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Traces: Bagri Art Trail for Asian Art in London 2021

21 October - 12 November

The Bagri Foundation is thrilled to announce its first art trail, Traces, organised on the occasion of Asian Art in London 2021. Traces invites three London-based intergenerational contemporary artists to respond to the beauty and history of selected artefacts and antiques shown by three participating galleries.

Yarli Allison, Zarah Hussain, and Keith Khan create original micro-commissions that are shown alongside the fantastic collections of Marchant, Shahnaz and Peter Finer galleries respectively. Emerging art historians – selected in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London – are invited to write an original piece to further explore the relation between the galleries’ collections and the micro-commissions.

Read the full press release hereRead more about the project here.

A computer illustrated image of an orange vase with chicken feet inside overlayed onto a blue and purple abstract background

Book of Permutation = Tale of a Dying House

by Nuka Nayu

The Foundation is proud to present the second of the three winning commissions as part of Chang/ce: An Open Call for Animations which went out in January 2021.

Nuka Nayu and Harry Appleyard‘s animation was commissioned out of our Chang/ce Open Call. Book of Permutation = Tale of a dying house explores incantation and birth, adopting themes from the Buddhist funeral tradition in Korea in which funerals are held every seven days for seven weeks.

See her work here and read more about the project here

Announcing support for Yoko Ono at Whitechapel Gallery

Mend Piece

The Bagri Foundation is pleased to announce our support for the installation of the iconic Mend Piece by Yoko Ono, displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery from 25 August through to 2 January 2022.

Whitechapel Gallery invites you to ‘mend the world’ this autumn with world famous artist, musician and activist Yoko Ono (b.1933, Japan). 

Upon entering the performative installation, Mend Piece, participants are met with a set of simple instructions: ‘Mend carefully. Think of mending the world at the same time.’ Following the artist’s direction, visitors are welcomed to sit at two long tables where broken fragments of ceramic cups and saucers are presented for repair with scissors, glue, twine and sticky tape. When finished, the ‘mended’ objects are displayed on adjacent shelves. 

Read the press relase here

A puppet shadow computer generated image of a woman kneeling down in front of a woman wearing a sari on a throne with a crown, holding scales

Change/ce

by Meera Krishnamurthy

The Foundation is thrilled to present the first of the three winning commissions as part of Chang/ce: An Open Call for Animations which went out in January 2021.

Inspired by the Chinese classic, the I Ching or ‘Book of Changes’, the Bagri Foundation invited Meera Krishnamurthy to make a new animated work  in response. Titled Change/ce, you can now view it in full exclusively on our website until 5 September.

 See her work here and read our interview with her hereRead more about the project here.

Watch Chang/ce Animations

Inspired by the Chinese classic, the I Ching or ‘Book of Changes’, at the beginning of 2021 the Bagri Foundation released an open call that invited submissions from animators focussing on the idea of ‘change’ and/or ‘chance’.  Watch the animations created by the artists invited to make new commissions as they are released on our website: 

Meera KrishnamurthyChange/ce
Nuka NayuBook of Permutation = Tale of a Dying House
Rama Duwaji – Dar Al Qamar (coming soon)

Read more about the project here

New partnership with Hayward Gallery
Outdoor Commissions

The Foundation is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with the Hayward Gallery for a series of new outdoor art commissions. Aimed at providing artists from or inspired by Asia and its diaspora with the opportunity to create a prominent public commission, this new initiative is the latest addition to a growing programme of outdoor art installations and exhibitions across the Southbank Centre’s iconic site.

The first commission launches in August 2021 with a large-scale installation by collective Slavs and Tatars. Read more about the partnership here.

Exhibitions

Slavs and Tatars: Samovar

Hayward Gallery: 13 August -
14 November 2021

The Bagri Foundation is thrilled to support the first outdoor commission of our three-year partnership with the Hayward Gallery, London: Samovar by the collective Slavs and Tatars. 

For their Bagri Foundation commission, Slavs and Tatars present a largescale sculpture that reflects on the multicultural and colonial histories of tea. Taking the form of an oversized inflatable water boiler, teapot and serving tray lodged into the side of the Hayward Gallery, Samovar is titled after the eponymous tea brewer commonly found across Central Asia.  

Find out more here.

Yoko Ono: Mend Piece

Whitechapel Gallery: 25 August 2021 -
2 January 2022

The Bagri Foundation has proudly supported the installation of the iconic Mend Piece by Yoko Ono displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Upon entering the performative installation, Mend Piece, participants are met with a set of simple instructions: ‘Mend carefully. Think of mending the world at the same time.’ Following the artist’s direction, visitors are welcomed to sit at two long tables where broken fragments of ceramic cups and saucers are presented for repair with scissors, glue, twine and sticky tape. When finished, the ‘mended’ objects are displayed on adjacent shelves. 

Find out more here.