Approved: 15.02.2018

Darshana Vora

Artist, Arts administrator, Community worker, Curator, Event organiser

Approved: 15.02.2018

I have been making and exhibiting my artwork since 1997. I studied Architecture followed by a HND in Art.  I began with non-representational painting and object-making, and later developed a conceptually and philosophy driven approach to my art-making. Largely self-taught, an ease with spatial aesthetics directed me to installation and moving image practices. My current work is in moving image installation, digital prints and conceptual works which can take many forms. Rather than making art, I 'find' it and then re-frame it to express my concerns.

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        I have been making and exhibiting my artwork since 1997. I studied Architecture followed by a HND in Art.  I began with non-representational painting and object-making, and later developed a conceptually and philosophy driven approach to my art-making. Largely self-taught, an ease with spatial aesthetics directed me to installation and moving image practices. My current work is in moving image installation, digital prints and conceptual works which can take many forms. Rather than making art, I 'find' it and then re-frame it to express my concerns.

        Besides making artwork, I review shows and have curated exhibitions and art conferences.

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        Darshana Vora

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        EDUCATION

         BTEC HND Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire, UK

         Bachelor of Architecture Degree

        OTHER TRAINING

        Community Arts Workshop facilitator training, Rosetta Arts, London

        Arts Award Advisor training, Trinity College London, London

        Community Ambassador training, The Wallace Collection, London

        Exhibition CV

        solo exhibitions

        2011 ‘Mind Mirror’ The Loft gallery, Mumbai, India2008 ‘Walks in Silence’ Video installation/projection at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, London. Part of London Festival of Architecture 2008

        2002 ‘Vision Repositories and Holes’ Lakeeren art gallery, Mumbai

        2001 ‘Horizon ll’ 200 Gertrude Street Studios, Melbourne, Australia

        1999 ‘Engaging the NOWHERE’ The British Council Gallery, Mumbai

        1999 ‘Solid Objects’ Performance with artist’s video The British Council Gallery, Mumbai

        1997 ‘nothing blue about it’, Experiential Environment & multi – media works The British Council Gallery, Mumbai Preview at Sans Tache Gallery, Mumbai

        1997 Movement 1, 2 and 3 Site Specific Works in Heritage Sites in Mumbai

        group participation

        2017

        'Brink' 31-33 Church St, Marylebone, London

        2015

        'Mind|Mirror' screening at the May 2015 edition of the Video festival at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, curated by Gaytri Sinha. Mumbai, India

        'VisionMix Artists, Filmmakers and Curators’ Workshop' produced in partnership with Shiv Nadar University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Arts and Aesthetics, the British Council and the Goethe Institute/ Max Mueller Bhavan. Delhi, India

        2013

        ‘The City Walking Bazaar’ – Curated by Motiroti and Cass Business School, London, UK

        ‘Re: Renewal – Framing Transition in the Indian Landscape’ - curated by Pujan Gandhi and Janice Pariat. London UK

        2010

        ‘The Home and The World’ Contemporary Photography - Aicon Gallery, New York, USA

        Wirksworth Festival, September – Participation in Salon screening of 2 films and single screening of ‘Walks in Silence’, UK

        ‘The home and the world’ Aicon Gallery, NY 2010 ‘Holding Time’, Bhavan Centre, London, UK

        2009

        ‘What the body remembers – South Asian Video Art today’- curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala ( part of Asain Art in London 2009) Bhavan Centre, London, UK

        ‘Underground City’ at DIVUS unit 30, London, UK

        ‘The Other (Indian) Story’, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala, Mumbai, India

         Femlink – online website/women artists video collage

        2008

        ‘GHost’, Bethnal Green Church, London, curated by Ricarda Vidal & Sarah Sparks. London. UK

        ‘Intermittent Light festival’, Durham, UK - installation of ‘walks in silence’ in urban walk

        ‘Multifidelity’ Theatre-collaboration with Christopher Engdahl. Laban, UK

         

        ‘Fields of Detail – Dance Installation’, Collaboration with Melita Spahic, London & Croatia

        ‘visions in the nunnery’ 2008, Bow Arts trust, London, UK

        2007

        ‘visions in the nunnery’ 2007, Bow Arts trust,London, UK

        ‘blowing up’ – Clerkenwell film festival, London, UK

        ‘Fields of Detail – Dance Installation’, at the Place for Dance, London, UK

        2006

        ‘Fields of Detail – Dance Installation’, Collaboration with Choreographer Melita Spahic, UK

        ‘Max 10 video festival’, Café Gallery, London, UK

        no.w.here screening at Archetypes, London, UK

        ‘Rites/ Rights/Rewrites – Women’s video art from India’. Rutgers University, USA

        ‘node.L’ at the nunnery, Bow arts Trust, UK

        ‘monitor 2’ and ‘Images Fest 2006’- artist’s video screening, Toronto, USA

        2005

        ‘The Haunting’, Manchester, UK

        ‘Art in Romnney Marsh’, UK

        ‘Simultan 100 seconds’ – video festival in Timosara

        ‘The Art of Permanence and Change’ – Sydenham Woods, Forest Hill, UK

        ‘Grounds for Designs’ – Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, UK

        ‘Rites/ Rights/Rewrites – Women’s video art from India’. Duke University, USA

         

        other

        2015 Presenter and participant at 'VisionMix Artists, Filmmakers and Curators’ Workshop' produced in partnership with Shiv Nadar University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Arts and    Aesthetics,The British Council and the  Goethe Institute/ Max Mueller Bhavan. Delhi, India

        2013 Panel ist in discussion on ‘Monitor 9’, video programme by SAVAC at no.w.here. London UK

        2008 Selection and Organising team for ‘Visions in the nunnery’, International open call for film/video, Bow Arts Trust, UK

        2007 Selection and Organising team for ‘Visions in the nunnery’, International open call for film/video, Bow Arts Trust, UK

        2007 Director for short film, ‘A Silent Colour’, Producer: Trevor Hughes, Script: Emma Ahmad -awaiting post production.

        2007 Visual artist in collaborative dance project- ‘Fields of Detail – Dance Installation’, at the Place for Dance, London

        2007 Delivered Artist’s talk on ‘contemporary video artists in India’ at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham

        2004 Big Arts Week – Artist with Kingsley High School (special needs), Harrow.

        Awards

        2001 Unesco – Aschberg Bursaries for Artists.

        Artist’s residency and exhibition. 200 Gertrude Street Studios, Melbourne, Australia, Jan – March 2001

        Curation

        2010: Holding Time: A group exhibition by artists whose primary practice is time-based but explore object making to address notions of time.

        2010: The Business of Art – An International art conference highlighting the role pf art promoters in brining contemporary Indian art to International recognition.

        Gallery Participants from India: Chemould Prescott Road, Gallery Sumukha, Vadhera art Gallery, The Guild, The Loft, Saffron Art.  Gallery Participants from UK: Grosvenor Gallery, Aicon Gallery

        2011: Art Outside the White Cube – An international art conference on diversity of contemporary Indian Art practices outside the White cube. Speakers from India: Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Khoj, FICA. Speakers from UK: Iniva, Gasworks, New Art Exchange.