TIFA Working Studios and Avid Learning present Meme Art and Art Engagement in the Post-Internet World as the debut episode of a new Art Series Art Redefined Today (A.R.T) 2020. In a post-Internet world, social media is the new playground for art where the registers of consumption and originality are exploded and redefined. Memes are emerging as a humorous way to leverage Art historical images to educate, comment and shape/change cultural commentary. Memes are not pure visual objects and memes and Meme Art owe a great deal to fine art and the art-historical canon, becoming a genre all its own- one that has attitude and aesthetic. Independent Arts Manager, Exhibition Consultant, & creator of #ArtWorldMemes Abhinit Khanna, Content Creator (@deepfriedneurons), Curator of Meme Regime at TIFA Working Studios Anuj Nakade and Social Media Influencer @southbombaymemes Nivedita Bansal will be in conversation with Illustrator, Animator and Independent Comic Publisher, Abhijeet Kini. These speakers will unpack the meme phenomenon that has captured the imagination of an entire generation of future stakeholders for the arts.
Abhinit Khanna is an arts manager based in Bombay, India. He has over 9 years of work experience in the visual arts, design and creative business development. He has worked with award winning independent magazine Motherland published by Wieden + Kennedy and consulted GVK for their iconic Mumbai International Airport’s T2 Art Programme – Jaya He! His recent consulting projects include Lodha Luxury Group where he was responsible for exhibition design, arts management and launch event for #LodhaxPicasso. He has micro-consulted Cultivate Art - a brand new arts platform for emerging artists and young collectors. He was listed in Verve Magazine's Art Issue as 40 young creatives to look out for in 2018. In April 2019, Abhinit was awarded the prestigious fellowship for his outstanding work as an arts manager and creative leader in South Asia by Art Think South Asia. In October 2019, Abhinit was awarded Young Cultural Innovator Fellowship at Salzburg Global Seminar.Read more
Anuj Nakade is a resident meme snob at TIFA Working Studios and also curated the infamous Meme Regime that travelled with the show to Mumbai, Bangalore, Mysore and Goa. He holds a BA honours in psychology from Symbiosis College and is on his way to getting an LLB. He performed as an actor with a theatre Group "The Drama Queens" and also and flirts with the idea of standup. He hosts a podcast by the name “Deep Fried Neurons” which he started in 2018 to deal with meaninglessness in life and curiosity about events in human history. He also does video essays about memes on his channel for information to randomly exist in the space of the internet.Read more
Nivedita Bansal is a social media influencer studying sustainability at Utrecht University. She is passionate about social issues and uses memes as a medium to raise awareness and provoke critical thought. Her page 'South Bombay Memes For Class Riddled Teens' makes fun of South Mumbai's rich and elite, addressing issues like classism and misuse of power by poking fun at their idiosyncrasies. In addition to her meme endeavours, she is interested in government reform, writing, animal welfare activism, and scientific research. Her goals are to bring meaningful, grassroots change to Indian society through public policy by joining politics or formulating innovative policies.Read more
Abhijeet Kini is a Mumbai based illustrator, animator and independent comics publisher, known for his work in Tinkle comics and his own comic series "Angry Maushi" and "Fanboys". Winner of the Best Illustrator Awards Bronze (2018 and 2019) at the Comic Con India awards, Abhijeet has been a regular participant in all the Indian comic cons and has also participated in international editions. Starting off cartooning for newspapers and magazines, he has been illustrating for Tinkle comics since 2004. He is also the co-founder of the animation and merchandise line Kinistudios.com. Abhijeet conducts workshops across all age groups on ideation, creative writing and drawing and comic making and is also a visiting faculty at leading academic institutions.Read more