INK2012: Designing the Future--Now

October 11 - October 14, 2012 in Pune, India


The annual INK conference features one artist every year to design the aesthetic vision of the conference, from designing the stage to imbuing a distinct theme in all conference visuals--for the first time this year, INK is bringing together multiple artists, each with a distinct style, as the featured artists at INK2012.


Artists, through the 21st century are pushing the boundaries of imagination through their visual vocabulary well-armed with technological innovations since the Machine age, which continue to alter our comprehension of art in contemporary times. The advent of numerous social media and networking sites mean that art today is accessible through several online platforms while multiple perspectives and criticisms can be shared instantly. Film, video, sound and such techinical aspects have been incorporated into new media installations and two dimensional works to confront and tackle social, cultural and global issues. Artists in this exhibition stand as fine exemplers of such innovations, seamlessly furthering critical approaches in their contemporary art practice. - Tushar Jiwarajka, INK2012 Art Curator

Tushar Jiwarajka is the Founder and Director of Volte Gallery, one of the leading contemporary art galleries from the Indian subcontinent. The gallery has achieved significant importance, mounting some of the most bold and important shows to come out from the Indian art scene. Besides exhibitions at the gallery, Tushar has curated and organised exhibitions collaborating with some of the world’s leading museums and galleries in the US, Europe and Asia. Volte has been a pioneering gallery in India, embracing all media including painting, video, performance and installation. Tushar and Volte Gallery have been featured in New York Times, The Guardian, Art Forum, Frieze Magazine, and Time Magazine.


Alex Grey specializes in spiritual and psychedelic art or visionary art that is sometimes associated with the New Age movement. His body of work spans from performance art, process art, installation art, sculpture, visionary art, and painting.

Bharti Kher is one of India’s best-known contemporary artists. Her work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation, often incorporating bindis— the popular forehead decoration worn by women in India — which in Kher’s hands become an epidermal filter, transforming objects and dissolving the distinction between two and three dimensions.

Bose Krishnamachari is an artist and curator whose artistic practice includes works in striking and dynamic abstracts, and with figures seen through saturated lenses. Even in his photography and multi-media installations, color is a dominant force.

David LaChapelle is quite simply the only photographic artist working today who has transitioned flawlessly from the world of fashion and celebrity photography to be enshrined by the notoriously discerning contemporary art intelligentsia. 

Known for his innovative and fresh approach, Raghava KK has inbued his paintings with dance and rhythm transforming his canvases into a sensational performance. His art practice today confronts different historical perspectives using iconography borrowed from history and legend.

Delhi-based artist Ranbir Kaleka infuses his experimental canvases with life, quite literally, when a still, seated figure may decide to move beyond its configurations. He successfully interveaves a narrative that behoves the viewer to stay a little longer as the “painting” unravels.

Sheba Chhachhi has used photography as a means to document India’s feminist movement since the 1980s. Her now iconic and historic images document women protesting against dowry and discriminating legislatures.

Trained as a painter, Subodh Gupta went on to experiment with a variety of media. By incorporating such ordinary everyday items like steel tiff boxes and bicycles, the artist produces sculptures that reflect on the economic transformation of his homeland and which relate to Gupta's own life and memories.

Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye transgresses the boudaries between science, technology and art. Famous for tattooing pigs on his “Art Farm” in China, his unconventional art projects include ornate gothic structures which are fashioned in the way of seventeenth century.