Artwork: Imaginary Museum III (Mondrian), Nehru Science Museum, Mumbai
Artist: Philippe Calia
Media: Archival Inkjet Print on Hahnemülhe Bamboo Fine Art paper
Price: RMB 13,150
In Philippe Calia’s project “Ajeeb Ghar Archive”, which is an ongoing documentation project started in 2017, he wishes to explore a diverse and extensive range of museums in the region, focusing also on their less publicly accessible aspects. From museums in big metropolises (like Delhi, Bombay, or Bangalore) to small-town museums, the series explores the museum-goer’s interaction process within these spaces.
About the Artist
b.1985 Paris, France
Philippe Calia is an artist, photographer and filmmaker, living between India and France. His works are set within an eclectic documentary practice that privileges long-term involvement and mixes photography, video, and text. Interweaving themes of memory, time, and history, his processes focus on vernacular forms of expression, between “objets trouvés” and residual documents. The act of representing eventually becomes a reflexive one: approached through negation, it focuses on spaces in which the Image is either threatened with a disappearance or prohibited altogether. Since 2013, Calia has been collaborating with PIX as a photo editor and researcher. Between 2015 and 2020, he co-directed BIND, a platform for photography in India with a public photobook library.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Founded in 2009, UP Gallery is Taiwan’s first gallery that solely dedicates in exhibiting photographic and moving image works. Yichia Liao the founder of the gallery, also an artist/photographer foresaw the possibility of photography in the world of contemporary art. The need for an unconventional space and a platform for exposure of photographic art in Taiwan were crucial among his visions, which lead to the establishment of the physical gallery space that is now located in Hsinchu, Taiwan.