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

CALL FOR ENTRIES- Syncretism and Play


Deadline:
Mon May 23, 2005 00:00

Drain mag- journal of contemporary art and culture (www.drainmag.com) invites submissions for its upcoming issues-
Please contact Avantika Bawa for more information at avantika@drainmag.com

Syncretism
Issue #05
The journal invites artists and writers to contribute to a discussion of syncretism - the reconciliation of disparate beliefs, systems of thought and forms of expression. Syncretism is the acceptance of a foreign or unfamiliar practice or in Diderot’s thought, the harmony of eclectic sources. More recently it has become associated with Candomble, Santeria and Vodou, which reflect the myriad of African, Amerindian, European and North American cultures from which they emerged. Here, the ostensible incorporation allowed for covert resistance and a rich process of melange, in which associations between symbols, icons, and a variety of techniques and media are assembled.
The next issue of Drain would like to query whether syncretism is an appropriate term for the constructive interaction between different cultures and, or is syncretism a means to delineate a particular avenue of cultural imperialism? Can syncretism be used to describe the fluid transference of the sacred and secular in contemporary art? Finally, may syncretism more generally be described as a disjunctive and open form of cultural production, as applicable to Haitian Vodou as it is to multi-media installation and open source works on the web?
Deadline: July 20th, 2005
Launch: October 8th, 2005

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 1st, 2006

 


OPPORTUNITY

CALL FOR ENTRIES


Deadline:
Sat Oct 30, 2004 07:19

CALL FOR ENTRIES
t(here)
Aquaspace and Drain mag (www.drainmag.com) invite submission for short films as part of the t(here) series.
t(here) will be presented as part of the Fusion/Diffusion show to be held during the first week of December at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi.
It will also be presented as part of the launch for issue #04- ‘Lost in Translation’ of Drain mag- journal of contemporary art and culture.
This launch will take place at aquaspace- Savannah, Georgia during the month of February.

The works in t(here) will be the result combining opposites, fusing concepts and tinkering with ‘hybrids’. These combinations could be the result of merging of varied ideas, processes, mediums and sensibilities to name a few.
t(here) further seeks to examine and question the problem and possibilities of such fusions and the losses that occur as a result. How do these so-called permutations and losses inform and initiate the creative process?
Can they be used to draw attention to a cultural chaos, an amalgam of indiscernible forms and a mulligatawny of ideas and then move beyond to voice a fresh idea and concept? Through this examination of translation, combinations and conversion of art across cultures, mediums and processes we hope to present a series of short films that rigorously challenge and address the above.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS-

-5-7 minute film/video (silent preferable) presented on a NTSC DVD.

-Brief statement on the piece (maximum 60 words).

-Brief bio (maximum 50words).

-Artists CV.

-A Self addressed stamped envelope for return of material.

APPLICATION DEADLINE- NOV 20, 2004

MAIL ALL MATERIALS TO -
AVANTIKA BAWA
15 WEST JONES LANE:APT G
SAVANNAH, GA 31401
USA

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT- avantika@drainmag.com


DISCUSSION

Drain Issue 03-Deterritorialization


We are pleased to announce that the third issue of Drain: Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture is now available online (www.drainmag.com).

The theoretical parameters for this issue revolve around the concept of'Deterritorialization'. It features essays by Ian Buchanan, Felicity Colman, Bianca Hester, Adrian Parr and Jon Roffe. Carla Lipsig-Mumme and Simon O'Sullivan have contributed pieces in the creative writing section, whilst the artists' works feature contributions by Shelly Bahl, Michelle Barczak, Avantika Bawa, Bianca Hester, Tim Jackson, and Sara Padgett. The review and interview section features the works of Peter Horvarth, Craig Drennen and Rana Bishara written by Celina Jeffery,Fred Jesser and Sandro
Imperato respectively.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to welcome Greg Minissale, an art historian of Islamic art and critical theorist to the Drain team of editors and Alex Young as part of the site management.

Dis solve- an aquaspace exhibtion organized in conjunction with this issue will take place during the second week of November, with a formal opening
on the 6th of Nov, from 6-9.30 pm. Look out for details!

With this third issue now in place, we are excited to see the rapid growth of the journal and its audience. We wish you a stimulating, thought provoking and enjoyable read and look forward to comments and
contributions for our upcoming issue, Lost In Translation.

Sincerely,

Avantika Bawa
Michelle Barzak
Celina Jeffery
Adrian Parr

MANAGERIAL BOARD

DISCUSSION

Launch of Drain Issue 03-Deterritorialization


We are pleased to announce that the third issue of Drain: Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture is now available online (www.drainmag.com).

The theoretical parameters for this issue revolve around the concept of'Deterritorialization'. It features essays by Ian Buchanan, Felicity Colman, Bianca Hester, Adrian Parr and Jon Roffe. Carla Lipsig-Mumme and Simon O'Sullivan have contributed pieces in the creative writing section, whilst the artists' works feature contributions by Shelly Bahl, Michelle Barczak, Avantika Bawa, Bianca Hester, Tim Jackson, and Sara Padgett. The review and interview section features the works of Peter Horvarth, Craig Drennen and Rana Bishara written by Celina Jeffery,Fred Jesser and Sandro
Imperato respectively.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to welcome Greg Minissale, an art historian of Islamic art and critical theorist to the Drain team of editors and Alex Young as part of the site management.

DIs solve- an aquaspace exhibtion organized in conjunction with this issue will take place during the second week of November, with a formal opening
on the 6th of Nov, from 6-9.30 pm. Look out for details!

With this third issue now in place, we are excited to see the rapid growth of the journal and its audience. We wish you a stimulating, thought provoking and enjoyable read and look forward to comments and contributions for our upcoming issue, Lost In Translation.

OPPORTUNITY

Call for papers- Remote Control


Deadline:
Thu Jun 24, 2004 07:28

DRAIN- An online journal for contemporary art and culture
(www.drainmag.com)

Call for Papers - Remote Control
Issue #02