Shashi Tharoor launches International Artists’ Retreat

23 January 2013

Dr Shashi Tharoor, India’s Minister of State for Human Resource Development, and Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute (A-I-I) today inaugurates a major collaboration between leading artists from five nations.

Twenty high-profile artists of Australian, Indian, British, Iranian and Laotian backgrounds have gathered in India’s historic city of Jaipur to collaborate and create new artworks.

Dr Tharoor will officially open the event at 8pm (Indian time) tonight in Jaipur.

Running until the 31st of January, the A-I-I’s Artists’ Retreat will see artists taking part in a series of curated sessions, and visiting sites of inspiration in India such as the Amber Fort.

The culmination of the retreat will be a new and original artwork by each artist, and a collaborative group piece.

Curatorial adviser Chaitanya Sambrani said engaging with artists from different cultures and heritages is important as “cross-cultural interaction produces new kinds of dynamics for artistic practice.”

Artists attending the retreat include:

  • Jon Cattapan; Australia’s 63rd official war artist who was deployed to Timor Leste and has worked in the UK, Europe, India, South Korea and the US,
  • Fiona Hall; Photographer and AsiaLink resident artist in Sri Lanka
  • Gigi Scaria, award-winning artist from Kerala who represented India at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and others.


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