Mumbai Art Room’s second curatorial lab in partnership with Pro Helvetia – Swiss art Council presents
‘कृपया ध्यान दीजिए | Allow me a letter’
an exhibition by
Swiss curator Bénédicte le Pimpec
Opening: 14 March 2019
On view until: 31 May 2019
at the Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, Colaba, Mumbai
The exhibition features an installation by Delhi based artist Birender Kumar Yadav, a film by French based artist Pierre Michelon and a workshop by Aqui Thami, a Bombay based artist and activist.
A letter, addressed, anonymous, threatening or filled with love, is also mute, inspired, exalted, or repeated, whether public or secret. As a formal character of a curved alphabet in a sonic frequency, out-loud or inaudible, it sometimes ends up on the wall of an official building, in the mouth of polyglots, or sought after in Colaba, the hip neighbourhood of south Bombay.
Using several languages (Bengali, Hindi, English, French), this exhibition occupies the Mumbai Art Room venue and spills over into the surrounding public place. It presupposes that discourses, as forms of social action representing society and culture, are ideologically and historically guided, and that there is never any neutrality, be it of language or its use.
Benedicte le Pimpec
Bénédicte le Pimpec is a curator based in Geneva working on regular basis in collaboration with artists and/or curators. Le Pimpec’s fields of research, influenced by institutional critiques and relations between art and politics, focus on historiography related by artists. She curated or co-curated exhibitions for several institutions (Palais de Tokyo Paris, Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain Geneva, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Piano Nobile Geneva, Centre d’art Bastille Grenoble amongst others) and has been associate curator at the Médiathèque of the Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Geneva from 2016 till 2018. She is currently a research fellow at Geneva University of Art and Design on a FNS research project and received a curatorial fellowship in 2018 for “Theatre of Operations. Phase III: Fine-Arts Division”, a research project centered on contextual issues of long-term artwork loans from the collection of the National center for visual arts in Paris.