• VIKRAM DIVECHA

    VIKRAM DIVECHA

    INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM (ISP) OF THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART July 9, 2019

    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


     

    We a proud to share that Vikram Divecha has been accepted into the highly prestigious Independent Study Program (ISP) under the auspices of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Having been selected as one of 14 participants in the Studio Program, the ISP provides a setting within which students pursuing art practice, curatorial work, art historical scholarship, and critical writing engage in ongoing discussions and debates that examine the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of artistic production. 

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  • MOHAMMED KAZEM AND VIKRAM DIVECHA

    MOHAMMED KAZEM AND VIKRAM DIVECHA

    SECOND HAND July 9, 2019

    Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai 

    3 July - 23 November 2019 



    Second Hand brings together works from the Art Jameel Collection that explore materiality in contemporary art practice. Focusing on different modes of expression through sculpture, installation, assemblage, drawing, photography, painting and performance, the artworks challenge the way we perceive material and our understanding of what the material represents.
    The exhibition includes works by Mohammed Kazem and Virkam Divecha as well as local, regional and international artists, highlighting the incorporation of banal and everyday objects into their work to construct new forms and ideas.

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  • VIKRAM DIVECHA

    VIKRAM DIVECHA

    In Response: Leonard Cohen May 5, 2019

    The Jewish Museum, New York

    Sunday, 5 May from 6.30pm to 9pm 


     

    We are pleased to share that Vikram Divecha will participate in a performance programme hosted at The Jewish Museum alongside Columbia University Visual Arts MFA candidates and recent alumni as they present new video, sound, performance, and installation-based artworks in response to the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything.

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  • VIKRAM DIVECHA

    VIKRAM DIVECHA

    Visual Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition 2019 May 5, 2019

    Wallach Art Gallery, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University, New York

    Curated by Regine Basha

    28 April - 26 May 2019 


     

    MFA degree candidates in the Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts program present their thesis projects culminating two years of intensive artistic development. For Vikram Divecha’s inclusion, the artist presents both an ambitious and immersive installation within the exhibition space entitled Gallery 354, 2019, considering the many objects housed from Melanesia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Taking the subdued lighting at Gallery 354 as a departure point, this work is a mediation on exposure, failure, time, loss and darkness.

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  • Vikram Divecha

    Vikram Divecha

    Beej April 7, 2019

    Beej
    Intervention at roundabout, Al Naba’ah, Sharjah


     

    Originally conceived and commissioned on occasion of Sharjah Biennial 2017, Vikram Divecha’s long-term project Beej, the Urdu word for seed, activates the potential for agricultural farming within the municipal workforce of Sharjah, predominantly labourers from Pakistan, who tend to Sharjah’s urban landscaping. In doing so, the artist had requested two gardeners to travel home to bring vegetable and grain seeds from their family farms in Lahore and Punjab. Along with others in the community, they sowed the seeds within a roundabout, a site of convening and dispersal hosting the cycles of sowing and harvesting, in the Al Naba’ah residential neighbourhood of Sharjah. This project is supported by Sharjah Municipality and Maraya Art Centre.

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  • Vikram Divecha

    Vikram Divecha

    Living Room: UIT (Use it together) February 12, 2019

    International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York Curated by Amanda Abi Khalil

     

    12 February - 10 May 2019
    Preview: 12 February from 6 - 9 pm


     

    We are pleased to share that Vikram Divecha will take part in a group exhibition at The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, entitled Living Room: UIT (Use it together) a collective site­specific proposition by resident curator Amanda Abi Khalil.

     

    This exhibition includes a television channel with videos that comment on the aesthetics of participatory approaches in social art practices. Inspired by artist Hélio Oiticica’s discussions of Eden and theorist Stephen Wright’s concept of Arte Útil, Living Room takes over an exhibition space that usually triggers modes of spectatorship. Turning ISCP’s Project Space into a room for living, a shared space—by altering its function to a space of usership, created, used and activated (together) by the people who inhabit it—transforms its capacity to frame what is displayed inside it as art.

     

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  • Vikram Divecha

    Vikram Divecha

    Aesthetics of Extraction February 7, 2019

    GSAPP Incubator at NEW INC, 231 Bowery, New York

     

    Thursday, 7 February 2019


     

    We’re thrilled to bring to your attention that Vikram Divecha will participate in the next edition of Columbia University's Works in Progress artist event series, entitled Aesthetics of Extraction, taking place at 6pm on 7th February at GSAPP Incubator at NEW INC, New York.

     

    This edition of Works in Progress brings together artists and researchers who deal with the visual cultures of extraction from material harvesting to data extraction industries, from regimes of spatial imaging technologies to instruments of financial exaction. Aesthetics of Extraction hopes to offer new ways of “looking” at environmental, sociopolitical, and economic sites of extraction, the abstractions and realities they co­produce, and render visible latent or actual pressures, paradoxes and fissures imbricated in such fabrics.

     

    Vikram Divecha is an artist whose diverse practice addresses time, value and labor. His projects often developed around 'found processes’—those forces and capacities at work within social and economic systems.

     

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    VIKRAM DIVECHA

    Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) September 9, 2018

    Various locations in New York

     

    5 September - 2 November

    Studio visit: Monday, October 29, 6:30 - 8:30pm


    Vikram Divecha’s engagements with institutions, urban processes and commercial operations leave behind a repository of material at his studio. His strategies of intervention and collaboration are evidenced throughout these various art objects and Divecha takes his visitors through each investigative journey: Gare Saint Lazare station, Paris; an inconspicuous venture at Frieze Art Fair, New York; participation from Manhattan’s Road Marking crew; and his growing interest about how light descends upon objects from Melanesia at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York.
     
  • VIKRAM DIVECHA

    VIKRAM DIVECHA

    Who Are We Now? June 10, 2018

    Land Art Mongolia 360°, Khentii Province

    Curated by Lewis Biggs

     

    30 July - 8 August


    Vikram Divecha collaborates with a local coal supplier as part of his residency to create works for the 5th edition of Land Art Mongolia (LAM). The exhibition asks pertinent questions such as how do we situate art, and specifically art made in the Mongolian context, in relation to Humanism and the Anthropocene Age. LAM focuses on Land Art as a form of spatial visualisation of the relations between nature, culture and social policies. It promotes freedom of expression in joining people and institutions from all sectors of Mongolian society by meshing their respective backgrounds and perspectives through collaboration and networking actions of regional and global scope.

     

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  • VIKRAM DIVECHA AND MOHAMMED KAZEM

    VIKRAM DIVECHA AND MOHAMMED KAZEM

    Uncommon Dubai + June 10, 2018

    Edited by Sharmeen Inayat

     

    Published in April 2018 


    Vikram Divecha and Mohammed Kazem contribute to Uncommon Dubai +, a publication that offers a sliver of quotidian and artistic reflections on spaces of change and exchange, imbued with meaning and memory for individuals, communities and diasporas that enrich the city and its neighbouring emirates. Against the backdrop of the morphing coastline and the alluring locus of the creek, explore memoirs, investigations and poetic landscapes of the mind that are meant to engage with the contrasts of the city and offer collective aspirations for its past, present and possible futures.

     

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  • VIKRAM DIVECHA

    VIKRAM DIVECHA

    First Year MFA Exhibition April 3, 2018

    Wallach Art Gallery, New York

    Curated by Natalie Bell

     

    Until 8 April


    As part of his first-year exhibition at Columbia University, Vikram Divecha presents a single partition panel that is acquired from the contractors of Frieze art fair. The panel will be returned to the contractor to be installed as a functional partition panel at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde's booth during Frieze New York in May. Panel (2018), is an ongoing project and examines how objects and practices accrue value, as they circulate via galleries, institutions, fairs and exhibitions. Divecha intends to keep fluctuating the role of the panel post the art fair.

     

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    Vikram Divecha

    Beej, 2017 March 4, 2018

    Al Naba'ah, Sharjah


    With support from Shurooq and Sharjah Art Foundation, an underground water tank and pump were recently installed in a roundabout in Al Naba'ah residential area to meet the harvest season from February - April and November - January for Vikram's project for Sharjah Biennial 13.

     

    In June 2017, Divecha created a site-specific installation by activating a potential for farming in a roundabout in Al Naba'ah residential area. He invited municipal workforce, who look after Sharjah's landscaping, to bring vegetable and grain seeds of their choice from their family farms in Lahore and Punjab. They sowed these seeds in the roundabout, which now becomes host to span several cycles of sowing and harvesting. Beej calls into question the position of the gardeners' in relation to the land that they cultivate, both in Pakistan and in the UAE. The unregistered seeds highlight the movement, presence and status of those who tend them. Participating gardeners are Sajad Hussain Bughio, Muhammad Saleem Manzoor Ahmed and Muhammad Shabbir Ahmad Din.

     

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  • Vikram Divecha

    Vikram Divecha

    Untold Stories Retold March 4, 2018

    Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi

     

    7 March - 24 June


    Warehouse421 restages UAE's participation at two recent national exhibitions from the Venice Biennale's International Art Exhibition (2017) and International Architecture Exhibition (2016). Curated by Hammad Nasar, Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play features works by Vikram Divecha, Nujoom Alghanem, Sara Al Haddad, Lantian Xie and Dr Mohamed Yousif, and explores a strand of artistic practice in the UAE through the analogy of play.

     

    Commissioned by the UAE Pavilion, the Haerizadeh brothers and Hesam Rahmanian fashioned a playground in book form, which is included in the accompanying catalogue and serves both as an additional site of the exhibition and as its speculative expansion featuring works over 40 pages by the artists.

     

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  • Vikram Divecha

    Vikram Divecha

    Co-Lab: contemporary art and savoir-faire March 4, 2018

    Louvre Abu Dhabi

    Curated by Alia Zaal Lootah

     

    Until 25 March


    As part of the French-Emirati Cultural Programme, in collaboration with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, this exhibition is based on the collaboration between four artists living in the UAE and four well-known historical French manufacturers. Responding to the role of railways in the standardisation of time during the Industrial Revolution, Divecha introduces an intervention within the French Railway schedule as part of his collaboration with MTX - Broderie Architecturale. Through Saint-Lazare train station, a train journey from Paris to Rouen is captured by Claude Monet and revisited by Divecha in an attempt to question our perception of time.

     

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  • ART DUBAI 2017

    ART DUBAI 2017

    March 15, 2017

    Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

    Booth E6

     

    15 - 18 March


    We are pleased to participate in the 11th edition of Art Dubai with works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem, Abdelkader Benchamma, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.

     

  • VIKRAM DIVECHA AND ABDELKADER BENCHAMMA

    VIKRAM DIVECHA AND ABDELKADER BENCHAMMA

    Sharjah Biennial 13 February 12, 2017

    Various Venues

    Curated by Christine Tohme

     

    10 March - 12 June


    We are pleased to announce Vikram Divecha and Abdelkader Benchamma's participation in Sharjah Biennial 13, which unfolds in five parts from October 2016 through October 2017. Tamawuj, a noun in Arabic which is defined as a rising and falling in waves, but also a flowing, swelling, surging, fluctuation or a wavy undulating appearance outline or form, is reflective of SB13's aims to cultivate collaborations, infrastructures and strategies within Sharjah and the project localities. Divecha and Benchamma will create site-specific commissions for the Biennial, which poses questions around, and proposes answers to the conditions for the possibility of an art world.

     

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  • VIKRAM DIVECHA

    VIKRAM DIVECHA

    Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play January 18, 2017

    National Pavilion United Arab Emirates

    57th Venice Biennale

    Curated by Hammad Nasar

     

    13 May - 26 November


    The National Pavilion of United Arab Emirates at the 57th Venice Biennale presents works by five diverse artists including Vikram Divecha, Nujoom Alghanem, Lantian Xie, Sara Al Haddad and Mohamed Yousif. The exhibition will explore a strand of artistic practice in the UAE through the analogy of play. Featuring existing works, re-fabrication of 'lost' works and new commissions, the exhibition will stage a set of nested questions: Where does 'playfulness' in artistic practice come from? How and where is 'play' nurtured? What does 'play' do?

     

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  • VIKRAM DIVECHA

    VIKRAM DIVECHA

    Binary States, India - UAE January 1, 2017

    Kochi-Muziris Biennale

     

    Until 29 March


    As part of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the satellite exhibition Binary States, India - UAE explores the bilateral relations between India and UAE across multiple disciplines, where Vikram Divecha presents Veedu (Malayalam for house), a film highlighting aspects of the strong community from Kerala living and working in the UAE. Building a house in their native city holds a lot of importance for these expats. These houses take many shapes, and are at times influenced by architecture from the Gulf. The remittances that are directed towards these houses take many forms - from aesthetics to arab-ness, from longing to pride. Following the design process of two house plans, this film will be shaped by exchanges between UAE-based clients and a Kerala-based architectural firm. Besides highlighting Emirati-Indian ties through various media and topics, the exhibition also celebrates the overlapping elements in Emirati-Indian cultures, which date back to decades of social, urban, and economic ties.

     

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  • VIKRAM DIVECHA

    VIKRAM DIVECHA

    Sweeping January 1, 2017

    March Project 2016

    Sharjah Art Foundation

     

    Until 19 February


    Vikram Divecha participates in the third edition of March Project 2016 exhibition, which features site-specific works developed by five artists during an educational residency programme. Divecha presents a new body of work, entitled Sweeping (2016) where he remaps the routes of five sweepers to converge towards the Sharjah Art Museum building. Every day a team of sweepers clean the streets of Al Shuwaihean neighbourhood that surrounds the museum building. Each sweeper is assigned a specific route, which they silently map while collecting the refuse in green trash bags and depositing them on the sidewalk to create a temporary public sculpture in sight of the museum building. The work disorders the waste management process and frames an encounter between the quotidian neighbourhood and the public institution that sits within it, enacted by the sweepers' routines and the detritus they sweep.

     

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  • Vikram Divecha

    Vikram Divecha

    September 28, 2016

    We are very pleased to announce that Vikram Divecha has joined the gallery's roster of artists.

     

    Vikram Divecha (born 1977, Beirut) is a Mumbai-raised artist based in the UAE. He has developed a research-based, pedestrian practice in Dubai, where he is constantly negotiating for existing space, material and labour, to work with what he terms 'found processes' - forces and capacities that prevail in a society. Divecha works with urban processes and systems within state, social and industrial spheres and situates his practice in these operations to examine, intervene and extract the various layers of a given situation. In doing so, he withdraws himself from the final result to let the 'found processes' take over the works, which are not necessarily for the hermetic world of white cubes, but out in the streets and populated places. After introducing a set of parameters, Divecha engages in slow processes that would then evolve in an autonomous manner. Through his engagement with members of the community such as municipal gardeners, rock-blasting engineers, street sweepers and other diverse faculties, he creates idiosyncratic situations that translate into public art, permanent fixtures, sculptural installations and video works.

     

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    Vikram Divecha

    Portrait Sessions September 7, 2016

    Tashkeel, Dubai

     

    7 September - 13 October


    During the year-long Critical Practice Programme 2015-16 at Tashkeel, Vikram Divecha closely collaborated with Debra Levine to present a project that questions positions of value through the context of time and money. Portrait Sessions invites a spectrum of self-identified 'non-professional painters' to become 'the artist' and to paint Divecha's portrait. The duration of each portrait session is determined by how much time AED 150 can buy according to each 'artist's' professional rate. Providing participants with a 65 x 50 cm primed canvas paper, acrylic paints and brushes, Divecha will be the only model during the sessions until the end of the exhibition on 13 October.

     

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