Please join us for a series of conversations with Atul Bhalla, Distinguished Climate Artist in Residence.
Atul Bhalla is a visionary conceptual artist whose work explores urgent environmental concerns. Through compelling public installations, photography, and video, Bhalla examines the relationship between urban waterscapes and their inhabitants. In this series, Bhalla will unfold his sustained preoccupation with the waterways of New Delhi by discussing his research at these sites and the artistic expression they inspire. Attempting the political through the poetical, Bhalla seeks to understand water as a repository of history, meaning, and myth leading to questions of water distribution, regulation, commodification, and pollution.
Monday, October 16, 5:30 pm
Atul Bhalla Public Talk – Have You Ever Seen the River?
Public talk: An exploration of research sites through repositories of history, meaning, and myth within water.
Belfer Room S020, CGIS South
Thursday, October 19, noon – 1:00 pm
Atul Bhalla Seminar – On the Edge
The political through the poetical – water as a repository of history, meaning, and myth leading to questions of water distribution, regulation, commodification, and pollution.
Room S354, CGIS South
Born in 1964, Atul Bhalla completed his bachelor’s in fine arts from the College of Art, University of Delhi, and his master’s in fine arts from the School of Art, Northern Illinois University, USA. He is presently a professor of visual art at Shiv Nadar University and lives and works in New Delhi, India.
He has had several solo shows, including Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2018, 2015, 2011); Art Museum, USA (2016, 2011); the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Rome (2016); SepiaEYE, New York (2015); Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Philadelphia (2011); Project 88, Mumbai (2009); and Aicon Gallery, London (2008), among others. He has also participated in various group shows, including CSMVS Museum, Mumbai (2023); the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art (2022–23); Vadehra Art Gallery (2023, 2020); the Chennai Photo Biennale (2019); Haverford College, Philadelphia (2019); FotofestBiennale, Houston, Texas (2018, 2016); Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2018, 2017); 1st Kuala Lumpur Biennale, Malaysia (2017); SepiaEYE, New York (2017); RIMT Melbourne, Australia (2017); Bikaner House, New Delhi (2017); Kalakriti Festival, Hyderabad (2017); the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (2016); the Stephen D. Paine Gallery. Massachusetts Institute of Art and Design, USA (2015); Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Goa (2015); Museo MADRE, Naples (2014); Sharjah Art Museum (2014); and the Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK (2014), to name a few.