Gautam Kansara

Faculty Studio: Gautam Kansara and Art 212-01 @ Manhattan Project(s), December 2013 – March 2014, New York City
December 18, 2013, 1:44 am
Filed under: Exhibitions


Faculty Studio is an ongoing collaboration between Professor Gautam Kansara and Manhattan College’s digital photography classes. In the last decade collaborative art practices have been catapulted  into the mainstream.  Teaming up and joining forces have proved to be integral to innovative cultural production, where skills and ideas are traded and nurtured within a collective. Faculty Studio aims to engage students with the professional art practice of their professor, ascribing to a philosophy of learning through practice. Elements from Professor Kansara’s studio have been temporarily relocated to the gallery space within Manhattan College’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts. In effect Kansara’s practice has been transferred to the college and opened to the academic community  à la an artist-in-residence. Using the classroom as a forum to create and develop works that utilize the visual and conceptual underpinnings of Kansara’s work, the students become active participants as they are instructed and familiarized with their professor’s practice.

Kansara’s current body of work addresses the changing nature of memory. As daily life becomes increasingly mediated by recording devices that augment, replace, and alter how events are experienced, the veracity of memory becomes malleable. The tendency to view live events through our cameras or phones is so ubiquitous that there is a negotiation between the way one remembers events in their own mind, and how these events are represented through various recorded media. The imagery goes through several iterations, first captured by a video camera, then corrected on a computer, then projected onto paper and re-photographed, pointing to memory as being increasingly fugitive, viewed through a lens that can be re-focused and overwritten.

“Artistic collaboration raises interesting and crucial questions about the nature of authorship and authenticity that inevitably disrupts the persistent and popular image of the artist as a ‘heroic’ solitary figure. Common to most collaborative practices is an implicit critique of the idea of the artist as a figure that stands outside of society engaged in an internal singular dialogue.”
-Mark Dunhill & Tamiko O’Brien, 2005

The Seashells, Honne Wells, Niko Solorio, Skronklife, Gautam Kansara @ Secret Project Robot, December 5, 2013, 9pm, Brooklyn, NY
December 18, 2013, 1:37 am
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The Seashells!! 9PM
Honne Wells!!! 10PM
Niko Solorio!!!! 11PM
Skronklife!!!!! 12AM

Projections by Gautam Kansara!!

The opening night of Secret Project’s Magical Holiday Village!!
Show starts at 9 sharp. Come early. Bring extra cash for warm concoctions and wonderful Art-Books-Gifts-food-ect!!

Afterparty at Happy Fun Hideaway!!

Hope to see you there:)

Secret Project Robot Art Experiment Dean Anthony Cercone Jr. Savage Dalessi Diaz Sarah Frances Kuhn David Shull Happyfun Hideaway Niko Solorio Gautam Nikolai Kansara

The Seashells (members of Poison Dartz, Psalms, Dirty Churches, and Dean Cercone/ Moon Oracle)

Niko Solorio (Pocket Niko, Etiquette for Gentlemen)

Honne Wells

Skronklife (Lizzie & the Makers, Glenn Branca Ensemble)

Can’t wait!!!

Also, “Changes” by Raul de Nieves and Alexandra Drewchin on view through Dec. 9th

The Report/Where Gone the Body w/Friends @ Secret Project Robot, June 27, 2013, 8pm, Brooklyn, NY
September 1, 2013, 3:55 am
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Faculty Exhibition #4 @ National Academy Museum and School, January 31 – April 29, 2013, New York City
September 1, 2013, 3:52 am
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Poison Dartz and Friends @ Secret Project Robot, March 23, 2013, 9pm, Brooklyn, NY
September 1, 2013, 2:37 am
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India Art Fair 2013 @ NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Shrine Empire Gallery Booth C-13, February 1-3, 2013, New Delhi, Inida
September 1, 2013, 2:23 am
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Bedtime Stories (The Mughal Empire) {excerpt}, 2012, 4:47 of 26:23
June 25, 2013, 6:07 am
Filed under: Single-Channel Video

Bedtime Stories addresses a number of historical topics that my mother is knowledgeable about, some of which she began researching during her PH.D at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies at the University of London in the 1970s. These include The Mughal Empire, The Parsi People, The Mahabharata, the Salt March of 1930, the Quit India Movement, and the partition of India.

My mother and I discuss these topics during recorded phone conversations. The resulting dialogues are edited into lectures and paired with rapid-fire slideshows sourced from google image results. Hundreds of keywords pulled from the lectures are visualized, providing a collective counterpoint to the intimacy of my mother’s pedagogy.


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