Double Road

Cooperation with the initiative "Double Road" and the Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore / India

Event Details

DOUBLE ROAD - Towards new forms of artistic exchange between Karnataka and Bavaria

A project initiated by:
Christian EngelmannBeate EnglMaximilian Erbacher,
Fabian HesseHermann HillerRalf Homann

In cooperation with:
Art Pavilion in the "Old Botanical Garden"MaximiliansForum,

Sponsored by
Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and Art
Cultural Office of the City of Munich
bangaloREsidency, Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, India


"Double Road"@whiteBOX residency
February 20 – March 20, 2017


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7 pm
Double Road Kick-Off - Welcome reception for Suresh Kumar and Sridhar Gangolli
Free admission


Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7 pm
Artist Talk: Suresh Kumar & Sridhar Gangolli
whiteBOX Guest Studio (3rd floor)
Free admission


June 28, 2017 – July 30, 2017
exhibition "Double Road"
whiteBOX, Art Pavilion in the "Old Botanical Garden", MaximiliansForum
Opening: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The 160 m2 "Guest Studio" on the third floor at whiteBOX has primarily been rented out for private functions and special events up to now. But the room is now about to finally be used for its original purpose: From February 20 – March 20, two artists from Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka will visit whiteBOX as Artists in Residence. Going by the title "Double Road", this project was initiated and supported by a group of Munich-based artists who, in years gone by, have themselves been invited to participate in an artist residency programme by the Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore.

This artistic exchange with the high-tech metropolis of Bangalore is the fruit of the long-existing, amicable sense of collaboration between the following artists from Munich, and which grew and evolved over the course of their bangaloREsidency at the Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore: Christian Engelmann, Beate Engl, Maximilian Erbacher, Fabian Hesse, Hermann Hiller and Ralf Homann. Engelmann and Engl are both members of the whiteBOX studio collective in the Werksviertel, and it was they who proposed the placement of two of the six guest artists at the whiteBOX Guest Studio.

The works of the artists Suresh Kumar and Sridhar Gangolli deal with the issue of public space. Their artistic output is characterised by a performative approach that often culminates in collaborative and self-organised projects. Four other artists will make a guest appearance in Munich during June and July – the artist and curator Suresh Jayaram, the painter and filmmaker Bhavani GS, the sculptor Navin Thomas and the multimedia artist Yashas Shetti. The six bangaloREsidency alumni from Munich became familiar with the selected guest artists on the ground in India.

The "Double Road" project will reach its highpoint in the summer with an exhibition curated by the Munich-based initiators. This will be opened on June 28, 2017 at the three exhibition rooms in Munich simultaneously. "Double Road" is also a pilot project to mark the tenth anniversary of the economic partnership between the Free State of Bavaria and the Indian state of Karnataka. The goal of this ambitious project is to create an atmosphere of sustainable collaboration between the visual artists of both cities.


A who's who of the "Double Road" residents at whiteBOX

Suresh Kumar

Born in 1973, Kumar lives and works as a visual and performance artist, curator and mentor for the burgeoning art scene in Bangalore. He studied art at the College of Fine Arts in Bangalore (1997) and sculpture at the College of Art in New Delhi (2000). He dedicated his early years to large-scale sculptural installations and site-specific works in which he primarily dealt with the social and ecological issues confronting agricultural regions as they struggled to come to terms with the upheaval wrought by the clash between traditional structures and the rapidly advancing urbanisation process in the Bangalore region. Since 2002, Kumar has become increasingly involved in performance art, curatorial work and teaching activities, becoming ever more dedicated to his new-found role as an activist in the city's local art scene. Ever since, he has primarily committed his talent to public and collective art projects and initiatives. He himself describes his artistic approach as interdisciplinary and experimental. As an artist, he continually questions and challenges the existing structures and mechanisms of the production and reception of art, searching for new avenues beyond the diktats of market orientation.

Kumar is the founder and active member of BAR, the oldest artist residency programme in Bangalore, and has established numerous community and network initiatives, such as "Samuha" (2009) or "Loopholes" (2011). In projects such as "080:30", he teams up with young up-and-coming artists to claim public spaces as artistic spaces and as a platform for intervention. In the "Per-Fumes" project, he uses an ongoing video archive to document and record works of art in public spaces and speeches by artists, curators and activists, making them freely available to art students, artists and art researchers. Kumar has therefore advanced to become one of the most important activists and mentors – and leading protagonists – of the independent art scene in Bangalore.

Sridhar Gangolli 

Born in 1982 in the coastal town of the same name, Gangolli lives and works as a visual artist in Bangalore. He studied painting at the Ken School of Art and art history at the College of Fine Art Bangalore (CKP), and currently works with numerous media and formats, such as drawing, painting, caricatures, installations in public spaces and performance. In his work, he primarily focuses on new media and everyday materials as a means of expression. The issues particularly close to his heart include the established social system, as well as societal and economic inequality and injustice, along with the resulting precarious living conditions.

Since 2012, Gangolli has held well over 20 performances in public spaces, as well as installations and exhibitions in Bangalore and Delhi, and his works were featured at the Students' Biennale as part of The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014/2015 and at the Kolkata International Performance Festival 2013, to cite just some of his achievements to date.


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