Curated by Merryn Trevethan and Amelia Abdullahsani, this show invited artists to react to the theme of the "Public Square", creating artworks no larger than 40cm x 40 cm at the base. My work for this exhibition is titled "Unravelling the Square"
NPE Artist Residency, Singapore (Residency April to June 2019, Residency Exhibition July to September 2019)
Participated in the NPE residency in Singapore from April to June 2019. The residency show is on until September.
NPE Art Residency is pleased to invite you to Nandita Mukand and Inessa Kalabekova’s joint exhibition, Ethno-city!
“Our lives are part and parcel of small and large scale milieus and historical shifts coloring our every experience,” shares Joao Biehl from Princeton University in an appropriate age where cultures amalgamate and transcience is a constant.
Concerned with how urbanization with its attendant lifestyle choices continously changes us as individuals and transforms the collective psyche of our world, Nandita Mukand fashions urban materials into organic forms reminiscent of organic growth and decay. Attempting to connect with the experience that she gets from nature, she manipulates material to evoke visceral responses that enables us to question the betweens of the natural and urban. Commenting on the extraordinary Peranakan culture, Inessa K narrates this folklore through the western lens of a curious juvenile. Her magical tales are a reflection of the city’s mish-mash of culture, which is also evident in the multi-language home of Inessa. Her deliberate stir between fictional stories and anthropology also depicts the desires and curiousities beneath the political and material constraints of a transient world.
Ethno-city is an adventure into the temporal voyage of the metropolitan. It is interested in the products of culture, the frictions between differences and the tension between nature and urbanization.
Opening Reception: 4th July 2019, 630pm
Address: NPE Gallery (Level 2), 39 - 41 Kallang Place, Singapore 339169
On a Saturday afternoon in conversation with artist Madhvi Subrahmanian, Singapore Art Museum Curator Andrea Fam and Aaron Teo of the Private Museum. The exhibition catalogue was also launched on this occasion with an insightful essay by Andrea Fam. Link to Essay
Participants: Artists Madhvi Subramanian and Nandita Mukand, Assistant Curator Singapore Art Museum Andrea Fam and Aaron Teo of The Private Museum. Held on 6th April 2019. Exhibition catalogues were also launched on this day with essay by Andrea Fam. Link to Essay
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, The Private Museum (TPM) is pleased to present From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows by Singapore-based artists, Madhvi Subrahmanian and Nandita Mukand. As part of TPM’s Women Artists series, this joint exhibition follows the most recent developments of the artists’ practices, featuring installation and sculptural works informed by their ongoing explorations into nature and how it responds to our everyday life in the city.
Subrahmanian reflects on the fluid interconnectedness of nature and urban cultures. Bringing together conceptual and sensory experiences, her works are often participatory and/or immersive in nature. Her contemplative process attempts to trace the imprints of the intangible through her investigations into city structures, space layouts, archaeological sites and the displacement of objects by shape-shifting shadows. Drawing upon her interest in metaphysics and its abstract concepts such as being, knowing, identity, time, space; and neuroplasticity, Mukand's practice observes the deep intricacies of nature, mingled and merged with the working of the urban mind. Through the amalgamation of synthetic and organic materials, her works ruminate upon citified mindsets and illuminate urban veils that separate us from nature.
Through the inquisitive lens of both the artists, From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows seeks to challenge our perceptions of nature and life – inviting the viewer to delve deeper and engage in new conversations about our urban existence—with or without—nature.
Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: The Private Museum
Mrs Rosa Daniel
Chief Executive Officer
National Arts Council
Nandita Mukand is a Singapore-based artist. Her work deals with the relationship with Nature and spirituality from within the contemporary urban context. She employs materiality to question the impact urban life has on our experience of time and the meaning we give to our own existence.