Krishna Luchoomun

b. 1962, Mauritius.

Krishna Luchoomun is an artist, art lecturer and organiser from Mauritius. He is the co-founder of pARTage, an artist led art organisation working for the promotion of contemporary art in Mauritius.

 

Because of its colonial past, Mauritius is an island where different cultural groups pretend to live together. Since my early childhood, I have been exposed to different customs and traditions and this has helped shape my awareness of the world, of what it means to be human and of the innate need that most of us have to connect – physically, emotionally and spiritually – with other human beings and with the natural world. This sensitivity is at the heart of my practice. I use clothing not only as a basic material, but essentially as a means of artistic expression to revisit both slavery and indentureship to explore issues pertaining to Identity, multiculturalism and nationhood. And linking these to the reality of today’s world in relation to life, culture, economy and politics of Mauritian society.

Art Education

Currently Senior Lecturer at M.G.I. School of Fine Arts
1990 M.A. in fine arts, Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, former USSR
Part-time lecturer, Visual Arts Department, Mauritius Institute of Education
Part-time lecturer, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mauritius
Part-time lecturer, IVTB School of design, Mauritius

Solo Exhibitions

2015 My Soviet years, French Cultural centre, Mauritius
2010 Doors, Imaaya gallery, Mauritius
2006 KULER RUZ&lt, gallery, Mauritius
2004 Charles Gounod Gallery, Reunion
2000 Plantage Dookland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000 Alliance Française, Mauritius
1991 Eureka House, Mauritius
1990 House of Friendship, Leningrad, Russia

Group Exhibitions

2017 pARTage International Artists Workshop, French Cultural centre
2017 Artistes des Iles de L`ocean Indien, La Region, Reunion
2017 Third Dot, Long Beach Hotel, Mauritius
2017 PORLWI by Nature, Mauritius
2017 Geumgang Nature Art Center, South Korea
2016 Mother Earth, Father Sky, Tsukuba Art Centre, Japan
2016 Borderline, Granary, Mauritius
2016 WE- Architecture, Korean Cultural centre Delhi, India
2016 METAFORM; Rogers House, Mauritius
2016 PORLWI by People, Mauritius
2015 First Mauritius Pavilion 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
2014 ARTchipelago, IFM, Mauritius
2013 IKARU, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa
2013 Offline, Portugal
2012 Thupelo, Johannesburg, South Africa
2012 Triangle 30 years, New York, USA
2011 CBK Zuidoost gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 International workshop, AIFACS, India
2009 SADC meeting, Botswana
2008 Beijing 3rd Biennale, China
2007 insulART international exhibition, MGI, Mauritius
2006 Open Studios, Gasworks, London, UK
2006 Britto, Bangladesh
2005 2nd Biennale Beijing, China
2005 2nd East African Biennale, Tanzania
2004 pARTage International Artists Workshop, Mauritius
2003 Staedlijk Museum of Zwolle, The Netherlands
2003 Nicole Chabot and Krishna, Alliance Francaise, Mauritius
2003 Abiko Open Air exhibition, Abiko, Japan
2003 Latitude 2003, Municipality of Paris, France
2003 Karte postale, St Pierre, Reunion
2003 Modern Arts Museum, Windhoek, Namibia
2002 1st Triennial, Mauritius
2001 Slip Way Art Gallery, Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania
1999 International artists` workshop, Nida, Lithuania
1999 World Print Triennial, Chamalieres, France
1999 MOBAA Millenium exhibition, Mauritius
1999 Escale International Exhibition, Eureka, Mauritius
1999 MOBBA Sequences, Le Caudan, Mauritius
1999 African contemporary Art, Beijing, China
1997 9th Triennial, India
1995 Africus, Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa
1995 Uecker Class, Dusseldorf, Germany
1994 World Prints Triennial, Chamalieres, France
1994 Werkhof gallery, Germany
1993 Bothnia Seascape, Oulu, Finland
1993 Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
1992 Biennial of Seychelles

Residencies & Workshops

1993 Seascape Symposium, Finland
1995 Uecker Workshop, Dusseldorf, Germany
1995 International Creole Festival, Reunion
1997 Gandhi Residential Artists Workshop, India
1998 Printmaking Workshop with H. Di. Rosa, French Cultural Centre
1999 Residential Workshop, Nida, Lithuania
2000 Printmaking Workshop, Reunion
2000 SADC Art and Crafts workshop, Namibia
2001 Thami Mnyele, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Raffiki International Artists` workshop, Tanzania
2003 Abiko Residential workshop, Japan
2004 pARTage Residential workshop, Mauritius
2005 2nd Beijing Biennale workshop, China
2006 Two Months residency at Gas works studios, London
2007 insulART workshop, Mauritius
2007 ESCALE 10 years later, Mauritius
2008 Britto international workshop, Bangladesh
2008 Beijing Biennale, China
2009 Indian diaspora workshop, Mauritius

Art Positions Held

2017 Head of International Jury, Seychelles Biennale
2016 International Jury Barclays, L`Atelier, Johannesburg
2011 International Jury Video Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2003 Co-founder of pARTage (association of Mauritian artists), Mauritius
Art organiser, Mauritius Examinations Syndicate, Mauritius
Art examiner, Mauritius Examinations Syndicate, Mauritius
Member of Arts Panel at Curriculum Research Center, Mauritius

Collections

Museum of U.S.S.R Academy of Fine Arts, Russia
State House of Republic of Mauritius, Mauritius
Prime Minister`s Office, Mauritius
Municipality of Port-Louis, Mauritius
Airport of Mauritius, Mauritius
The British Council, Mauritius
Bothnia Seascape Fund, Finland
The municipality of Salazie, Reunion
Bank National of Paris, Mauritius
Lalit Kala Academy Fund, India
Mauritius Offshore Banking Activities Authority, Mauritius
Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, France
Thami Mnyele Foundation, The Netherlands
Rafiki Foundation, Tanzania
Munich Re- Insurance (German Offshore), Mauritius
Avalon Golf Estate, Mauritius
Office of the president of India, India
International Financial Services, Mauritius
Mauritius Commercial Bank
Central Bank of Mauritius
Private Collections in France, Reunion, England, Russia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, India, The Netherlands, South Africa, Namibia, Belgium

Published Works & Critical Reviews

Salon d’Automne, France
Biennial of Seychelles, Seychelles
World Printstriennial, Chamalieres, France
World of Ex-Libris, Switzerland
Made in Mauritius, Germany
9th Trienniale, India
MOBAA, Mauritius
Artists of the World – Save the Children, Mauritius
MOBAA Millenium exhibition, Mauritius
Abiko 2003, Japan
Latitude 2003, Paris, France
pARTage workshop 2004, Mauritius
2nd Biennale, China
Art in Mauritius, Mauritius
Springerin, Austria
3rd Biennale, China
Ties, Mauritius
Venice Biennial

Enri Kums (Henry Coombes)

b. Mauritius 1948.

Enri Kums (aka Henry Koombes/ Coombes) is an artist and illustrator. A self-taught artist, his artworks deal directly with themes of sexuality and death, with a strong homo-erotic focus.

Art Education


Self-educated

Exhibitions

2000 Millennium Exhibition, Mauritius
1998 Sequences 3, MOBAA Caudan Waterfront, Mauritius
1998 Art in the world, Paris
1998 Seychelles Biennale
1997 New Delhi Triennial, India
1997 African Suite, Convent of the Cordeliers, Paris France
1996 Novante Nova Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1996 Unparalleled at Kums, La Fabriks, Marseille, France
1996 L’Etoile Noire Salle Clément Ader, Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius1970 First exhibition, Max Boullé Gallery, Rose-
1993 Art Contemporain en Francophonie, Port-Louis, Mauritius
1993 Centre Wallonie, Bruxelle, Belgium & Paris, France1992 Esta Novo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1992 Maison Créole d’Eureka, Mauritius
1992 The Group of Nine, Port Louis, MauritiusHill, Mauritius
1989 Maison Créole d’Eureka, Mauritius1984 Cultural Center Charles Baudelaire, Rose-Hill, Mauritius
1988 Black Bull Gallery Fulham Road, London, UK
1986 Hélène de Senneville Gallery, Mauritius
1985 Cadre Noir, Reunion

Theatre

1995 Concours de Beats (with Dominic Larrivaz), Merlan Theater, Marseille, France
1995 Musical comedy Mokko, Whiting Theater, Marseille, France
1994 Musical comedy Mokko (sets, costume, actor), Port Louis Theater, Mauritius

Childrens books

1998-present Creator and illustrator a series of children’s books entitled The Adventures of Tikoulou

Sultana Haukim

b. 1974, Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius

Sultana Haukim’s paintings and installations focus on issues affecting women in society such as female identity, sexual abuse and the dowry system.

For the past few years my works have been focused on issues related to the life of women in our modern society. Being a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, I have experienced the inequalities and prejudices towards woman and have better understood the situation of woman in the world. My status as a female artist gives me the possibilities to express and explore this closer universe of women.

My work also addresses the social and psychological dimensions of women’s experience in contemporary societies. Issues about female identity, femininity, concepts of beauty, female genital mutilation, oppression, sexual abuse, abortion and the dowry system, are among the different issues that I have been analyzing in my artwork.

I use mannequins as a metaphor of the female body, being seen as an object to please. From lifeless and dumb, my intervention on them opens doors to various interpretations; colour, matter, out-cuts, assemblage, optical play are some of the ingredients which give the mannequins an alternative look to keep the eye alert and the mind awakened so as to create meaningful change for the future of women.

Art Education

2003 B.A (Hons) Fine Arts with Education, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius
1998 Teacher’s Diploma in Visual Arts, Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius

Group Exhibitions

2017 State House, Mauritius
2016 Porlwi by people Festival, Mauritius
2016 Metaform, Mauritius
2015 Porlwi by light Festival, Mauritius
2015 Bridge, Eco/ art Festival, Mauritius
2015 Mauritius Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
2014 Exhibition to commemorate the arrival of Indians in Mauritius, theme Glory of Bihar
2013 Expoesie, Saint Malo, France
2012 Performance night, Institut Francais de Maurice, Mauritius
2012 Thupelo International artists’ exhibition, Greatmore Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2011 International artists exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi, India
2011 Renaissance, Institut Francais de Maurice, Mauritius
2010 4th International Biennale of Beijing, China
2010 Festival L’Univert, Institut Francais de Maurice, Mauritius
2009 Dodo Project , pARTage Gallery, Mauritius
2009 African Artist’s Network Exhibition, Kenya
2008 International Artists exhibition, Theertha Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 East African Biennale , Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
2007 & 2011 Salon d’ete, SSR Art gallery, Port Louis, Mauritius
2006 All African Rotary Summit exhibition, Sugar Beach hotel, Mauritius
2005 Second Triennial of Contemporary Art of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius
2003-2017 Participation in the yearly Salon de Mai, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius
2002 First Triennial of Contemporary Art of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius

Residencies

2016 Tsukuba Artist in Residency, Father Sky, Mother Nature, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
2013 Thami Mynele Foundation Studio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 Residency/workshop with the French artist Veronique Bigo

Publications

Catalogue of Migration, Identity and Belongings, pARTage, 2017
Catalogue of 56th Biennale of Venice, Italy, 2015
Catalogue of Pavilion of Mauritius, From One Citizen You Gather an idea, 56th Biennale of Venice, 2015
Catalogue of ARTchipelogo, 2014
Catalogue Renaissance Exhibition, 2012
Catalogue of the Commemoration of the Battle of Vieux Grand-Port, 2010
Catalogue of the 4th International Biennale of Beijing, China, 2010
Catalogue of the 1st Salon D'été, 2007
Catalogue of East Africa Art 2007 Biennale
Catalogue of Salon de Mai, 2006
Catalogue of ARTerre, Landscape Workshop, Mauritius, 2006
Catalogue of Art for APRIM,(Parents’ association for the rehabilitation of mentally handicapped children)
Catalogue of Salon des Talents Prometteurs 96

Nirveda Alleck

b. 1975, Mauritius. Currently lives in Mauritius.

Nirveda Alleck is a multi-disciplinary artist who fuses public and personal situations to create works that unpack psychological notions of time, space, life and death.

Exhibitions


2014 Des hommes, des mondes, College des Bernardins, Paris, France.

2013: La Belle Peinture 2, Phoenix le Halles, Ile Maurice.
2013: Made in India, collaborative exhibition, Reunion Island.
2013: Select Works, solo at Angsana Balaclava, Mauritius.
2013: Still Fighting Ignorance and Intellectual Perfidy, Malmo Konsthall, SWEDEN and Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Marrakech Biennale Parallel projects 2014
2013: Art Warning the World, France.

2012: We Have Lost The Way, La Tour Koenig, Mauritius.
2012: Art Party- solo, Henessy Park Hotel, Mauritius.
2012: La Cinematheque Quebequoise, Canada.
2012: Dakart Biennale 2012, Senegal.

2011: One Color, Pfeister Gallery, Bornholm, Denmark.
2011: To Africanize is to Civilize, Silencio, Paris Photo OFF, France
2011: FAIVA Residency Exhibition, Mali
2011: ohannesburg Art Fair, South Africa.
2011: One Minutes Africa Awards, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo Egypt.
2011: FOCUS11 : Contemporary Art Africa, Art Basel, Switzerland.
2011: Open Studio, Omi International Art Centre, NY, USA.
2011: One Minutes Video Africa- Bamako, Mali.

2010: World Festival of Back Art International Exhibition, Dakar, Senegal.
2010: La Foire des Mascareignes, Reunion Island.
2010: The Landing of the Dodos Public Art Project, Mauritius.
2010: 200 yrs Grand Port Battle Commemorative Exhibition, Mauritius.
2010:: Dakart Biennale of Contemporary Art, Senegal.

2009: Biennale Arts Actuels, Reunion Island.
2009: Vieme Jeux de la Francophonie, (Francophonie Games) Painting Exhibition, Lebanon.
2009: Indian Diaspora International Exhibition, Mauritius.
2009: Pan-African Art Festival, Algeria.

2008: Anniversary Raffle, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa.
2008: INTERLACE- Drawing Connections between SA, Finland and Mauritius, IMAAYA Gallery,                             Mauritius.

2008: House Games, Jyvaskula, Finland.
2008: Tulipamwe International Artists Exhibition, Goethe Centre, Namibia.
2008: Imaaya Exhibition, Imaaya Gallery, Mauritius.
2008: Omada, Live video performance, Mauritius.

2007: International Urban Workshop Exhibition, Thupelo, Cape Town, South Africa.
2007: Présent Immobile, Solo Show at La Citadelle, Mauritius.
2007: Liberté D’expression, Right Now ! Exhibition, IBL Gallery, Mauritius.
2007: International Women’s Exhibition, MGI Gallery, Mauritius.

2006 Resident Artists Exhibition, Bag Factory Fordsburg Artists studios, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2005: 2nd Triennale of Contemporary Art, Mauritius
2005: ESTAFAB, 2nd East Africa Biennale, Tanzania
2005: Salon de Mai, Moka, Mauritius
2005: International Painters Exhibition, Chitrakala Parishek, Bangalore, India
2005: 11th Triennale India, New Delhi, India

2004: Duad- solo show, Max Boullé Gallery, Mauritius

2003: Pond, Group Exhibition, Cochrane Street, Glasgow, Scotland

2001: Diplomatic Immunity, Hunter College, Times Square Gallery, New York, USA.

1999: Glasgow Art Fair, St Georges Square, Scotland
1999: Interim Show, Glasgow School Of Art, Scotland

1998: 6th Biennial Of Contemporary Art, Seychelles

Zilch And All, Solo Show, Max Boullé Gallery, Mauritius

1997: Michaelis School Of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition, Cape Town, South Africa
Preface, Centre For African Studies Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa Members Exhibition, Ava                                           Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Exhibition Screenings

2006 and 2007: Femlink International Video Collage, travelling exhibition.
Lebanon, Beyrouth, “Les Instants Video” with Shams,
France, Paris, Mairie du IXeme,
Mexico, 6DOF, Puebla, Cultural Centre La Cloaco,
Croatia, Pula, Pula Film Festival,
Greece, Athens Video Art Festival,
USA, Cambridge Massachusetts, Cyber Arts Night Vision Festival,
France, Cachan, Espace Dialogos, Orangerie,
Argentina, Buenos Aires Centro Cultural San Martin, Cultural Media and Art,
Macedonia, Skopje, Mala Stanica multimedia centre in collaboration with Lokomotiva,                                    Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture,
Germany, Berlin, Directors Lounge, Contemporary Media and Art,
Netherlands, Eindhoven, Temporary Art Centre,
Canada, Quebec, Centre Videofemmes,
Spain, Barcelona, Loop Festival,
USA, Fitchburg State College.
France, Paris, Nuit Blanche, La Bellevilloise,
Scotland, Edinburgh: European Biennale of Contemporary Art,
France, Paris, Internat, Jeune Creation Exhibition of Contemporary Art,
Lithuania, Kaunas, European Biennale of Contemporary Art,
Poland, Varsovie, European Beinnale of Contemporary Art,
France, Mende, European Biennale of Contemporary Art,
Uruguay, Montevideo, Foundation of Contemporary Art FAC.
Indonesia, Teater Utan Kayu,
France, Nimes: Biennale Europeenne d’Art Contemporain,
Indonesia, Bandung, Cinematic Lab

Filmography and Video Works

2001: Gist, Video installation, Scotland
2004: Counter Currents, Synchronised video work, Mauritius
2005: Ravinal Man, 17 min film, Funded by Mauritius Film Development Corporation
2006: Perfect Match, Video Performance- looped, Mauritius
2006: Power, Soweto. Video work 20 min looped, Johannesburg SA
2007: Histories, Documentary on Freedom of Expression, commissioned by Right Now! Association,                   Mauritius.
2007: Tragedy of a swing and a chair- for Femlink International, 2 min video.
2008: Omada Video performance, 8 min music and dance video, Mauritius
2009: Ephemeral, Biennale Art Actuels, 8min video
2011: The return, video Art, 2 mins, commissioned by One Minutes Africa
2011: one color, video art, 3min
2011: L’Offrande, video Art, nominated for One Minutes Africa Prize
2011: They spoke different tongues, 15 min 2 channel video, Mali
Art OMI Alumni, GSA Alumni, UCT Alumni

Collections and Commissions

Azuri, Mauritius
Ministry of Arts and Culture, Mauritius
Okombahe Community, Namibia
Lalit Kala Akademi, India
Reinsurance Consultants, Mauritius & SA
Holcim Cements, Mauritius
Shields Mural Project, Peugeot Centre, Glasgow Scotland
Church House, Bridgeton, Glasgow Scotland
UCATT (Workers Union) March Banner, Scotland
Isle of Arran Distillers, Scotland
J.D.Weatherspoons Ltd, Glasgow and Edinburgh Branches, Scotland
Hannibal (historic documentary), Channel 5, Wark Clements Productions, Scotland
Citigate Scotland
Mc Cabe Contemporary Art (Cecily Getty), Cape Town, South Africa
Independent Outdoor Media, South Africa

Catalogues

2012: Dakar Biennale Catalogue
2011: Joburg Art Fair Catalogue
2011: Migrant C Catalogue, Joburg Art Fair
2011: Fanzines by Focus Contemporary African Art
2010: Dakart Biennale Catalogue
2009: Biennale Arts Actuels Catalogue, Reunion Island
2009: Francophonie Games Art and Culture Catalogue, Lebanon
2009: 2nd PanAfrican Festival Catalogue, Algeria.
2009: Indian Diaspora International Exhibition Catalogue.
2007: International Urban Workshop Exhibition, Thupelo, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
2007: Présent Immobile, La Citadelle, Mauritius
2007: Art in Mauritius by Hans Ramduth, MGI Publication, Mauritius.
2007: National Art Gallery, 1st Salon d’Ete Catalogue, Mauritius.
2006: Bag Factory Resident Exhibition Catalogue. www.bagfactoryart.org.za
2005: 11th Triennale India Catalogue
2005: Estafab Catalogue 2005 Tanzania
2005: National Art Gallery Mauritius website: www.nagmauritius.org
2001: Diplomatic Immunity Catalogue, UK in New York Festival
1998: “24 Artworks by selected South African Artists”, McCabe Gallery Publication, South Africa.

Awards and Prizes

2012: Cultural Leadership Training, at the African Arts Institute of South Africa, EU/AFAI funded.
2012: Recipient of Emma Award by Bank One, for Arts and Culture, Mauritius.

2011: Nominated for FNB Art Prize at Joburg Art Fair
2011: Nominated For One Minutes Africa 2011, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
2011: Francis J Greenburger Fellowship at Omi International Arts Centre
2011: Recipient of International Grant for Artist Scheme, Ministry of Arts and Culture Mauritius

2010: Laureate at Dakar Biennale 2010, Soleil d’Afrique Prize

2008: Sponsored by HIVOS to take part in Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop and Exhibition Namibia

2004: Selected for ‘1er Fond D’Aide au Développement du Film’, Mauritius Film Development Corporation

1999: School of Fine Art Postgraduate Scholarship, Glasgow School of Art

1998: Most Promising Young Artist Award, Seychelles Biennial of Contemporary Art

1997: Dean’s Merit List, University of Cape Town

1994: Edward Louis Ladan Bursary offered by the University of Cape Town

Residencies and Workshops

2011:                  Soleil D’Afrique Organization Residency (October 2011), Bamako, MALI
Omi International Artists Residency,Ghent, New York, USA
One Minutes Africa workshop, Bamako, MALI
2009:                Biennale Arts Actuels Residency, Reunion Island, French Territory
2009:                Vieme Francophonie Games Painting Workshop, Beirut, Lebanon.
2009:                Indian Diaspora International Workshop, Mauritius.
2008:                Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop, Namibia
2007:                Artist in Residence, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
2007:                Thupelo International Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa
2006:                 Artist in Residence, Bag Factory Fordsburg Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2005:                 International Painters Camp, Chitrakala Parishek, Bangalore, India
2004:                Scriptwriting workshop with Mama Keita, MFDC Mauritius
2001-2002:    Artist in Residence, St Patrick’s Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland

Other Projects

Chair of Arterial Network Mauritius Chapter
The Landing of The Dodos public art project
Establishment of migrant-C, Mauritius Indian Ocean Artists Collective

Professional Experience

2013: Visiting Lecturer in Experimental Video, MA Visual Art and BA Digital Arts, University of Mauritius.
2012: One Day Create, outdoors Creative Art Classes, Mauritius
2012: Visiting lecturer in Art Theory at Mahatma Gandhi Institute, University of Mauritius (Critical                       Issues on Contemporary Art)
2011: Arts Consultant at Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, Mauritius
2008- 2009: Lecturer, Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius
2006: Visiting Lecturer, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, University of Mauritius. (Painting)
2004 - 2008 Education Officer, Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Mauritius.
1998-1999: Community Arts Teacher, Coatbrigde Community Centre, Glasgow, Scotland

Education

2001 Master of Fine Art (MFA), Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

1997 Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts (Hons.), First Class, University of Cape Town, SA