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Department of Art Design and Performing Arts
Tushar Joag
Associate Professor,
Department of Art Design and Performing Arts,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
M.F.A M.S. University, Baroda (1990)
B.F.A Sir J.J School of Art, Bombay (1988)
Professional Experience
Having acquired a Masters in Fine art (Sculpture) Tushar Joag has been practicing as a free- lance artist since 1990.He is the Founder Member Open Circle Artists Initiative (1998) an artists' initiative for the organization and development of interactive platforms for artists. He was the Convener, and coordinator, 'India Sabka Youth Festival' (2002), Co curator of the film program at the Pabellion Cuba, Havana Bienale, in 2004 he was Co-Facilitator, Culture Committee, World Social Forum, Mumbai, India. In 2005 Curated 'Globalisation @ Hunger' an exhibition for World Social Forum at India House, Porto Alegre, Brazil and in 2007 Curated 'Memories in Transit' an artists' camp for World Social Forum at Nairobi, Kenya. Joag Initiated and curated 'SEZ Who' a collaborative project about the impacts of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Experimenter Kolkata and Khoj New Delhi(2009). He Convened and curated the event 'Right to Dissent, comprising an Exhibition of contemporary art, film screenings, apanel discussion, and performance, (2011)in collaboration with Clark House, Mohile Parikh Center, Committee for the Release of Dr. Binayak Sen. He has been visiting faculty at the Kamal Raheja Vidya Nidhi Institute of Architecture, Bombay as well as at the Faculty of Fine Art, M.S. University, Baroda.

He has been part of numerous exhibitions national and inter-national- only select exhibitions from the past five years listed below:

  • Reconciliation and Truth Solo Show Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
  • Destination Asia - Flying Over Stereotypes - Conversations, Elementa Gallerie, Dubai. curated by Sharmila Samant, Valeria Ibraeva and Quddus Mirza.
  • Games and Theory, South London Gallery, London, curated by Kit Hammonds.
  • Recovering Lives, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia, curated by Caroline Turner, and David Williams.
  • Games and Theory, South London Art Gallery, London, curated by
  • Best of Discovery, Shanghai Contemporary, Art Fair, Shanghai, China, curated by Deeksha Nath. Presented by Gallery Chemould, Mumbai.
  • "Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art", The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, curated by Akiko Miki
  • 'Under the Surface', Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria, in collaboration with Chemould Prescott Road
  • 'Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art', National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Korea,curated by Akiko Miki
  • 'Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art', Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria, curated by Akiko Miki, 2010
  • 'Bring Me A Lion: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art', The Hunt Gallery, St.Louis, Missouri, USA.
  • Go see India-an exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, the Vasa Konsthall and Galleri Scandinavia art, Sweden
  • The 11th Hour - An Exhibition of Contemporary Art from India / and its Diaspora, curated by Shaheen Merali, Tang, Contemporary Art - Beijing.
  • Indian Highway - HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning
  • The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today - The Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 'Place Time Play', Curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, for the west Heravens Project of the Hanart TZ Gallery.
  • 'Against All Odds: A Contemporary Response to the Historiography of Archiving Collecting, and Museums in India', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 'Fluid City' Public Art Project initiated by Mohile Parekh Centre and Art O2, Bombay. Curated by Amrita Gupta, Leandre Disouza, Claaudio Maffioletti
  • FLOW / CUT : The Fluid City, Public Art Project, Exhibition/ discussion, Studio X, Bombay, curated Amrita Gupta Singh, Claudio Maffioletti, Leandre D'souza
  • Generation in Transition, New Art from India, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw Poland, curated Magda Kardasz
  • 21st Oct, 2011, Riding Rocinante, Bombay to Shanghai,via Sardar Sarovar and Three Gorges, Solo show at The Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi.
  • Generation in Transition, New Art from India, the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, curated Magda Kardasz
  • 'Experiments with the Magyar: Associations of Identities Across Geographies'
  • Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi, Curated by Sumesh Sharma and Zasha Colah
  • 'Land (of) Mine' Public Art Project initiated by Mohile Parekh Centre and Art O2, Bombay. Curated by Amrita Gupta, Leandre D'souza, Claudio Maffioletti
  • 'To Let the World in: Narrative and Beyond in the Contemporary Indian Art', Lalit Kala Chennai, Curated by Chaitanya Sambrani
  • 'On Kindness', Visual Art Gallery, Habitat Centre, Delhi, Under the Australia -India Cultural exchange program, presented by the Visual Arts Gallery and the Australia India Council
  • 'Social Fabric', (Film programme) Rivington Place, London, Lunds konsthall, Lund, Sweden curated by Grant Watson in collaboration with Christine Checinska, Nida Ghouse, Shanay Jhaveri, Nada Raza and Karen Roswell.
  • 'Of Places and Journeys', The Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi
  • 'Trespassers Only' Studio X, culmination of project 'Land (of) Mine' by Mohile Parekh Centre and Art O2, Bombay. Curated by Amrita Gupta, Leandre D'souza, Claudio Maffioletti.
  • Skoda Short-list Show National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi.
  • 'Cultural Hijack', curated by Benjamin Parry and Peter McCaughey, Architecture Association, London.
  • 'Wavy Banners' curated by Klavs Weiss
Research Interests
Socially relevant and participatory art practices
National and International Recognition
Sir. J.J. School of Art Merit Scholarship, Bendre Hussain Award, Honourable Mention at the Bharat Bhavan Bienniale, Fellowship award Kanoria Centre for Art, Ahmedabad, Inlaks fellowship for sculpture, Majlis Fellowship for the Arts, Residency Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Executive Summary
Tushar Joag was born in Mumbai in 1966. He completed his Bachelors in Fine art in 1988 (Sir JJ. School of Art, Mumbai ) and Masters in 1990 (M.S. University, Baroda). Aftrer spending two years (1998 to 2000) at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he returned to Mumbai and co-founded the artists initiative Open Circle in2000. He has been involved in organizing and co-ordinationg activities in Mumbai and for the World Social Forum in Brazil and Kenya. He has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions. He has been a Visiting Faculty, and has delivered numerous talks and seminars in India and abroad on invitation. He has been a member of jury for various awards and academic examinations in prestigious institutions.
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