Exhibit 320 will open the upcoming season beginning August 2015 with a series of thoughtfully curated exhibitions focusing on emerging artistic practice and critical discourse within the subcontinent. Alongside collateral programming, the exhibitions will present new bodies of work by artists from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, some of whom are being showcased for the first time in New Delhi and India. We continue our endeavour to support and nurture our current artist roster and are thrilled to announce new additions to the gallery this year, including artists Nurjahan Akhlaq, Parul Gupta, Yasmin Jahan Nupur and Firoz Mahmud.

August 5th - September 15th 2015, Exhibit 320 is pleased to present “Phenomenology of Perception”, an exhibition of work by artists Nurjahan Akhlaq (b. 1979, Pakistan), Parul Gupta (b. 1980, India) and Yasmin Jahan Nupur (b. 1979, Bangladesh)

Taking its title from the seminal book of the same name by Maurice MerleauPonty, the focus of the show extends the idea of seeing and thereafter posits an alignment of three artistic practices that are rooted in the aesthetics of line, space and memory. Each body of work oscillates between the formal, the abstract, the spatial, the personal and the political. Often times these frameworks are being negotiated simultaneously such that none are mutually exclusive of the other. The juxtapositions that materialize within the exhibition space move the viewer at times purely in terms of physicality, while at another instance through metaphors; lyrical and fragmented. The exhibitions intention is to consider each practice as a way to present intersections within which the discourse of ‘perception’ itself can be situated.

The works of Gupta, Akhlaq and Jahan Nupur negotiate deeply layered relationships, positioning the formal and conceptual practice of drawing and collage to architectural space, abstraction as ornamentation and the gesture itself as both personal and political.

Parul Gupta’s work focuses on the line and its relationship to formal and spatial negotiations within the architecture of built spaces. She will be presenting her series ‘Extending the Line’, a set of photographs, drawings on paper and on-site interventions that continue her experiments with the subtlety of bodily movement within the environments she constructs.

Nurjahan Akhlaq’s recent body of work explores concepts of space and perspectives rooted in Islamic arts and architecture. While referencing this language of flatness, geometry and abstraction, Akhlaq attempts to create compositions that are inviting to the viewer’s imagination. The ‘up cycled' objects and surfaces that materialize in Lahore’s old bazaars and vernaculars have long held her interest. This second tier economy, often where first world commodities/material are transformed or appropriated in form and function; she finds the history of these materials quite potent. The ‘found images’ utilized in the works are sourced from the Anarkali footpath bazaar, as well as second hand art books. Akhlaq is interested in creating a collision between the opulent, ornamental and stylized qualities of this language with a local vernacular to create compositions and articulations of space. These two divergent strains fused together create a tension that she hopes will elicit readings/narratives that are associative, formal, or playful.

While Yasmin Jahan- Nupur works across a range of media, the show will present drawings and site specific installations. Working within the complexities of memory and in particular the act of remembering, Jahan Nupur’s practice negotiates personal histories with broader socio-political and environmental conversations embedded within the idea of nationalism.

The year will also see the re-launch of 1After320, a non-profit initiative focusing on increasing the possibilities of art beyond the commercial realm. Through curated programming at the ‘1After320 Project Space’, collaborations and partnerships, the initiative aims to expand critical discourse and education in conjunction with the gallery program. 1After320 will kickstart its programming through a collaboration with Delhi based curatorial collective PRACForum from August through Sep 2015. The collective will present a series of interventions ranging from lecture performances, contemporary dance and participatory projects, extending the discourse around the gallery exhibition ‘Phenomenology of Perception’

The 2015 season will also launch a series of curated film and video screenings from South Asia, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. We are thrilled to present “What we left unfinished” a long-term research, film, and dialogue project by artist Mariam Ghani on August 5th, centred around five unfinished Afghan feature films shot, but never edited, between 1978 and 1992. This will be followed by select screenings from the Afghan Film Archives in September 2015.

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