VAICA - Festival of video art by Indian contemporary artists

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VAICA - Festival of video art by Indian contemporary artists

30 November 2019 4.00-8.00 pm

The Festival of Video Art by Indian Contemporary Artists (VAICA) 2019 was the first of-its-kind event on video art as a form in India. Indian artists have been using, experimenting with and exploring video art as a medium for artistic expression for some years now. This festival aimed to celebrate this art form by bringing together artists, cultural critics, students of art and media and art lovers to see some of the most exciting video art in the country. The Mumbai Finale, on 30 November 2019, was hosted by Godrej India Culture Lab in partnership with Comet Media Foundation.

The Festival Finale comprised a set of 13 video art pieces that were curated by Bharati Kapadia and Chandita Mukherjee. The curators focused on showing a wide range of artists' videos addressing varied issues that gave a window on the vast possibilities that the idiom of video can offer to the artists’ imagination. The curators emphasized that video art is decidedly different from short films in that the video artworks do not necessarily follow narrative structure, formats and are not intended to provide resolution in their narrative. In India, artists have been using the form in new and unique ways without the technical infrastructure available to their Western counterparts. Hence this festival platformed the innovative techniques and experiments in the art form. The pieces curated for the finale presented a similarity in internal rhythm and mood.

The full festival schedule can be found here on the VAICA Website.

The evening showcased video art works that sought to evoke a range of emotions. The themes explored in the artworks ranged from pieces that depict dreamscapes or fantasies as well as the transformation of physical sites. We had works that manipulated the medium of text, graphics and animation and artworks that commented on the brutality of an increasingly intolerant India. These screenings were followed by a conversation between Amrita Gupta Singh, Anjali Monteiro and V. Divakar in which they responded to the art works and discussed about video art as an emerging art form.