4th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:
Date: Monday March 16, 2015
Venue: 1/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M1052 Screening Theatre
Title: “You can’t afford to have emotions out there…”
Speaker: Baptist Coelho
Abstract: Since April 13, 1984, the endless conflict between India and Pakistan over the ownership of the Siachen Glacier has been fought at an altitude of around 18,000 feet, which is the highest battlefield on earth. Bitter cold temperatures reaching to -60° Celsius make living conditions unbearable for the soldiers. “You can’t afford to have emotions out there…”. The project focuses on the life of the soldier; not as a machine of war but as a man coping with the day to day complexities of conflict; a soldier with emotions and vulnerabilities like any other human being.
About the speaker: Baptist Coelho’s projects frequently merge personal research with collaborations from various cultures, geographies and histories. He incorporates various media such as installation, video, audio, photography, performance and found objects.
Coelho received his Masters of Arts from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, BIAD, UK (2006). He was awarded the ‘Façade Video Award’ (2011) by Art Today Association, Bulgaria; ‘Promising Artist Award’ (2007) by Art India & India Habitat Centre, Delhi and ‘Johnson Prize Fund’ (2006) by BIAD, UK. Solo Exhibitions include Pump House Gallery, London (2012); Grand Palais, Bern, (2009); Project 88, Mumbai (2009); Visual Arts Gallery, Delhi (2009) and BIAD, UK (2006). Coelho has exhibited worldwide in museums, galleries and film screenings. He has also participated in various artist residencies; conducted workshops, artist talks and panel discussions in Asia, Europe and South Africa.In May 2015, he will have a solo exhibition at the Ladakh Arts and Media Organization in Leh, Inida. Baptist is the 2015-16 Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India.