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Young Talent Program

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The Young Talent Program is a project of the Alliance française that aims to promote the local visual artists of Bangalore through a unique platform that will showcase 6 to 8 exhibitions each year of some of the most promising young artists. Curated by Franck Barthélémy and Balan Nambiar, the program intends to push and support the career of the selected artists and to diffuse more widely their work by giving them a field and a place to express their art.

The official photographer for the first series of YTP exhibitions is John Rowell. You can check out his work on www.john-rowell.com or on Facebook.

DateTitleArtistDescription
1 Jun - 21 Jun 2016Si Bangalore m'était contéArchana NarendranArchana Narendra draws. The city is her inspiration. She is part of it. She offers us selected snapshots of it, the way youngsters will capture images on their phones. She travels in a rickshaw, she wants to immortalise a street scene happening just in front of her, she pulls out her sketch book and draws. Watching her works, one can feel the moment. It is immediate; the time is frozen; the movement had stopped. To make sure one does understand what stroke her, she highlights elements with watercolours. A red wall here; a pink train there : she drops vivid colours as if she was making a mental note. Perhaps for her to remember. Perhaps to guide her through her very rich drawings. – Franck Barthélémy
20 Apr - 10 May 2016Blurring BoundariesPriyanka Ella LorenaFor many years, experts kept fashion and art separate. There was a clear boundary between fashion designers and visual artists. Then came St Laurent and Mondrian or Schiaparelli and Dali as well as Picasso and Parade or De Chirico and Les Ballets Russes. Designers got inspired by artists and artists got excited by fashion. Though a fashion designer by training and profession, Priyanka Lama made her young emerging fashion journey an art experience. Her designs, her fabric, her photographs and her sets are forming a practise that floats somewhere between art and artisanat. A promising exhibition without doubt ! - Franck Barthélémy
21 Jan - 9 Feb 2016Carnets de voyageSimon Lamouret“Pliny the Elder reported that Dibutades, a potter’s daughter from Corinth, made the first drawing. Her beloved friend was to travel away from the city. In order to remember him, she marked the contour of the boy’s head on a wall, following the shadow produced by a lamp’s light.
Simon Lamouret also finds his inspiration in real life and through graphic novels creates travel logs. The French artist being in Bangalore, he naturally tells us his experience of the city with comic strips and illustrations. Detailed, rich and sharp, the drawings reflect his observations of the city as well as his feelings … sometimes his criticisms. Surely a very personal show not to be missed !” – Franck Barthélémy
13 Nov - 3 Dec(in)vertoSiddharth Sadashiv“There are two kinds of photographers. Those who are able to document a reality and those who can create from that reality. Siddharth, a designer by training and a photographer by passion, belongs to the second category. He ‘translates graphic building’ (Julius Shulman), he transforms the reality of concrete and glass into a language he is learning with dexterity.” - Franck Barthélémy
30 Sep - 20 OctBlack and WhiteSaleem Shoyab“Saleem uses pen and ink on paper to draw contemporary forms and then clothes them in words and text that is drawn from newspapers. The ideas and objects encountered in everyday life are conveyed in great detail and cleverly sheathed with newspaper text – challenging the viewer to introspect on current issues…..” – Ravi Cavale
15 Jul - 4 AuganahataSohini Dasgupta“Sohini’s works remind me of music and silence, perhaps a silent composition. Her works could well be a visual illustration of the 4’33’’John Cage composed in the 50s. It was nicknamed the ‘Silent piece’. Perhaps Sohini too is exploring the ‘negative space’, that space that’s always hidden by the positive we are so used to see, a space most of us are unconsciously ignoring. The space exists in opposition to the one we are familiar with. Sohini is questioning the reality of what we see :where is the truth ? What is the truth ? Is there something to understand out there ? Is Wittgenstein right ?” – Franck Barthélémy
3 Jun - 23 JunInhumanDeepak K."I believe the world of reality has limits and the world of imagination is boundless. In my painting there is a world beyond logic and reason, it is a world of pure love, relationship and sharing" - Balan Nambiar
22 Apr - 12 MayΜετάPrasad KV“Black & white, using charcoal or pencil, multicolour, using pen, pastel or acrylic, he masters the scale of his works with an eye to detail. He is a city animal and creates on paper urban landscapes with sharpness and precision. He translates his mundane observations of his close environment into a form of narrative criticism of the society.” – Franck Barthélémy

OPEN CALL 2016 – Young Talent Program

The Alliance française de Bangalore is pleased to announce the open call for its Young Talent Program for the year 2016!

The Young Talent Program is a project of the Alliance française that aims to promote the local visual artists of IMG_0946
Bangalore through a unique platform that will showcase 7 exhibitions each year of some of the most promising young artists. Curated by Franck Barthélémy and Balan Nambiar, the program intends to push and support the career of the selected artists and to diffuse more widely their work by giving them a field and a place to express their art.

Started in April 2015, the program has successfully hosted 5 artists from different fields of visual arts. Each of these artists was guided by the jury members for their first solo show. At the end of the cycle of 7 exhibitions, the Alliance française will launch a catalogue, bringing together the 7 artists and the journey of the program. This catalogue will be distributed to the Alliance française network in India as well as a few important AFs in the world, along with renowned galleries, libraries, research institutes and cultural centres.

Selection:
– Selection done by the jury
– The artist must not be more than 30 years of age
– The artist must not have had any solo exhibitions in the past in a gallery in India
– The artist must be living in Bangalore for at least a year
– Artists must be from the field of visual arts
– Each selected artist will be able to showcase his/her work for a period of 3 weeks
– The Alliance will take care of the inauguration & promotion of the exhibition as well as the artist.
– Each selected artist will receive a “stipend” of 15,000 INR for the production costs. Any other expenses will have to be borne by the artist.
– At the end of each cycle of 7 artists, the Alliance française will publish a catalogue with the artists’ portfolios, which will be distributed across the galleries and cultural centres in India & France.

Interested artists must send in their CV and portfolio to culture.bangalore@afindia.org
Please make sure to include at least 10 photographs of your artwork.
All incomplete requests will be rejected.
LAST DATE FOR ENTRIES: 18 November 2015