Manisha Gera Baswani
Manisha is a painter based in Gurgaon. She also writes occasionally. Apart from her practice as a painter, Manisha has also been working on an ongoing photography project 'Artist through the lens for the last two decades. The project focuses on photographing the Indian and Pakistani Artists in their studios and creative spaces. This rather exhaustive archive has been shown by the Devi Foundation in 2012 as their solo project at the India Art Fair and at the Kochi Biennale by the Kiran Nader Museum and supported by Saffron Art Foundation in 2014. An extension of the 'Artist through the lens' is another project on the partition of India, 'Postcards from Home'. Both her parents came to India from Pakistan in 1947 when India was partitioned. To date, they recall with love, their 'Home' lost. This emotion was the seed that grew into the partition project. This project traverses the borders and brings' home’ the artist photographed. The project comprises 47 artists from both Pakistan and India have a shared connection with pre-partitioned India. All photographed by Manisha in their creative spaces, they write at what tugs at their heart when they reminisce the 'Home' lost. 'Postcards from Home' has recently been shown at the Lahore Biennale in March 2018 and Kochi Biennale 2018 as invited collateral. The Kiran Nader Museum sponsored her showing at both venues. It was also shown at the India Art Fair as their special project by Gallery Espace. TedX talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5KFKWL9U5U Based on her extensive photography project, she writes a regular photo essay column - ' Fly on the Wall' in the leading Indian art quarterly 'Take on Art'. She has recently also curated a show of her Guru A Ramachandran titled, 'The Changing Mood of the Lotus Pond and Insignificant Incarnations' for Vadehra Gallery in October 2018.