Traces AIR Antwerpen

Bhagwati Prasad

Sep 2013 to Nov 2013
New Delhi, India

In the framework of Europalia India and in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective Indian artist Bhagwati Prasad is invited for a residency of three months in AIR Antwerpen.

Bhagwati Prasad works with performance, graphics and research. He is the author of the graphic book, The Water Cookbook (2010). He started researching popular culture and media life and histories in Delhi, which resulted in him co-authoring Tinker.Solder.Tap (2009), a graphic novel on the history of media piracy in Delhi.

His recent performances include Of The People, By The People, For The People (Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, 2012-13); Power Inside-Outside (City as Studio 02 Exhibition, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi, 2012), Headman, a 24-hour performance (City as Studio 01 Exhibition, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi, 2009) and Motion (Mapping Traces, Mobil Artist Platform, 1 Shanti Road Gallery, Bangalore, 2009, where he was on an artist residency).

Bhagwati is a performer with Seen At Secundrabagh, a theatre piece directed by Zuleikha Chaudhary with Raqs Media Collective (50 min, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, 2012), and in Strikes At Time (18.32 min, video, by Raqs Media Collective, Paris–Delhi–Bombay, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2011).

He has been part of various experimental art context and spaces, including Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition (2012-13), of which he was also the technical director. He was interlocutor for the 2012 and 2013 editions of City as Studio, an annual artist residency-cum-studio programme of Sarai-CSDS, Delhi.