2016 Artists: Abhishek Hazra

Image Caption: #cloudrumble56 | 2010 | Online performance with Twitter (part of Beam Me Up, curated by Reinhard Storz and Gitanjali Dang, supported by Pro Helvetia New Delhi) | Photograph: Lakshman Anand

Abhishek Hazra is an artist based in Bangalore, India. A diverse, yet closely interconnected set of interests around science, speculative fiction and the affective dimensions of language characterise Abhishek’s practice. He often uses text, spoken word performance, as well as video and prints. His recent series of lecture performances explore questions around precarity and provincial cosmopolitanism. Hazra’s work has been shown in MAXXI Museum, Rome, Bose Pacia, New York, Science Gallery, Dublin, GallerySKE, Bangalore, Kiran Nadar Museum, Delhi and various other contexts. Abhishek has also been the recipient of multiple awards including the 2011 Sanskriti Award for Visual Art. 

Tracing (Semi-Rendered) Floor Plans, a work-in-progress, reflects on affect and impossible archives. It also an extension of #cloudrumble56, an earlier work that explored archives and online performance within the context of the scientist Meghnad Saha’s time in the Indian parliament. 

You can find out more about Abhishek and his work at http://abhishekhazra.net/ and see him perform as part of Some Pages Are Missing on September 23rd at The Jamun, Bangalore.


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