The Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley is organizing a roundtable with Atul Bhalla, a renowned Delhi-based contemporary eco-artist.
For the past decade, Bhalla's art has addressed the socio-historical importance of water in urban environments around the world. Bhalla earned his BFA from Delhi University and his MFA from the School of Art of Northern Illinois University; he currently teaches in the School of Art, Design, and Performing Arts at Shiv Nadar University. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, India, across Europe and Asia. His most recent exhibition Atul Bhalla: You Always Step into the Same River is an immersion into the knowledge that water imparts.
The artist's talk titled, You Always Step into the Same River!, will be followed by an interdisciplinary conversation on the politics and aesthetics of water in a global field with Lauren Kroiz (Assistant Professor, History of Art Department), Robert Goldman (Professor of Sanskrit; Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies), and Sugata Ray (Assistant Professor of South Asian Art).
The evening will include:
-- Artist talk by Atul Bhalla: You Always Step into the Same River!
-- Lauren Kroiz: How it contains or is contained: Harmonizing the Hoover Dam c. 1935