‘An Ocean in Every Drop’ – A conversation with artists Daniel Otero Torres, Fatima Uzdenova and Karan Shrestha

To mark the opening of  ‘An Ocean in Every Drop’, join us for a conversation with exhibition artists Daniel Otero Torres, Fatima Uzdenova, Karan Shrestha and exhibition curators Rahul Gudipudi and Nora Razian.

‘An Ocean in Every Drop’ brings together works from around the globe that explore human relationships to water through myth, spirituality, folk traditions and lived experiences.

The conversation will focus on the research and thinking behind each artist’s work as well as  engage with the broader thematics of the exhibition. Fatima Uzdenova will talk about the process behind her commissioned works that connect to Sufi traditions of meditation and contemplation with water. Daniel Otero Torres will share the research and broader context behind his monumental installation Lluvia, which celebrates the ingenuity of vernacular architecture created by the Embera community in the Choco region of Colombia. Karan Shrestha’s multi-faceted works look at the changes in relationships and access to water in Nepal brought about through development projects and the privatization of infrastructure.

RSVP required. Attendees are welcome to stay after the talk for a preview of the exhibition, 7-8pm.


Daniel Otero Torres. b.1985 Lives and works in Paris, France.

Daniel’s works have been exhibited in numerous institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2021-2022); Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany (2022); Drawing Lab Paris (2021); the MACAAL, Marrakech, Morocco (2020); the Espacio 23 of the Jorge Perez Collection, Miami (2019); La Tôlerie, Clermont Ferrand, France (2019); FLAX Foundation, Los Angeles (2019); Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain MRAC Sérignan, France, including his solo exhibition (Dé)placements (2017) and the collective show Bandes à part (2018); Contemporary Art Centre of Villeurbanne, Rhône-Alpes, France (2016); Kunstverein Sparkasse, Leipzig, Germany (2014); Heidelberg Kunstverein, Germany (2011); and the Bullukian Foundation, Lyon, France (2010), among others. Most recently he has exhibited in Manifesto of fragility: the 16th Lyon Biennale, France (2022).

Fatima Uzdenova. b.1978 Lives and works in Dubai, UAE.

Fatima holds a MA Sculpture degree from the Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom. She is alumna of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF), in partnership with Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, United States of America. Selected exhibitions include: ‘The Last Equestrian Portrait’ (2018) at Spring/Break Art Show, NYC, USA; ‘Table Manners’ (2018) at Chalton Gallery, London, UK; ‘Re: Over everything which exists under the sky’ (2019) at Gasworks, London, UK. Uzdenova is a recipient of the inaugural Al Burda Endowment from the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development (MCKD), UAE; ‘Staple: what’s on your plate?’ at Hayy Jameel, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Karan Shrestha. b.1985 Lives and works in Nepal and India.

Karan Shrestha’s practice incorporates drawings, sculpture, photography, text, film and video that speak to the complex, entangled relations of Nepal’s recent history. Shrestha presents projects that are a synthesis of an archive of the terrain, political histories, transient memories and a speculative world that suspends reality, probing all the while at the fraught rhetoric of progress that is constantly pitted as the only way forward.  Shrestha has shown work at the Kathmandu Triennale 2020 (2022); Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2022); Mardin Biennale (2022); Museo Madre, Naples (2021); 10thAsia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane (2021); Dhaka Art Summit (2020) among others.



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