VAICA 2 has received full financial support from the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation of the Bajaj Group Trusts. The festival will be presented by the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in association with Comet Media Foundation. Read more here.
VAICA festival for Video Art by Indian Contemporary Artists was initiated in 2019 by visual artist Bharati Kapadia and film maker Chandita Mukherjee. The festival was conceived to create a public platform to showcase videos made by contemporary Indian artists. In the absence of a publicly accessible archive of video art by Indian artists, it becomes difficult to know how video is being used as a medium of artistic expression within the Indian context. The intention behind creating VAICA therefore, was to create a space where artists, art and media students, cultural practitioners and those interested could view, discuss, debate and thus further the interest and exploration of this medium.
Unlike other forms of moving image, video art consciously challenges the conventional modes of expression while experimenting with the free mixing of different media within the space of the screen. Sixty-seven video works by thirty-five Indian artists were screened in the first edition of the festival, which premiered in Mumbai and subsequently travelled to other cities in India. The enthusiastic response that the VAICA 1 festival received from diverse audiences has inspired its second edition.
VAICA 2 is planned as an online festival, to be presented across a month, from 20 November to 18 December, 2021. It will have four sessions, each of 60-90 minutes. The videos screened will be made not only by visual artists but also by film makers, architects, musicians and others engaged with making videos in innovative ways.
The detailed schedule of the VAICA 2 programme shall be announced shortly on our EVENTS page. Register here if you would like us to keep you updated.