Contemporary Indian artist Owais Husain has been announced as the latest participant to be added to the prestigious roster of artists exhibiting in the public arts festival PUBLICA (23 January – 29 February 2016). After the resounding success of the 2013 edition, PUBLICA returns to Delhi in 2016 in a bigger, more engaging and more international form. The idea of the festival is to remove artworks from their limiting traditional setting of museums and galleries and put them in view of broader audiences to try and drive engagement in the arts and promote cultural change at grass roots.
Ahead of the festival and as part of his on-going commitment to fostering creativity in the next generation, Husain will be holding a workshop for the students of the International Institute of Fine Arts in Modi Nagar from 5 – 7 January 2016, focusing on their shared commitment to increasing engagement in the arts.
The project, House of Cards, typifies the artist’s contemporary outlook, in which he helps the next generation to create a personal narrative, or mythology, through the practice of art. The initiative will explore the idea of homeland and mapping identity through the continually changing landscape of visual language. In this way, Husain encourages students to think about identity and the role of image making in all forms, inspiring them to explore in greater depth the personal context in their work. The resulting images will be incorporated into panels designed by Husain, the house, creating a visual dialogue between one generation and the next.
The workshop is the second in a series of international workshops, the first of which was held at LASALLE College of the Arts (South East Asia’s foremost arts institute) with subsequent iterations planned for South Africa and Mexico. The artistic process of the House of Cards workshops is documented and the resulting images created by the students will be exhibited alongside Husain’s own work. Proceeds from the exhibition will be reinvested in the form of a scholarship at each art school, extending the workshop’s legacy and providing further artistic opportunities for future generations.
· 5 – 7 January 2016, House of Cards workshop, International Institute of Fine Arts, Modinagar.
· 23 January – 29 February 2016, PUBLICA, New Delhi.
· 29 January – 18 February 2016, House of Cards, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore.