Dr. Annapurna Garimella is a Delhi-based designer and an art historian. Her research focuses on late medieval Indic architecture and the history and practices of vernacular art forms in India after Independence. She heads Jackfruit Research and Design, an organization with a specialized portfolio of design, research, and curation. Jackfruit’s recent curatorial projects include Vernacular, in the Contemporary (Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi), Faith: Manu Parekh in Benaras 1980-2012 (Art Alive, New Delhi), Drawing 2014 (Gallery Espace, New Delhi), Mutable: Ceramic and Clay Art in India Since 1947 (Piramal Museum of Art, 2017), and Barefoot College of Craft in Goa (Serendipity Arts Festival, 2017). Her most recent book is about a collaboration between a Rajasthani miniature painter and an expatriate American photographer and is titled The Artful Life of R. Vijay (Serindia, 2016). In 2017, she was awarded the India Today Emerging Curator of the Year Award. Garimella is also the Founder and Managing Trustee of Art, Resources, and Teaching Trust, a not-for-profit organization that runs a public art library, conducts independent research projects, and does teaching and advisement for college and university students and the general public. Since 2004, she has led ten AIA Tours in India to excellent traveler reviews, including five tours of southern India similar to this one.
January 26 - February 12, 2020