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Elephant Parade Charity Project, Singapore 2011
Man does not live by decree or ideology, but by his or her own sense of purpose. Taking a huge magnifying glass, I attempt to zoom in and ‘POP’ the stories behind the ‘common man’, and Street Culture, and in doing that, hopefully hold up a mirror back to ourselves. Hidden in ordinary, everyday people and the stories around them, I sometimes stumble upon myself. I may know about Design, Architecture and Western Art History, but I also feel I have been brainwashed time and again by this flat, heavy educational conditioning, which is now even informing / encroaching on lifestyle decisions. When I am travelling, staying with Naga babas in Kumbh melas, or with the masaai tribe in Kenya, I realize that these individuals have probably never drank coffee from Starbucks, never heard of Picasso, and most certainly do not have an I-Pad! I have much more to learn from these individuals about the latent ‘de-conditioned’ person in me than I could ever from the metropolitan stage set I live in, which has made an urban slave out of me. There are no victims in this world….and to a large extent, I believe we design our lives and complexities in order to ultimately ‘graduate’ from them. Life is one long boot camp! However, I cannot help feeling that the small percentage of people in the world who have access to high information, travel and a genuine ‘open mindedness’ are turning into Ostriches. Are we burying our heads in the sand? Are we bombarded with information and generally overwhelmed? Have we sold our freedom and individuality for a life in which almost all decision making is quietly being consumed by the illusion than the reality, by games rather than face to face communication?
ONGOING ART-IVISM PROJECT: 'THE DIARY OF TRANSCIENCE'
Journeying through immigrant Britain; an interactive MOBILE ART-IVISM ENQUIRY observing, documenting & chronicling untold stories of migration & diversity.
Examples of books / writers used for research project BRITINDIA
Exploring relationships between Britain and India, especially in the post Brexit context.
Ketna was formally acknowledged as a UK-INDIA Young leader in London, June 2018
BRITINDIA: One of the intentions of this ongoing project will be to find different ways of creatively expressing the everyday 'parallels' between Britain and India. These will be transmuted into visual narratives as part of larger 'story telling' devices.
Investigating the Rural-Urban divide in India
Co-organized a one month Art residency in the Himalayan village of Gunehar, Himachal Pradesh, India; May 2016.
Ten Artists from various backgrounds were invited to live in Gunehar, converting empty shops into live studios to document and convert into Art their observations. In partnership with 4 Tables & Puneet Kaushik.
Visitors feedback: A trailer to the SAAS2 project
The 4 Tables Project (Frank Schlichtmann) in partnership with Ketna Patel Studio raised most of their project funding through crowd sourcing. https://www.ketto.org/fundrais...
Desolate empty shops of a little village turned into 'ArtShops', i.e. artists workshops! A whole village turned into an arts gallery! A festival of arts for everybody, from local villagers to visiting art lovers! And all this live on Internet!
ShopArt ArtShop 2 is a conceptual arts event set in a small, pristine village, Gunehar, in Kangra Valley, HP. From May 14 to June 7 this year, numerous contemporary artists from around India and the world will live in this village and participate in a paid residency. They will be allotted empty shops and desolate spaces as their workspace and work on art concepts dealing with themes that attempt to transcend, through their work, the great rural-urban divide that exists in today’s India and indeed, the world.
The three-week residency will culminate in an exhibition (June 7-14) whereby the entire village will turn into a gallery of contemporary arts. The Art Festival-- or ‘Mela’, as the villagers fondly call it-- will see traditional villagers, urbanites and tourists come together to celebrate their creative unity. The finished art works will become the center pieces around which a whole cultural program with local ‘Mela’ elements, music concerts, performances, live shows, film screenings, podium discussions etc. will be held.
SA AS is unique because it not only, for a short while, reimagines a village but also gives the contemporary Indian arts scene a much-needed alternative. We believe arts must occasionally be taken out of the urban, gallery and market oriented space and set in open spaces and put in unusual contexts. For this purpose, SA AS artists are not only required to develop concepts that combines the traditional with the contemporary, but also work daily in front of villagers and visitors to make the whole process of creating arts transparent and accessible. A carefully planned Internet platform meticulously documents, demonstrates and archives the whole process of creation, plus allows ‘virtual’ visitors to ‘visit’ the village, engage and communicate with the artists as well as participate in the events. Finally, the whole event is taken out ‘on tour’ to cities in India and abroad.