Seriously Artistic

Seriously artistic

A professional's take on current issues

Within the framework of Generation Equality Forum and the France-India Year of Environment 2021, the French Institute in India has curated a series of video capsules titled ‘Seriously Artistic’ around the issues of our time. They cover environmental issues, ecological problems, sustainability to gender issues, equality & inclusivity.

This series shows how art, design and even architecture take these issues into account through Indian and French professionals’s take. Through their work and daily life, how do creators take meaningful action for our planet and society as an individual, an artist and more importantly as a citizen of this new world?

In these videos, Indian and French personalities share their vision and their experience on the topics of sustainability, eco-sustainability as well as gender equality and women empowerment.

Creators:

          • Vibha Galhotra
          • Chloé Sharrock
          • Guillian Graves
          • Cendrine Bonami Redler
          • Cynthia Walsh

We first invite Vibha Galhotra to speak about her relationship to ecology (in the broad sense of term). Vibha is a New Delhi based Indian contemporary visual artist who works with numerous artistic mediums. Her work revolves around the ideas of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of culture, society and geography. Vibha has always been concerned by ecological issues within her work & the current social pandemic we are facing now, has increased her concerns as a human being and as an artist living on this planet. In this video capsule, Vibha shares her need to redefine her own existence and human existence in general.

Her website: vibhagalhotra.in

A specialist in documentary filmmaking, French photographer Chloé Sharrock promotes the role of women and women’s rights in post-conflict societies in the Middle East through conferences and panel discussions in France. This video capsule captures her journey in countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, India and the women she has encountered.

Her portfolio: instagram.com/sharrock.chloe

Cynthia Walsh, an alumni of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Est & Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles, is currently teaching drawing in various Parisian schools such as Nouvelle Académie des Beaux Arts de Paris, Prép’Art, among others. She travels the territory of the Parisian suburbs by bicycle and is interested in current changing landscapes. She represents the urban mutations of our time, her drawings reveal the soon to be buried history and the dawn of a new narrative. Her video specifically focuses on Ivry, an old working-class town located in the southeast of Paris and it helps us in witnessing the way she moves from the site, studio work and on to the final drawings. It’s an opportunity to see an aspect of the Paris outdoors and discover a singular vision.

Watch this space for more videos

Did you know?

2021 is the France-India Year of Environment:

The Indo-French Year of the Environment was launched on 28th January 2021 by Prakash Javadekar, the Indian Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Barbara Pompili, the French Minister for Ecological Transition in New Delhi. The basic objective is to strengthen Indo-French cooperation in sustainable development, increase the effectiveness of actions in favour of global environment protection and give them greater visibility. 

The Indo-French Year of the Environment over the period 2021-2022 would be based on five main themes: environmental protection, climate change, biodiversity conservation, sustainable urban development, and the development of renewable energies and energy efficiency. It is also a platform for engaging in discussions on critical areas of collaboration relating to environment and allied areas.

2021 marks the Generation Equality Forum:

The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society–centred, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. The Forum kicked off in Mexico City, Mexico, on 29 –31 March 2021, and will culminate in Paris, France, on 30 June – 2 July 2021, with the aim of securing a set of concrete, ambitious, and transformative commitments to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards gender equality. The landmark effort will bring together governments, corporations and change to define and announce ambitious investments and policies. It will be a moment to show people everywhere that, together, we are standing up for gender equality with concrete, tangible action.

About the Creators

Vibha Galhotra

Vibha Galhotra is a New Delhi-based conceptual artist, who works across various mediums, including sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, drawing and text. Her work is influenced by nature, climate change and the anthropogenic issues of our time. Her large-scale sculptural works explore the shifting topography of the world, delving into the impacts of globalization, urbanisation and growth, particularly in the city of New Delhi, India, her home for over a decade. Her work revolves around the ideas of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of culture, society and geography.

She has shown extensively in India, New York as well as internationally, with several projects involving local communities and their sites, leading to a range of in-situ works. 

Galhotra is currently a fellow at the Jerusalem International Fellow Program, 2020. She was the recipient of the Asia Arts Future Award in 2019, the Asian Cultural Council fellow in the USA in 2017, and was the recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Grant in 2016.

Chloé Sharrock

Born in 1992, Chloe was bathed early in an artistic environment where images were considered as a privileged medium to express emotions and commitments. She therefore naturally started « Art History » studies in Lyon (Université Louis Lumière, 2010-2013) specializing in the artistic trends of the 15th to the 17th century. She then concluded her education with Cinema Studies in Paris (Université Paris VIII, 2013-2016), specialized in aesthetics and documentary making. Motivated by a dire need to bear witness of the world’s turmoil, she decided in 2017 that her medium will be photography, in a resolutely journalistic dimension.

After a year working regularly in Lebanon among Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian women, Chloe pushed a step further her commitments and creates the association “Alhawiat”, promoting the role of women in the reconstruction of post-conflictual societies in the Middle-East through conferences and discussion panels in France. She joined the Pictorium Agency in 2018. Since then, she continues focusing on the Middle-East and women’s rights, while her work has been published in the international press such as the Washington Post, Newsweek Japan, Le Figaro, Amnesty International, Der Spiegel, Le Temps, Neue Zurcher Zeitung.

Cynthia Walsh

Cynthia Walsh was born in Paris in 1985. After one year of Erasmus at EPFL in Lausanne, in 2011 she obtained her state architect diploma from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Est and then, her HMO from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles. After spending four years in an architectural firm, she devoted herself entirely to drawing. She travels the territory of the Parisian suburbs by bicycle and is interested in current changing landscapes. She represents the urban mutations of our time, her drawings reveal the soon to be buried history and the dawn of a new narrative. Today she teaches drawing in various Parisian schools including Nouvelle Académie des Beaux Arts de Paris, Prép'Art, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. This year, she is a finalist for the 2021 David Weill Prize. She regularly exhibits at the Six Elzévir in the center of the Marais in Paris, with a group of artists working around the topic of landscape. The next one will take place next June 2021.