The Familiar is Always a Stranger: An Indo-French multimedia exhibition

Ms Claire Thuaudet, Deputy Head of Mission, inaugurates The Familiar is Always a Stranger: An Indo-French multimedia exhibition.

New Delhi, 12 December 2017

Following the launch of Bonjour India, Ms Claire Thuaudet, Deputy Head of Mission inaugurated an Indo-French multimedia exhibition at Gallery Espace, New Delhi on Tuesday, 12th December 2017. The exhibition showcases the works of French artist François Daireaux and Indian artist Ravi Agarwal with the aim of promoting sustainable development through artistic collaborations.

The Familiar is Always a Stranger creates a stimulating discourse sharing common concerns between the works of the two artists. Both of them question the relationship between the Body and the Machine which has altered due to the effect of globalization on the human being and on the environment.

The exhibition will remain open to the public in Delhi for a month, till Saturday, 13th January, 2018, and will move to Mumbai in March 2018.

The two artists came together owing to their parallel interest in examining the everyday with an inquisitive eye and in exploring the underlying conditions behind what may be called the ‘familiar.’ Beyond their cultural differences, they share common questions which modernity brings forth about its impact on human and ecological landscapes.

About François Daireaux

Off the tourist maps or any form of exoticism, for almost twenty-five years now, Daireaux has embarked alone, travelling to countries he had never visited before andrecording his experiences. In the process, he composes the vocabulary of his oeuvre, which can be considered as an extended space of sculpture—notably through his manner of composing his photographic images and films. He works as a gleaner, or a forager, harvesting forms, situations and images in the solitary exercise of observation. In the last few years, the artist’s photographic and film work has intensified, creating a visual oeuvre in which we appreciate the contours and the investment, both in its questioning of the alienation of bodies and in its sensitized approach to the urban entropy of emerging nations.

About Ravi Agarwal

Ravi Agarwal’s work bridges the divide between art and activism, drawing on the semiotics of the documentary to politicise the aesthetics of contemporary India. Using photography, video, text and installations, he intervenes in the continued colonisation of nature to pose questions about ecology and society, urbanity, preservation and toxicity. His work has been shown widely, including at Documenta XI (2002), the Kochi Muziris Biennale (2016), the Sharjah Biennale (2013), and Indian Highway (2009) etc. In 2011, he co-curated the “Yamuna-Elbe” an Indo-German twin city public art and ecology project in Delhi and Hamburg. Ravi is also the founder of the Indian environmental NGO Toxics Link.

About Bonjour India

The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is a three-month-long odyssey across India that will celebrate Indo-French partnership as well as shape the next decade of people-to-people ties between the two countries. From November 2017 to February 2018, Bonjour India will present 100 projects in 33 cities across 20 Indian states and union territories. This edition of Bonjour India is a platform for enduring partnerships on the themes of Smart Citizen, High Mobility, Go Green.

Bonjour India is unprecedented given the ambitious scale of its partnership with India. People at the forefront of their fields will share their inspiring journeys as they change society through their innovation and creativity. At events collaboratively organised across cities and disciplines, amid performances, debates, seminars and exhibitions, all audiences will find something that captures their imagination.

With Bonjour India 2017-18, India and France will come together to create, innovate and partner towards a progressive and sustainable future.

Bonjour India aims far, Bonjour India supports fair, Bonjour India is fun!

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Making this larger-than-life platform come true, are our valued partner companies. Bonjour India thanks:

  • Diamond Partners: Dassault Aviation, Reliance
  • Gold Partners: Accor, Air India, Engie, Krishnakriti Foundation, Renault, Société Générale
  • Silver Partners: Air France, Ariane Space, Axa, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, BNP Paribas, Faurecia, Laurent Perrier, Mane, Naval Group, NRB Bearings, Pernod Ricard, Phoenix Mall, Saint Gobain, Thales, Vicat (Bharathi Cement), Writer Relocations
  • Event Partners: Schneider Electric, Sonalika Group, Suez, Apeejay Surrendra Group, L’Oreal, Champagne Besserat de Bellefon, Grover, L’Opera, Seher
  • Communication Partners: Foxity, ITSA, JC Decaux
  • Indian Institutional Partner: Indian Council for Cultural Relations

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