Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Storrs CampusThe William Benton Museum of Art
Vibha Galhotra is a New Dehli based conceptual artist whose large-scale sculptures address the shifting topography of the world under the impact of globalization and growth. Her work dwells between belief and reality, public and personal, science and spirituality, personal
and public (common). The tradition-based beliefs about our environment stimulate her to compare the former with the present state of the environment in the age of Anthropocene and the latterâs impact on human health. The relational aspect of her work encourages her to seek meaningful collaborations through which she can be a part of the restructuring of culture, society and geography in her surroundings and around the world, responding to the rapid environmental changes and re-zoning of land. A recent awardee of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio residency in 2016, at present, she is an Asian Cultural Council fellow in the US, pursuing continual research on belief and reality to intervene on the subject of Anthropocene. Being an artist, Galhotra believes that aesthetics
and art can be a starting point towards addressing the adversities of the present and bringing in change. Her work, consequently, crosses the dimensions of art, ecology, economy, science, spirituality, and activism. While she claims that she is an artist and not an activist, however, her work is imbued with social responsibility.
6 pm - Reception
6:30 pm - Talk
Co-sponsored by India Studies at the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute.