Avantika Bawa
Since 2004
Works in Savannah, Georgia United States of America

BIO
BIOGRAPHY

Avantika Bawa is a visual artist and curator, based in Atlanta, Georgia and New Delhi India. She has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (1995). She was a recent participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008).

Bawa has exhibited nationally and internationally in exhibitions such as the South by East Biennial in Boca Raton, FL; a solo at the Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi, India and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center; and juried group shows at the Drawing Center and Smack Mellon, NY and SAVAC, Canada.

Bawa’s curatorial work began with a hotel room show during the Art in Chicago fair (98’) and has grown through her studio and gallery, aquaspace - a laboratory for new and multi media art. In April 2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain - Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture (www.drainmag.com).

She currently teaches in the School of Fine Arts of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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OPPORTUNITY

COLD


Deadline:
Fri Feb 20, 2009 00:00

Drain - Journal of Contemporary art and Culture, is now accepting submissions for it's forthcoming issue on Cold (www.drainmag.com)

COLD
Our baroque and abundant consumption has led to an economic and climatic meltdown. In the last decade, the frenzied emphasis on growth and mass consumption manifested an opulent aesthetic of brightly colored advertisements and plastic disposable goods. In the wake of the current collapse, the purity, simplicity and refinement of a calmer and cooler culture is now alluring.

Can transparent, clear and meditative practice counter this lavish, hot and hysterical culture? Is it possible for the clarity and lucidity of this coolness to connect cultures and move us into the future?

This issue of Drain is interested in curating a collection of critical writing and art practices to transform the way in which we think about how these various degrees of cold collaborate.

Submission deadline: February 20, 2009
Please send submissions to: Avantika Bawa - avantika@drainmag.com and Stuart Keeler - r.stuartkeeler@gmail.com

Drain is a refereed online journal published biannually. The journal seeks to promote lively and well-informed debate around theory and praxis. Each issue of Drain will have a specific concept that it explores. We are especially keen to publish pieces that connect the conceptual framework of each issue to themes such as globalization, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, capitalism and new technologies, as well as ethical and aesthetic concerns. As such, we welcome creative responses to contemporary culture, as well as written work by practitioners in the field of culture. Our primary mission is to provide an environment where a variety of creative activities can be explored with a combination of sensitivity and rigor

Managerial board: Avantika Bawa, Celina Jeffery & Adrian Parr


OPPORTUNITY

Sisyphean Desires, Systems & Devices


Deadline:
Wed Aug 23, 2006 16:46

CALL FOR ENTRIES
aquaspace and Drain - Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture, (www.drainmag.com) invite submissions for time-based works as part of the Sisyphean Desires, Systems and Devices series. The screening will be presented as part of the launch for Issue #07 -


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Call for submission-DESIRE


Deadline:
Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:45

Drain mag- Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture (www.drainmag.com) invites submission for its upcoming issue on Desire

Many collaborative art and design practices take the sociality of cultural practices as their starting point. As such these forms of contemporary culture challenge us to experience desire beyond the framework of pleasure, lack, natural drive, or even subjectivity. Inevitably, what begins to happen here is that we start to think and experience "desire" as a zone of intensity or affectivity that defies rigid organization. Similiarly, theorists such as Deleuze, Guattari, Hardt, Negri, Grosz, Reich, and Agamben have also in their own way embraced the materiality of desire inviting us to consider desire as social.

In effect there is an important shift in focus that is being proposed here: it is not ideology that produces the masses but the masses that produce ideology. This issue of Drain intends to lean upon the concept of "desire" as material process to explore cultural activities that operate according to a spirit of cooperation, all the while clearly situating the specificity of such practices within a contemporary political context.

The editorial board of Drain is interested in papers and artworks that address cultural practices that prompt us to face the perennial problem of desire in a capitalist world. In this respect this issue aims to further our understanding of the different investments desire can take (repressive or open) from the vantage point of culture. Essays(and art works) that examine the politics and/or ethics implicit within practices operating along the interstices of art and technology, art and design, architecture and urbanism, or theory and practice are especially welcome.

ABOUT DRAIN
Drain seeks to promote lively and well-informed debate around theory and praxis. Each issue of Drain has a specific concept that it explores. For more information, contact Avantika Bawa at avantika@drainmag.com or vist us at www.drainmag.com


OPPORTUNITY

CALL FOR ENTRIES - 60 SECONDS OF PLAYa


Deadline:
Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:43

CALL FOR ENTRIES - 60 SECONDS OF PLAY…..

Aquaspace and Drain magazine, the journal for contemporary art and culture, (www.drainmag.com) invite submissions for one-minute audio, video and time-based works as part of the 60 seconds of Play series. The screening will be presented as part of the launch for Issue #06 - ‘PLAY’ of Drain.

The works in 60 seconds of Play question how playful energy might be a driving force in art and society.

Drawing attention to trials and errors, mischievousness, illusions, irregularities, pretences, and states of “make-believe” this series of shorts will bring together the familiar and unfamiliar. We welcome offbeat works that delve into how “play” operates as a sociopolitical force in creative practices. In exploring these qualities, this series encourages all contributors to visually and/or aurally experiment with their mediums and take a few risks!

This launch will take place in the Project room of Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia (www.saltworksgallery.com).
LAUNCH DATE APRIL 22
SHOW DATES APRIL 22 - MAY 27
The series will also be presented at the Forum Gallery of Cranbrook Academy of Art (date TBA)

The launch will also include a live performance by sound artist Jason Wynne and a mobile exhibition curated by artist Michelle Barczak.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS-
The piece should be no longer than 60 seconds.
It could be film, video, audio or a series of stills and should reflect the concept of the show.
FORMAT- 720X540 Quick time (uncompressed), 16bit stereo sound, 44.1 KHz on a CD or DVD

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED INFORMATION
Brief statement on the piece (60 - 80 words)
Brief bio (50-80 words)
Artists CV
All text should be submitted as hard copies and on a CD as a Word document

APPLICATION FEE
$10 per entry suggested. Make check payable to Avantika Bawa.
Money collected will be used in part towards the maintenance of the Drain site.

APPLICATION DEADLINE- Feb 27, 2006

MAIL ALL MATERIALS TO -
AVANTIKA BAWA
175 MELLRICH AVENUE
ATLANTA, GA, 30317 USA

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT- avantika@drainmag.com


DISCUSSION

Call for entries-PLAY


Drain - journal of contemporary art and culture
CALL FOR ENTRIES-
Play - Issue #06
How might playful energy be a driving force in art and society? Drawing attention to trials and errors, mischievousness,
illusions, irregularities, pretences and states of 'make - believe' this forthcoming issue of Drain will bring together the
familiar and unfamiliar. We welcome works that delve into how 'play' operates as a sociopolitical force in creative practices.
In exploring these qualities this issue encourages all contributors to visually and/or theoretically tease and take a few risks
by shaking our senses around with a little bit of naughtiness.
Deadline: February 20th, 2006
Launch: April 20th, 2006
Drain seeks to promote lively and well-informed debate around theory and praxis. Each issue of Drain has a specific concept
that it explores. For more information, contact Avantika Bawa at avantika@drainmag.com or vist us at www.drainmag.com