A call for lens-based practitioners – Photography | Video | New Media.
For practitioners in the South Asian region which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Serendipity Arts Foundation in collaboration with Rencontres d’Arles announces Serendipity Arles Grant 2020 supported by the French Institute in India. The Grant of INR 12,00,000 (approximately EUR 15,000)* supports lens-based practitioners from the South Asian region. Ten shortlisted candidates will be showcased at the forthcoming edition of Serendipity Arts Festival. The finalist will have the opportunity to exhibit at Rencontres d’Arles, France in 2022.
*The grant amount will be based on the conversion rate at the time of awarding.
The grant will have two phases –
Will support 10 artists with a grant amount INR 70,000/- (approximately EUR 800)* each along with an opportunity to showcase at the forthcoming edition of Serendipity Arts Festival.
Will support 1 artist out of the 10 with a grant amount of INR 12,00,000 (approximately EUR 15,000)* to develop their project for Rencontres d’Arles, France in 2022.
* The grant amount will be based on the conversion rate at the time of awarding.
Are you eligible?
Submissions are open to all lens-based practitioners from the South Asian region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka.
Submissions are open to projects produced by individuals, collectives, duos, and collaborations.
Applicants must be residents of countries mentioned above, for at least 5 years or more, and practicing for the same amount of time.
Age – up to 45 years (as of announcement date)
The call is focused on projects in progress. Applicants must submit supporting documents to outline the progress.
The proposed project should be original, new, and not shown as a project, substantially or in entirety, before the submission or while it is under consideration for this grant.
Applicants who have received a grant in the past 1 year for the same proposed project, from the date of announcement of the Serendipity Arles Grant, are ineligible to apply.
How to apply?
The application includes two parts: filling an online form and submitting a single PDF comprising your application.
Please fill correct details in the form and accept the terms and conditions. We urge you to read the terms and conditions carefully.
Please make sure that all your documents are ready to be uploaded as a single PDF file. For further details please refer .
Upon filling in your details below and accepting the terms and conditions, you will be requested to upload a single PDF file.
Upon successful upload of your file, your application will be submitted.
The proposals in the application can be submitted in languages other than English as well.
The first part of the application process requires you to fill the online form.
The second part of the application process requires you to upload a single PDF file comprising of details listed below. The file size must not exceed 20 MB.
PDF file must follow the naming convention as Your Last Name First Name _ SAG2020. (For example: PatelKeith_SAG2020)
DETAILS TO BE INCLUDED IN A SINGLE PDF
Biography (no more than 200 words, a small blurb about you with clear mention of name and email)
CV (a bullet wise detail of your educational and professional qualifications)
All entries must be a work in progress, which should be accompanied by a written statement which must include the following –
1. Scope of the project (500 words)
2. Research & documentation undertaken for the proposed project, if any.
3. Timeline for research, production and execution
4. Budget breakdown of the proposed project.
A letter of recommendation. Recommenders should be academic or professional contacts who can speak to your creative ability and potential; personal/friend references are not permitted.
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What do you mean by new media? Can I submit a VR based project?
For SAG 2020, new media projects must arise from lens-based practices using technology that includes computer animations, computer games, human-computer interfaces, interactive computer installations, websites, virtual worlds – VR & AI, etc.
If I live outside any of the countries mentioned under eligibility, pt 1, can I apply?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible. Applicants must be residents of countries mentioned, for at least 5 years or more, and practicing for the same amount of time.
I turned 46 before the open call announcement, am I eligible?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible. You must be 45 years old at the date of the announcement.
If I am a part of a residency which concludes in October 2020, am I eligible?
Yes, as long as the commencement for your residency is before September 2020.
If the proposed project is in collaboration with a curator / artist / institution, am I eligible?
Yes, the submissions are open to projects produced by collectives, duos and collaborations.
If the proposed project has been shown in any form in the public forum, will I be eligible?
The proposed project should not have been shown in any form; in whole or in part, before the submission.
If I am shortlisted for Phase I and I am unable to travel to Goa in December for Serendipity Arts Festival 2020, will my work still be exhibited?
Yes, we will do our best to showcase the work as per the given production and execution plan.
For the budget plan, should I focus on Phase I or Phase II?
The budget for the proposed project should focus on Phase II for the grant. If you are shortlisted for Phase I, we will be in conversation with you regarding your budget for Serendipity Arts Festival 2020.
Ravi Kumar Chaurasiya
Ravi Kumar Chaurasiya is a visual artist from Mohammedabad in the Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh. He graduated with a B.F.A. from Benaras Hindu University and graduated with an M.F.A. from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, in 2018. He uses realistic styles and semi-figurative approaches in his art practice. His style and work invokes multiple things and is full of elements of the world and its very existence. Often, a deep human figure is looking for its own path, or the existence of the imaginative architect on one side and the symbolic experiments figure on the other. His work has multiple dimensions – various visual techniques
and concepts are used. The works are not limited to any single medium; most work is mixed media – painting, sculpture, sound art, etc. – and there is a focus on experimentation with light and colour. He is deeply interested in animal forms, specifically dogs (given their closeness to human beings), and how they can be understood as a metaphor for human society. His paintings seek to represent the discourse on the environment and how the interventions of humankind have affected it.