WALA is a Delhi-based collective formed in 2009 by Akansha Rastogi, Sujit Mallik and Paribartana Mohanty. Drawing from people who are known by their professions such as kabadiwala, ice-creamwala or paaniwala, the deliberately missing prefix of WALA allows inhabiting multiple forms of belonging, associations and affinities. WALA sees itself as producer of situations, encounters, devices, formats that allow dialogues to occur with or without artists’ presence. WALA has been engaged with performance art and community art projects.
PROJECTS / EXHIBITIONS
2015 Placing Art in Public, Curated by Naveen Mahantesh, New York Subway Station, New York, USA
2015 Guest of a Guest, A performance cum guided tour of Raqs Media Collective’s retrospective exhibition, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
2014 FICA Home Page, Group exhibition, Curated by Bhooma Padmanabhan, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2014 W1RKF 0.75, video work screening at SAVAC, ‘Monitor: South Asian Experimental Film+Video’, Curated by Shai Heredia, Jackman Hall, Toronto, Canada. Also shown at Articule, Montreal, Canada
2012-13 ECHO, a performance-meeting project, at various locations in New Delhi, for six consecutive Sundays between 10th November to 22nd December 2013 (Fifth event under project ‘Kachra Seth’s Observatory’, supported by FICA Public Art Grant)
WALA’s MULTIPLEX, a public-art project, Dilshad Garden Extension, Ghaziabad-New Delhi (May 2013) (Fourth event under project ‘Kachra Seth’s Observatory’, supported by FICA Public Art Grant)
SPRAWL IS LOUDER, LOUDER AND LOUDER, a performance evening, Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi (Feb 2013) (Third event under project ‘Kachra Seth’s Observatory’, supported by FICA Public Art Grant)
WALA’s METRO ADVENTURES: A DELHI METRO GUIDED TOUR, inside Delhi Metro, New Delhi (August 2012) (Second event under project ‘Kachra Seth’s Observatory’, supported by FICA Public Art Grant)
NARCISSIST IN THE MIRROR SHOP: A WALK FROM NATIONAL MUSEUM TO NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART via INDIA GATE, New Delhi (March 2012 (First event under project ‘Kachra Seth’s Observatory’, supported by FICA Public Art Grant)
2012-13 ‘We in One Room Kitchen Field’, a nine-month continuous film project at the ‘Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition’, Curated by Raqs Media Collective, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon
2012 “SCHAU SCHAU”, a group exhibition, Atelier Arcadias, Nürnberg, Germany Screened three versions of ‘We in One Room Kitchen Field’
2010-11 CALENDAR PROJECT, a two-year community art project, Dilshad Garden Extn, Ghaziabad-New Delhi
2010 KACHRA SETH, A Performance-Piece as member of collective WALA (September), Seemapuri, New Delhi
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2012 FICA PUBLIC ART GRANT, Foundation of Contemporary Art, New Delhi
PRESENTATIONS AND TALKS
- Gatherings and Leisure, WALA’s talk, ‘Anecdotes: Lecture Series on Performance Art’, ogranised by Samudra Kajal Saikia, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, August 2014
- A dialogue with the curators ofWASTE- An Exhibition, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, Nov2mber 2010
- ‘A:\I’m History\Calendar Project\Process Sketch 1\Duration, Location and Public Domain’, ArtETC magazine, Aakriti Art Gallery, ‘From/To – Here/There = Nowhere/Everywhere? – a National Symposium’, Kolkata, October 2010
Akansha Rastogi is a researcher working on Indian modern and contemporary art. She is currently an Associate Curator, Programming and Exhibitions at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. Her recent exhibition includes Zones of Contact: Propositions on the Museum and Inhabiting the Museum series at KNMA. Rastogi is part of an artist collective WALA. She is the recipient of Research Grant from IFA, Curatorial Research residency in Switzerland by Pro Helvetia, Getty Foundation Travel Grant to Brazil, Asian Curators’ Research program by Japan Foundation, IFA-Khoj Curatorial Residency 2011.
Paribartana Mohanty is an artist, working in multiple mediums of video, performance, painting and sculpture. He was the recipient of FICA Emerging Artist Award 2010, Artist-in-Residence in Switzerland and Japan, and ‘City as Studio-1′ Sarai-CSDS Media Lab Associate Fellowship 2010. Mohanty has exhibited internationally, including recent exhibition Rendezvous 13, ICA, Lyon, France. His last solo exhibition Kino is the Name of a Forest was in 2012 at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.
Sujit Mallik is an artist, working between performance and painting. He is the recipient of ‘City as Studio-2’ at Sarai-CSDS Media Lab Associate Fellowship 2011-12, Inlaks Fine Arts Award 2012 and Studio Residency in Basel, Switzerland by Pro Helvetia. He has exhibited widely in India.