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Bodhi Art is pleased to present Emerging Discourse, a two-part exhibition curated by Shaheen Merali. Merali articulates that it may seem that recent intellectual history has been using the post-structural as a way to understand post-colonialism. In constituting the role of representations and the social constructions of reality, the artists and musicians in this exhibition have questioned the notion of modernity’s obsession with progress. The exhibition is curated unhegemonically, to provide a cultural forum, a comparative and contemporaneous mapping of multiculturality.

This exhibition Emerging Discourse Part I recognises these voices that have demanded the return of the postcolonial in cultural production. In the words of the curator, “The use of anti-fascist and de-historical consciousness and the questioning of pedagogic European culture are all assembled in this grouping of nine artists’ works. If the political only arises at times of conflict, then these repressed statements are antagonistic voices, thereby helping us to shift the role of culture towards an intellectual transformation of changing, and sometimes even polysemic, signifiers.”

If, as Bhabha has cited – the life of memory exceeds the historic event by keeping alive the traces of images and words, then these collected works are splinters, gathered as an emerging discourse, encrusted and tinged by the barbaric times and values of mimesis. Emerging Discourses I, on view from 26 June – 18 July 2008, and will be followed by Emerging Discourses II, on view from 25 July – 15 August 2008.

Featured artists: Jaishri Abichandani was born in Mumbai, India, and immigrated to New York City in 1984. She received her Master of Visual Arts Degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London and has continued to intertwine art and activism in her career. Abichandani has shown her work internationally in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean as well as Mérida, New Delhi, Mumbai, Cape Town, Zurich, Utrecht, Glasgow and London. She has also curated a number of exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art and Exit Art and is the founding director of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC), New York and Asian Women’s Creative Collective, London.

Chila Kumari Burman was born in Liverpool. With a Masters in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from Slade School of Fine Arts, Chila Kumari Burman has exhibited internationally in London, New York, Banff (Canada), Stockholm, Dubai Art Fair, Bangkok, Beijing, Bangalore, Miami, Edinburgh, Singapore and Sydney. Her work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), BBC Bush House (London) and Arts Council of England among others.

Sophie Ernst grew up in Holland. She initially trained as an industrial mechanic at BMW. After graduating from the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam she received a grant from the Prins Bernhard Fonds to travel to Pakistan. Since then she has lived and exhibited across Europe and Asia. In 2006 she was awarded the UNESCO Aschberg bursary. Ernst currently lives and teaches in Lahore, Pakistan. She has most recently shown at Art Dubai (2007 & 2008), ShContemporary, Shanghai (2007) where she was awarded the Best of Discovery award, Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai (2007) and Royal Geographical Society (2007).

Maryam Jafri is an artist based in Copenhagen and New York. Her videos, installations and collages often focus on the role of language and memory in the construction of identities, from the individual to the national. She holds a BA from Brown University and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Recent solo shows include Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2006), Kunsthalle Helsinki (2006) and Malmo Art Museum (2005).

Karsh Kale is a percussionist/songwriter and primarily known for his tabla and electronic percussion playing skills. Born of Indian parents, Kale grew up in the U.S. Having grown up with musical traditions of the West and India, he has developed an original sound which moves beyond the parameter of the term “fusion”.

Aki Nawaz is a rap artist and front man of the group Fun-Da-Mental and an outspoken political commentator and social activist. He is the founder of the record label Nation records and lives and works in London.

Hetain Patel graduated in 2003 with Bachelors (Honors) in Fine Arts from Nottingham Trent University. In 2004, Hetain Patel received the decibel award from Arts Council England, East Midlands. Since then, his photography, video and live works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. From 2005-2007 he was awarded a two year residency with Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham. Patel’s work examines various sensory forms of language, communication and cultural identity. Often using his own body as a site for these discussions, he strives to find a connection with his heritage through the exploration of physics, rituals and Indian classical music

Sara Rahbar was born in Tehran, Iran in 1976 but migrated to New York with her family at the time of the revolution. She has studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design (London) and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York). Her work has been shown widely; a selected selection includes Pulse Art Fair, 2008; Queens Museum of Art (2008); and PS1 (2007).

Tejal Shah is a Mumbai based artist with a BFA in photography from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Her oeuvre includes photography, installation, performance and video art. Shah has exhibited widely including at the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2007); Tate Modern, London (2006); Thomas Erben gallery, New York (2006); and Gallery Prucjs and Oss, Berlin (2003).

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Emerging Discourse Part I
Featuring works by Various Artists
Kurator: Shaheen Merali

Künstler: Jaishri Abichandani, Chila Kumari Burman, Sophie Ernst, Maryam Jafri, Karsh Kale, Aki Nawaz, Hetain Patel, Sara Rahbar, Tejal Shah.