Public Arts Trust of India X Prameya Art Foundation Residency

Residency brief

Public Arts Trust of India (PATI) is dedicated to promoting and supporting cultural practitioners who research on the heritage and history of Jaipur and Jodhpur. Prameya Art Foundation (PRAF) is a not-for-profit initiative to support emerging artists and curators, as well as to encourage experimental practices and trans-disciplinary collaborations in South Asia. This joint residency programme - located in one of the most emblematic cities of Rajasthan - will allow the artist to engage with local artisans for collaborating on commissioned artwork. The project developed throughout the residency will later be exhibited at the first edition of Jodhpur Art Week in 2024.

Hosted at the magnificent heritage haveli located in the heart of the walled city, the resident will engage in and explore the tumultuous history and mythology of Jodhpur, through its oral and material traditions. To this end, the resident will be connected to PATI’s extensive network of artisans, which includes jewellers, tie-and-dye artists, textile designers, lacquer bangle makers, perfumers, women’s empowerment groups (specialising in weaving and embroidery), stone carvers, metal artists, miniature painters.

  • Thematic focus Arts & Crafts
  • LocationJodhpur (Rajasthan)
  • Dates April 2024
  • Length of stay 1 month

Our Space

RAAS Hotel & JDH Haveli, Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

Located in the walled city’s vibrant north-eastern quarter, RAAS Jodhpur is based around an original 18th-century haveli. Echoes of Rajput architecture can be found throughout, from intricately-carved stone panels to antique shrines to the surviving arches from the stables. RAAS Jodhpur is overlooked by Mehrangarh, an awe-inspiring 15th-century fort looming 400 feet above the Jodhpur skyline.

Our Laureates

Deborah Fischer Plastician

The blue walls of Jodhpur have become emblematic of the city's identity. My research project, if not a quest, entitled The Whisperers, looks at their characteristics and meanings in the urban landscape. From embroidery to weaving, from metal to stone, from touch to smell, The Whisperers will explore the themes of repair and time, with a sociological and poetic approach.

Born in 1992, Deborah Fischer is a visual artist who graduated from ENSAAMA in textile design (2014) and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2019). She is developing a work in sculpture, installation and performance in the public space. For several years now, she has been collecting "almost nothing" items that have outlived their usefulness but retain a plastic and emotional charge. Like an urban alchemist, she forces objects together through a combination of materials, a long process of assembly and composition. By building up her own archaeology of the present, as close as possible to the contemporary issues of our society, she also tries to detect the spirit of a place and to create from what it tells us. In 2023, she will be exhibiting at the 19M and the Fondation Bullukian, and will be a resident of the Weiss Endowment Fund. She will be an artist-researcher at the Collège des Bernardins, in partnership with AgroParisTech, from 2021 to 2022, and she has been nominated for the Prix Dauphine pour l'Art Contemporain 2021