Past Exhibitions

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

– The World Is One Family –

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The World Is One Family) is an exhibition curated by Pinakin Patel on contemporary art’s relationship to the environment.

All artists draw inspiration from their environment, either by correlating different life forms with their sustaining elements or by other means and bodily responses. Beyond earth, water, fire and air, there is ether or spirit. The same spirit that resides in the inert, murmurs within plants, dreams in animals and, is also present in man. This insight gives the artist the ultimate human freedom — the power to choose, respond, and change. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam brings art juxtaposed from across the world, illustrating the underlying unity in our diversity. The exhibition provides a simple affirmation and reverence for life that could provide an antidote for the current degenerative chaos in man and also in nature. Alongside the exhibition, Kolkata Centre for Creativity will host the inaugural edition of its Annual Conference, with contributions from leading thinkers, artists, writers, musicians, practitioners, curators and architects from India and around the world.

Conference 26–27 January 2019
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The World Is One Family) Kolkata Centre for Creativity Annual Conference. The first edition of the Kolkata Centre for Creativity Annual Conference, programmed by Shwetal A. Patel, examines the notion of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and a vision of holistic development and respect for all forms of life. The international conference explores this thought and its influence on creativity, and society more broadly, through symposia, discussions and presentations.

Participants include:
Anupam Sah: Conservator (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya)
Bandana Tewari: Writer & Sustainability Activist (Craft Diplomacy)
Bikram Ghose: Musician
Bose Krishnamachari: Artist (Kochi Biennale Foundation)
Dr. Deepika Sorabjee: Head Arts & Culture (Tata Trusts)
Hena Kapadia: Director (TARQ)
James Green: Director (David Zwirner)
Dr. Kalyan Chakravarty: Art Historian & Cultural Administrator
Mark Rappolt: Writer, curator and Editor-in-Chief (ArtReview/ArtReview Asia)
Mukhtiyar Ali: Musician
Parul Zaveri: Architect (Panika)
Prateek Raja: Director (Experimenter)
Dr. Rory Hyde: Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Sheela Gowda: Artist
Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya: Artist
Sneha Ragavan: Researcher (Asia Art Archive)
Swarup Dutta: Scenographer
Dr. Sook Kyung-Lee: Senior Curator, International Art (Tate Modern)
Sudarshan Shetty: Artist
Dr. V. Venu: CEO, Rebuild Kerala (Government of Kerala)

All artists take inspiration from their environment, by correlating different life forms with their sustaining elements. Beyond earth, water, fire and air, there is ether or spirit. The same spirit that sleeps in the mineral, murmurs in plants, dreams in animals, and is fully awake in man. This insight gives the artist the ultimate human freedom. The power to choose, respond, and change. Art juxtaposed from across the world, illustrates the underlying unity in diversity. A simple affirmation and reverence for life that could provide an antidote for the current degenerative chaos in man and also in nature.

– Pinakin