VAICA festival of video art

Video art made by contemporary Indian artists has been attracting attention at international art forums and festival platforms. However, such videos are generally not accessible to people outside the ambit of the art fraternity. We want to offer an opportunity for exposure to video art by Indian contemporary artists and to create space for discussion around such works. This initiative would be aimed to bring together artists, art students, media students, cultural critics and everyone interested in current cultural developments.

We call this initiative VAICA, an acronym for the festival of Video Art by Indian Contemporary Artists. We, Bharati Kapadia and Chandita Mukherjee, have been exploring this proposition out of Comet Media Foundation, Mumbai with a selection of Indian artists who have included the medium of video in their art practice. The response has been positive and the event will showcase the works of 35 Indian contemporary artists.

The first chapter of the festival took off in Mumbai with the support of the Jehangir Nicholson Arts Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. We had five screening sessions on every one of the five Saturdays in November, 2019. The five sets of videos, were seen at the CSMVS Museum, the Goethe Institut, G5A Centre for Contemporary Culture and Godrej India Culture Lab. Around 1000 people saw the videos at the various venues. The MEDIA tab gives some of the coverage.

There will be a second chapter of the festival at New Delhi on 3-6 January, 2020 at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. The details of the programmes are given under the EVENTS tab.

Further chapters are scheduled at:

  • Panjim, at the Museum of Goa on 8-9 February, 2020
  • Ahmedabad, at the National Institute of Design on 18-20 February, 2020
  • Baroda, at the Fine Arts Dept of the MS University on 22-23 February, 2020