InTransitTalk: Hemali Bhuta and Murtaza Vali

Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 7pm

Location: A4, Alserkal Avenue


This InTransitTalk features a conversation between multidisciplinary visual artist Hemali Bhuta and critic and curator Murtaza Vali. Bhuta is the co-founder and director of CONA Foundation, an artist run space in Mumbai.

The talk will focus on ‘invisibility’ as a prevalent condition and need in both Bhuta’s work and through CONA’s ethos; exploring how one practice feeds into the other to become an ever-learning process exposing failures and challenging predispositions.

Neither an establishment or an institution, CONA exists in a temporal state of flux, relying on the requirements of the time and the people who belong in it.

The discussion will start with a presentation featuring a few of Bhuta’s projects, including Speed Breakers at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK and an abandoned piece in the Maldives. Her current inquiries are concerned with disrupting timelines and destabilising value systems through three solo shows, each responding to one another.

Hemali Bhuta (b. 1978) has completed her BFA from the L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai and her MVA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University Baroda. She has also pursued interior designing from Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. Bhuta has exhibited at CIAP in France, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Frieze London Sculpture Park, Parasol Unit, Arken, the 9th Shanghai Biennale, the Singapore Biennale, as well as in the travelling Indian Highway Exhibition. She was shortlisted for the Rolex Protegee Award.



I’ll still bring you flowers, 2017

Part of the current solo exhibition Subarnarekha at The Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière. Courtesy of Aurélien Mole, France and The Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière.