Darling Foundry 745 rue Ottawa, Montreal
In 2012, the Darling Foundry established its first India Residency Program to benefit artists and the community in order to confront ideas and art practices not easily accessible and allowing artists to be inspired by new territories. This year, SAVAC is supporting this residency through a public showcase of the artist’s work while in residency in Canada. As part of his residency, Sashikant Thavudoz was invited by TATA Steel to visit its iron ore mine in Schefferville, QC. He will share his experience and describe his new body of work, informed by his interest in surveying the different methods he discovered during his stay in Schefferville.
“I use variety of materials in the construction and all of it deals with the specificity and relation to a particular site. As material comes attached with an already preconceived notion of physical characteristics and meanings my work disengage with the precondition of our understanding of the mundane and extends to the possibility of redefining our engagement with the everyday life. Using objects/ material in the work is challenging at many levels because it is not the conventional mediums of making art and at the same time the socially attributed meaning makes the works socially and politically potent device for the critique of the persisting practices. At the other hand it opens up new avenues for further interpretation of meaning of these unconventional mediums.” – Sashikanth Thavudoz
Sashikant Thavudoz is from Hyderabad and is currently living and working in Vadodara, India. He is the proud recipient of the Nasreen Mohammadie Scholarship in 2008, the Jeram Patel Best Display Award in 2009, and the Inlaks Fine Art Award in 2013. He has also participated in several residencies like the Last Ship Monsoon residency in 2011 in Mumbai, the Art-City residency in 2012 at Studio X Mumbai, the Sandarbh Site-Specific art residency in 2012 in Partapur, Rajasthan and Khoj Peers residency in 2012 in Khoj, New Delhi.
Artist Talk: Sashikant Thavudoz8 December 2016, 6pm - 7:30pm