mural Contest, National Cultural Foundation, Barbados, Research grant, Barbados Community College
2000 Gold: Crop-Over Festival, Barbados National Competition; Bronze: National Independence Festival of Creative Arts
1997 Bronze, National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, Barbados
1995-‘93 Merit scholarship @ Visva Bharati University

Selected solo/two-person exhibitions & Projects
2012 Solo show: Art and Letters Event, Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC
Solo show: Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, Solo exhibition
Project: Closing event Romare Bearden Retrospective, Hands-on activity: installation Dinner on the Grounds, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, NC, Project
2011 Solo show: Art West Gallery, Elon University, Elon, NC
2010 Two-Person Show: Points Words Threads, Main Rowe Gallery, UNCC; Separated by ‘A’ Skin, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, NC
2009 Solo show: India Diary 1: Decorations for Independence Day, ECA Gallery, Kolkata, India
2008 Solo show: Points Words Threads, Epic Center Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI
Solo show: Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, Michigan
2007 Solo show: Gallery C, Cleveland State University, OH
2006 Solo show: Kingscott Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI
2005 Solo show: Water Street Coffee Joint Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI
1996 Solo show: Arrows, Barbados Museum Gallery, Barbados
1995 Solo show: Oh civilization! Chitrakut Gallery, Kolkata, India

Selected Juried and collective exhibition
2014 Axis, Brentwood Exchange, MD
IPCNY 2014 New Print Program at IPCNY, Christie’s Midtown Manhattan, NYC
Caribbean Art at the Cross-road Perez Museum, Miami, FL;
Imprint, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Gallery Temenos Online gallery Online Contemporary Art
2013 Boston Printmakers 2013 North American Print Biennial, 808 Gallery, Boston University

Women's Rights - An Artist's Perspective, juried show, Pam Foss Gallery, MD
Studio Party13, McColl Center of Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
Here and Now, Jan 18th – Feb 23rd, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA
2012 Studio Party 12, McColl Center of Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
2011 Art+Sole+Life, McColl Center of Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
IAAC 8th Annual Erasing Border 2011, traveling juried exhibition, Queens Museum of Art, Jorgensen Gallery, Stony Brook University, University of Connecticut among other
Atlanta Juried Printmaking Exhibit, Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta GA
Mixing Bowl, Target Gallery @ Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
2010 Splattered Columns, Art Connects New York, NY
Current Trends In Prints Elon University, NC
Global Fusion Exchange Portfolio, Mid-America Print Council Conference, University of Minnesota 7 Center, Dialect Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Site of Departure Source of Arrival, Art of the South Asian Diaspora, Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ
2009 6th Annual Erasing Border Traveling Juried Show, Dowd Gallery, SUNY, Cortland, Crossing Art, Flushing, NY; Asian Contemporary Art Week, Asia Society and Museum, New York, NY; EFA Project Space NY; Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; The Gallery at Penn College Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA Art Against Terrorism, ECA Gallery, Kolkata, India; Curator: Amit Mukhopadhyay Separated by ‘A’ Skin, On Visual Culture In The Black Diaspora, 2009 Exhibition Symposium Event, public interactive & intervention project at GPO, Barbados Curator: David A Bailey
2008 Annual Faculty Show, Western Michigan University
5th Annual Erasing Border, Traveling Juried Show, Indo-American Arts Council, New York, NY; Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Guild Gallery, Manhattan, NY; Brownson Art Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase; Westchester, NY; Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY; Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows, NY Mid America Print Council, ‘Agoraphobia’, Roland Dillie Center for the Arts Gallery, Fargo, ND

2007 Annual Faculty Show, Western Michigan University Paths To The Press, Dicere Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, USA Myth and Self, ratsalad deluxe trifecta (issue 11), May 2007, online magazine/gallery,
2006 The Transferred Image, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, USA
Acquisitions 2001-2006, National Gallery Committee, Zemicon Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados
Dedicated to the Island, Three Generations of Women Artists Barbados, Zemicon Gallery, Barbados
Contemporary Printmaking University Of Indianapolis (Invitational)
2005 Mid America Print Council Members Exhibition, Central Michigan University Gallery Empowering Images: Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC USA (SGC)
2003 ‘Cuatro’ Four Artists, curated for AICA conference: Central Bank of Barbados
2002 First Contact: Invitational, Non-Toxic printmaking, Dumfries, Scotland IV Bienal Del Caribe: Santo. Domingo, Dominican Republic (one of the most important biennial of the Caribbean region)
2001 Mini Print Internacional: Cadaques, Spain 2000 4th Mini Print Internacional, Argentina The Urban Life in the Caribbean: traveling show, Centro Cultura de Cariforo, Dominican Republic
1999 Mini Print International: Cadaques, Spain
Inns and Out: group show, Queens Park, Barbados
Prints: Art Barbados Gallery, London
1998 Think Design: Sherbourn Centre, Barbados
World Print Festival: Slovenia
XII Biennial De San Juan Del Grabado Latinoamericano Y Del Caribe - San Juan, Puerto Rico
1997 Contemporary Art from Barbados: The Gallery in Cork Street, London
First print biennial Dominican Republic: Centro de Art Nouveau, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1991 Caribe: France and Trinidad, National representation
1985 Caribbean Prints: Canada, South America and Caribbean

Public Art Commission
2001-‘02 IN BIM 8ft x80ft, mixed media, National Cultural Foundation, Barbados
1981 Group mural project: Caribbean Festival of Arts, Barbados

2012 Oct’ Fellow, awarded fully-funded residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VCCA, VA 2010 McColl Center for Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC, Artist-In-Residence, Spring,

2009 “KHOJ International Artist Residency”, affiliated with Triangle Arts Trust UK; sponsor: Emami Chisel Arts, May-June, Kolkata, India
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