Abir's Annual Show Ahmedabad

First Take 2017

    FIRST TAKE 2017 is about celebrating works of young artists. Curated from across India, the works will be displayed in Ahmedabad in September. This is ABIR's big initiative to provide platform and showcase art of the generation next.

    If you are a young artist and believe in your work, this is meant for you. Out of scores of entries, about 100 works would be picked by the eminent jury from India. The jury will select the best out of the lot and six awards in total three different categories are awarded. The Winning entry will be awarded INR 1, 00, 000/- and the runner up awards will be of INR 50,000/- in each category.

    The show will be organised at Kanoria Centre for Arts and L & P Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, Ahmedabad between September 9th to 16th, 2017. The show will also bring art lovers together, with dialogues, discussions and demonstrations with senior artists, art historians, art critics, curators and investors.

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Eminent Jury Members of First Take 2017

Johny ML

Johny ML is a writer, translator, art historian, art critic, art curator, editor of art magazines, poet and a prolific blogger. He has three post graduate degrees in Creative Curating, Art History and Criticism, and English Language and Literature. His blog, www.johnyml.blogspot.com is a platform for his continuous response to various issues he addresses within the art world and a variety of other realms. He has authored eight independent books so far and has contributed to various volumes. He is a well-known translator who has translated thirteen books so far. Johny ML lives and works in New Delhi. .

Manu Parekh

Born in 1939 in Gujarat, Manu Parekh completed a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1962. Parekh’s early work explored the relationships between man and nature, as according to him, this was an energetic link that had to be celebrated. The artist also points out that, since then, contradictions have formed the basis of his artistic practice, no matter the subject or genre of his works. Parekh held his first solo exhibition of graphics and paintings in Ahmedabad in 1968, and has not looked back since. His most recent solo shows have included ‘Banaras – Eternity Watches Time’ presented by Saffronart and Berkeley Square Gallery, London, at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; 'Banaras' at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2004; 'Portraits of Flower and Landscapes of River' at Jehangir Art Gallery and Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2003; 'Ritual Oblations' at Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, and Sakshi Gallery and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1999; and 'Small Drawings' at Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1991. Parekh has also had solo shows at BosePacia Modern in New York and at ARKS Gallery in London. Parekh was awarded the President of India's Silver Plaque and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi, in 1972; the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 1982; and the Padma Shree from the Government of India in 1992. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

Madhvi Parekh

Madhvi Parekh, born in 1942 in Sanjaya, a village in Gujarat, is a self-taught artist. Living and working out of Delhi, she has created a space for herself in India’s contemporary art practice, reverting for inspiration to her childhood village left far behind. Her work remains true to her rural inheritance, and, at the same time, reflects in the contemporary world. With a personal well-articulated language of expression, Madhvi positions herself in a space outside the tradition–modernity discourse, while crossing borders both ways. Over the last 45 years, Madhvi has participated in numerous solo shows, including AI-Khaleeja (Kuwait, 1985), and several significant group shows, notably Play (Turkey and Yugoslavia, 1985), Watercolour by Four Women Artists (Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, and Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, 1987), Contemporary Art: Sahmat (Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, 1990). She has also participated in several artists’ camps and workshops, and auctions held at Sotheby’s (Bombay, 1989), Sahmat (Delhi, 1989), Asprey (Bombay, 1990). The Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India sponsored a documentary on Madhvi and her artist husband Manu Parekh in 1992. The Last Supper her most recent body of work is a series of reverse painting on acrylic representing Madhvi Parekhs’ reflections on the life of Christ. First exhibited in Calcutta in 2011 in Calcutta at the St Thomas Chapel, Bisop’s College it has since been shown at the following venues: 2017: Church of Santa Monica, Old Goa 2016: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Calcutta 2016: National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru 2013: Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi Madhvi received the National Award for Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India in 1997 & 'Kailash Lalit Kala Award by Chitrakutdhamt Trust (2017) and a Certificate of Merit, International Women’s Exhibition at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, India in 1975.

Walter D’souza

Known primarily for his practice in the print medium- wood cut to be specific, Walter D’souza is dedicated to creating an ever evolving vocabulary through art. He has worked closely with architects to explore new definitions in design, such as the possibility of converting the large wood blocks used as the form work of relief sculpture. He has executed several murals like installations within architectural art. Besides printmaking his work also includes glass painting water colors and sculptures. Together his work explores a language that is characteristically loaded with symbolic and allegoric meaning. He studied painting and printmaking at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara (1983). Walter is also a teacher. He has taught the Basic Design Program at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad (1987-2006), Drawing and Sketching at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Gandhinagar (1998-2001) and Drawing at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (1998). His works, especially prints, have been a part of numerous shows nationally and internationally including at the International Print Triennial in Finland (1993), 8th Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh (1997), Multiple Encounters (2004 and 2012) New York, USA and the 17th International Biennial of Prints, Sarcelles, France (2016). In 1997 he was appointed Commissioner for the 4th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Prints, Bhopal, India. He lives and works from Ahmedabad and Aldona (Goa).

Eminent Jury Members of First Take 2016

Vrindavan Solanki

Vrindavan Solanki is a prolific Indian master artist recognized internationally. He has well over 200 exhibitions behind him, over 40 of which were solo – including in London and New York. He has won several prestigious prizes throughout his career, including the Gold Medal & First Prize of the Bombay Art Society in 1970, the Takhman 28 Print award for Etching in Udaipur in 1984, and the Drawing Prize of All India Art Exhibition, LKA, in Lucknow (UP) in 1996 – to name a few.

Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, in constant demand as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. She has a PhD in organisational behaviour and has been the co-director of the prestigious arts institution, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, for nearly 30 years.

Karl Antao

Karl Antao -from Mumbai he had studied at Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art Mumbai (1990) his works are interactive in nature , evolving from the organic state and taking a definite shape and concept ultimately. Karl is one of most sensitive and celebrated artist of Ahmedabad.

Pavan Bakeri

Managing Director - Bakeri Group; Technologist and Arts enthusiast; Explorer, Entrepreneur; philanthropic interests in Academia and Urban issues; nominated for one of France's highest civilian honours Chevalier de l'Ordre Nationale du Merite.