Art Stud 143 Guest Lecture Series: Art and Artmaking in the Time of COVID – Session 4: Womanifesto (Varsha Nair)

Art Stud 143: Guest Lecture Series


Speaker: Varsha Nair

May 20, Thursday, 2:30 – 4:00pm

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Join us on May 20, 2021, 2:30 pm, for the fourth installment of our Guest Lecture Series on “Art and Artmaking in the Time of Covid – 19.” The series is organized by students of Art Studies 143 (Contemporary Art), a course offered by the Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman. 

The May 20 session focuses on WOMANIFESTO, an international art exchange that began in 1995, when a group of women artists, writers and activists from Thailand organized a feminist art exhibition titled Tradisexion at Concrete House, an alternative art space in Bangkok. In 1997, Womanifesto evolved into a biennial, and has since brought together exhibitions, workshops, artist-in-residence programs, and other forms of exchanges and conversations aiming to link art practitioners and communities all over the world. In the context of separation and lockdowns, Womanifesto is meeting in virtual spaces through  ‘Womanifesto 2020: Gatherings,’ which opened up conversations with various groups joining in from Udon Thani (Thailand), Baroda (India), Berlin (Germany), Sydney (Australia), Basel (Switzerland), and London (UK). Each location invited friends and colleagues and followed their own theme in relation to their immediate situation and consideration of what a gathering could be in current times. What happened locally was linked internationally

We will learn more about Womanifesto in this session through co-organizer, VARSHA NAIR, whose  art practice encompasses various approaches and genres, including bringing people and things together. She has also exhibited widely in Bangkok, New Delhi, Basel, Glasgow, Perth, and Melbourne,  London, Berlin, Turin, and New York, among others.  Nair has published her writings in various art journals such as n paradoxa, Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia, Art AsiaPacific, and Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art of which she is Editorial Board member. She is currently a guest lecturer at Hochschule Lucerne, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

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You may also wish to mark your calendars for the upcoming events in this series:

May 25 – Gantala Press (Faye Cura)

May 27 – Rocky Cajigan

 We hope to see you in each of these talks! For more information and inquiries, please email