Artist Talk with Gigi Scaria at Delta Study, Fort Kochi
Spending more than an hour listening to and interacting with International artist Gigi Scaria, 30 high school students of Delta Study, Fort Kochi, had a great time getting to know his most recent artworks and thought processes. The students enjoyed the presentation of photos of his various sculptures, paintings, art installations and multimedia projects, exhibited across the globe. Some of them were intrigued about the the art-making process itself, asking intermittently about the how’s and why’s of it.
Artist Gigi Scaria answered the kids’ questions and ignited in them an interest to look at art differently. He also briefed them about his current work on Women and Urban Landscapes. This was also an introductory session by TAOS on art appreciation for the young minds.
Open studio at Town House, Quiros Street
The artists whose works were shown at the two exhibitions – Artist: the Public Intellectual curated by Tanya Abraham and Landscapes and Silence curated by Tanya Abraham and Wayne Baerwaldt – were thrilled to interact with about 45 students from three city schools. The Open Studio was conducted for Delta Study, Nava Nirman Public School and Global Public School by TAOS.
Accompanying staff of the three schools were overjoyed to see their students actively discussing with the various Indian and Canadian artists, sharing thoughts and ideas, all the while appreciating the multiple facets of the works they came across. A special mention for artist Eliyahu Meydad, who made slmost all the students take part in his work, Kadalasupetti. He made them look at photographs of the Jewish migration from Kochi to Israel, post Indian Indeoendence and write down what they felt, made them use the date and place stamps on textured paper, even got some of them to identify photos of older Jewish folks who once lived in Kochi.
Artist Gabriela Garcia-Luna explains her view on Landscapes and Silence
Karma Samten Gyatso and Tenzin Choenden watch their own video-experience played at the venue – talks about the Tibetan community in Kerala and what ‘home’ means to them
Artist Talk at Rajagiri School
Mo Reda, an artist at the Kochi Biennale, interacted with the students at Rajagiri School, on November 9, 2016 at an art talk conducted by TAOS.
Reda, an experienced artist who has specialized in performance art, drawing and installation, talked about his works and how his experiences and hardships have contributed to his process.
The artist shared his past and explained how he turned his heritage into a mosiac of stories. He emphasised on converting memory into actual artwork.
The event was in collaboration with Kochi Muziris Biennale.
Augustin Rebetz ,a visiting artist at the Kochi Biennale interacted with the students of the Dept of Communication and Media , Sacred Heart College, Thevara,on Sept 7 th 2016 at an art talk conducted by TAOS.
Augustin, a Swiss visual artist and photographer who integrates drawing, painting , photography , installations as well as stop motion movies in his work introduced the 40 gathered art enthusiasts to his body of work through an hour long talk and audio video presentation which was then followed by a Q and A session.
The artist faced a wide variety of questions from the students ranging from the use of symbols in his work , the mood and theme of his works, to the collaborative nature of his installations and videos.
The stop motion movies generated the greatest interest and the discussion lead to a possible collaboration between some of the students and the artist while he was in Kerala… a positive outcome for everyone involved
The event was a success as evidenced by Sacred Heart College’s interest in partnering with TAOS for more art initiatives.