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The Bottom Drawer: Books that Changed my Life

27 May - 24 June 2021

Bagri Foundation is pleased to launch the second series of The Bottom Drawer, originally created in the midst of the pandemic in 2020.

For 2021, the Foundation invites UK debut authors, whose books have just recently been published. We ask them about their early work, as well as the books that have inspired their latest works. The authors this year include Te-Ping Chen, Elizabeth Miki Brina, Huma Qureshi, Rahul Raina, and Neema Shah. Each of their interviews will be released on Thursday afternoons on our IGTV and YouTube channels.

Read the full press release here.

Announcing 'Silent Spaces'

Episode 3: Empty Places, Royal Albert Hall

Bagri Foundation is pleased to announce our role as a partner in the new project ‘Silent Spaces’ produced by Soumik Datta Arts. Episode 3 called Empty Places has just been released and was filmed at the Royal Albert Hall. 

‘Silent Spaces’ is a creative lockdown response driven by a pervading sense of Covid-induced personal and professional loneliness, envisioned by musician, composer and TV presenter Soumik Datta and directed by award-winning filmmaker Souvid Datta. It sees the brothers join a diverse team of musicians and dancers as they venture into iconic venues like British Museum and The Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as Depot Mayfield in Manchester and The Sage in Gateshead. 

Read the full press release here.

Navigating Change
Panel series #1

11 May 2021 - Premiere on YouTube

The first panel of the Bagri Foundation series Navigating Change hosts artist Yarli Allison, dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra, and British Museum’s curator Dr Imma Ramos for a multidisciplinary conversation on how they have embraced positive and meaningful change into their life and practice in a changing creative sector with a focus on spaces they have been exploring either digitally or physically in the past year.

The Navigating a Changing Creative Sector panel recording is released on Tuesday 11th May 2021 at 12pm on the Bagri Foundation Youtube channel.

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Asia Forum - Spring Gathering

14 May 2021, 12pm BST

In thinking through the lens of Global Asias, what are some of the current artistic themes and critical urgencies that have emerged?  The Asia Forum will launch its first digital gathering on 14 May 2021, with propositions from art historian and curator Patrick Flores, anthropologist Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, and artists Shilpa Gupta, Ho Tzu Nyen and Lantian Xie, developed in dialogue with Asia Forum’s working council of Annie Jael Kwan, Hammad Nasar, John Tain and Ming Tiampo. These presentations will be followed by a moderated conversation where attendees are welcome to engage with questions and comments. Book your free place here. 

The Asia Forum for the Contemporary Art of Global Asias in 2021/22 is proudly presented by the Bagri Foundation. Read more about the project here.


Sunil Gupta, From Here to Eternity, Installation at The Photographer's Gallery, 9 October 2020 - 24 January 2021. Photo: Bagri Foundation
Sunil Gupta, From Here to Eternity, Installation at The Photographer's Gallery, 9 October 2020 - 24 January 2021. Photo: Bagri Foundation

Sunil Gupta: From Here to Eternity

Extended dates! 17- 31 May 2021

The Photographer’s Gallery is re-opening their space with the Sunil Gupta solo exhibition from 17-31 May. From Here to Eternity is the first major retrospective of UK based photographer, Sunil Gupta (b. 1953, New Delhi India) and offers a complex and layered view of Gupta’s unique transcontinental photographic vision.  

Curated by Mark Sealy, director of Autograph ABP, the Bagri Foundation is proud to support this beautiful exhibition and encourage everyone to get your tickets whilst you still can.

Book your tickets in advance here and read the press release here.

CFGNY: Collecting Dissonance

Auto Italia, 20 May - 22 August 2021

The Bagri Foundation has supported Collecting Dissonance, a newly commissioned exhibition of sculpture, image and garment works by the New York collective and label CFGNY.

The exhibition takes a new capsule collection of garments as its starting point. The clothes explore how personal and collective intimacies, relationships and agencies have been reshaped by the restrictions and instability caused by the ongoing pandemic, and the consequent heightening of power differentials along the lines of class and race. 

Find out more here.