Sanskriti announced the 2011 Sanskriti Awards in the fields of literature, journalism, art, performing arts and social achievement. This is the 32nd successive year of the awards, which are now being announced on a national basis for the 21st consecutive year. Experts in their respective fields have selected the awardees. The distinctive feature of the Awards is that they are presented to young and emerging talent in the age group of 25-35 years. Each Award carries Rs 50,000.00 in cash and a citation.
Abhishek Hazra for Art (2011)
Abhishek (born 1977), a visual artist based in Bangalore, graduated from the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. His work explores the intersections between technology and culture through animated shorts and performance pieces that often integrate textual fragments drawn from real and fictional scenarios. He is also interested in the social history of scientific practices in colonial India. Abhishek often refers to the idea of a ‘thought-experiment’ and ‘speculative fiction’ to refer to his works – a non-goal directed and completely useless exploration of little or no value and blissfully devoid of material trappings. However, he is still coming to terms with the fact that he will die without acquiring the mental apparatus required to appreciate Maxwell’s classic equations on electromagnetism. Nonetheless, he pretends to make ‘art and science’ noises and attempts to pass off his jokes as profundities. His most recent explorations into the intersections of art and science were conducted at SymbioticA, an art laboratory located within the University of Western Australia, Perth. His project engaging with the ambivalent nature of bio-materials was later exhibited at SymbioticA’s 2011 retrospective show at Trinity College, Dublin.
He has previously exhibited and performed at HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art Contemporain, Experiment Marathon Reykjavik, Reykjavik Art Museum and Kunst Museum Bern. His recent shows include a solo show (The Inheritance of Alphanumeric Characters) at Gallery SKE, Bangalore and a group show On Uncertainity at Bose Pacia, New York. Prior to this he has been an artist-in-residence at Gasworks, London and KHOJ, New Delhi, among others.
The other recipients of this award are Shahida Shabnum for literature, Rana Ayyub for journalism, Murad Ali for music and Vinayak Lohani for social achievement.