Introducing SqW:Lab 2020
Veeranganakumari Solanki is an independent curator, writer and researcher based in Mumbai, India. Her interest lies in the manner in which interdisciplinary forms merge with art to create dialogues that travel from public spaces into private ones and the way curatorial research can be structured around artistic practices that expand the idea of medium specificity through dialogue and story-telling. She has contributed papers and articles to several international art journals and publications. She has curated exhibitions, lectured on curating and art practices, and conducted workshops internationally at institutes and galleries such as the Siddhartha Art Foundation, Kathmandu; the Asian Contemporary Art Conference, Taipei; Icastica, Arezzo; Academia di Belle Arte, Florence; Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno; NGMA, Mumbai and Bengaluru; Space Studios, Baroda; Tarq, Mumbai; and Exhibit 320, Delhi, among others. She was also the curator of the 2017 Kathmandu Triennale and the Photo Kathmandu Residency 2018, and is on the advisory board of the 2020 Kathmandu Triennale. Veerangana was recently the Curatorial Brooks International Research Fellow at the Tate Modern, and a resident at the Delfina Foundation (2019), and is the Programme Director for Space Studios, Baroda, alongside her independent curatorial practice.
Ana Čavić is a Ljubljana and London based performance artist, writer and postgraduate researcher into alternative artist publishing practices related to performance. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2008 and has performed both solo and as part of the performance art and publishing duo Ladies of the Press*, nationally and internationally. The Ladies of the Press* (Ana Čavić & René O’Drobniak, working collectively since 2007) re-imagines the role of the publisher and the publicist into a theatrical persona through live pop-up publishing projects. Since 2014, she has been collaborating with Sally Morfill on an ongoing body of work exploring themes of translation and dialogue through drawing and writing exchanges incorporating digital and analogue technologies. Her interdisciplinary art practice, at the intersection of the fields of visual and literary arts, includes works on paper, artist publications, digital poetry animation, vibro-tactile poetry sculpture, digitally assisted image and text works, electronic literature and performance art. Presently, she is undertaking PhD research in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art, on the subject of contemporary alternative artists’ self-publishing practices in relation to 20th century avant-garde performance practice and theory.
Artist. Born in Tokyo, studied in Geneva and Oxford, graduated from Goldsmiths’ College, London. Ebata works in various mediums including photography, video, performance, installation and curation. She works on a range of projects, each employing a concrete poetics to investigate or circumscribe subjects which are felt as absent, abstract, or invisible with anthology often referring to the state of society in everyday life.
Ebata has won numbers of awards and her works have shown internationally including at the 2018 Gallery Hashimoto, Tokyo/ 2017 Beyond Orientation- Eight Views, Korea House of Culture, Vienna/ 2010 Aichi Triennale 2010 Curatorial Exhibition Competition/ 2010 The First Mediterranean Biennial of Contemporary Art, Haifa/ 2004 MEDIARENA: contemporary art from Japan, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand/ 2002 Young Video Artist Initiatives, Mori Art Museum
Adam Nathaniel Furman
Adam Nathaniel Furman is a London based designer & artist of Argentine, Japanese and Israeli heritage whose practice ranges from Architecture & interiors, to sculpture, installation, writing and product design. He taught the studio ‘Productive Exuberance’ at Central St Martins for three years, and has run the Research Group ‘Saturated Space’ at the Architectural Association, exploring colour in Architecture and Urbanism through events, lectures and publications, for the past 8 years. He was Designer in Residence at the Design Museum in London for 2013-14, received the Blueprint Award for Design Innovation in 2014, was awarded the UK Rome Prize for Architecture 2014-15, was one of the Architecture Foundation’s “New Architects” in 2016, a L’Uomo Vogue Design Star 2016, was described by Rowan Moore, architecture critic for the Observer, as one of the four ‘rising stars’ of 2017, is a ‘Rising Talent of 2018’ for Elle Decor Italia, one of the Evening Standard’s “1000 Most Influential Londoners of 2018”, and was awarded the Blueprint Award for best small project 2018. He has worked at OMA Rotterdam, Ron Arad Architects, Farrells and Ash Sakula, and has written for Abitare, the RIBA Journal, Icon, the Architectural Review, and Apollo Magazine, amongst others.
In all his work Adam explores the relationship between memory, imagination, history and communication at multiple scales, always with a critical eye towards the way in which sensual architectural form, in a dialogue with the past and the future, can communicate complex issues through eloquent and expressive shapes, colours, and environments. His multicultural background, and personal connection with queerness, are a big influence on what he does, and are always fused with a keen interest in broader universal themes. He has laid out an approach to the relationship between form and the conveyance of content, which simultaneously draws on new technologies and mediums, whilst anchoring itself firmly in the wealth of past traditions; a dialogue between progress and positivity, memory and loss, the ephemeral and fashionable and the eternal and immutable, which is vital to the production of designs that accurately reflect our contemporary condition.