Yogesh Barve

Yogesh Barve lives and works in Mumbai, India.

He studied Leather Technology at the Polytechnic College, Mumbai, from 2005-08; and Fine Arts at Rachana Sansad AFAC, Mumbai, from 2009-14.

His artistic practice ranges from painting and printing to sculpture, film, multimedia installations and site-specific works. He is currently working on a Dalit Poetry and Literature channel on YouTube. While stylistically varied, a common thread throughout his work is a critique of cultural frameworks of thinking. He uses the idea of the backslash in the form of un/learning, de/constructing and non/conformism as thinking and working methods. Utilising a range of materials including found objects, participatory technologies such as his mobile phone cam and game engines, he opens up new aesthetic views that deal with social phenomena such as inequality, irrationality the unseen or the in/outsider.

Selected solo shows include 2 4 1 M Y S T S E 6 3 5, Things That Can Happen, Hong Kong; Yugosphere, curated by Sumesh Sharma, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, both 2016; Explaining Could be Exploiting, Clark House Initiative, Bombay; Alimentation Générale, curated by Sumesh Sharma, Happy Market - Chez Michel Milk, Paris, both 2015.

Selected group exhibitions include How little you know about me, curated by Joowon Park, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Seoul, Korea, 2018; TAKE / THE / CITY, curated by Niccolo Moscatelli, Mumbai, India, 2017; Historica - Republican Aesthetics, IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, curated by Sumesh Sharma, 2016; and a residency at the Google Cultural Institute, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Simon Castes and Julie Boukobza, Paris, 2015.

Yogesh has been a member of Clark House Initiative, Bombay since 2012, and a co-Director of Clark House Initiative space between 2016-18.

Yogesh Barve, Where does that put you?, 2016
Digital prints
commissioned for Historica - Republican Aesthetic, IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland. Curated by Sumesh Sharma
Photo: Yogesh Barve. Courtesy of the artist.


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