Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Praneet Soi
Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon, Portugal) received a Grant International Presentations for the production and presentation of Praneet Soi’s solo exhibition Third Factory. Kashmir to Lisbon via Caldas. For the presentation in the Gulbenkian Museum, Soi will make various connections between the collection of the museum and his own practice. He created an installation in collaboration with the Vista Alegre ceramic factory. For this installation, he made a replica of a 500-year-old ceramic tile, which lay on a tomb in the ancient city of Srinagar in Kashmir.
This enigmatic blue ceramic tile situated on the mausoleum of Miran Zain, the mother of the 8thSultan of Kashmir Zain-Ul-Abedin (1420-1470), was the starting point for this solo installation. Situated on the banks of the river Jhelum in Srinagar, the mausoleum dates to 1430. This tile was replicated at the Bordallo Pinheiro Ceramic Factory. The period of fabrication, starting from the modelling of the tiles to their eventual placement in the kiln, provided Soi with an alibi for observing the workers and the industrial processes employed.
The exhibition is presented until 1 October 2018.