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TAKE on art, the leading art magazine in India published bi-annually from New Delhi since 2009, comprehensively covers, reports and critiques art and cultural events from India and abroad. Led by Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Bhavna Kakar, TAKE follows a critical approach to the larger discourse on art through curated issues with contributions by leading writers and critics from across the globe. The magazine has been invested in sustaining critical writing practices in India not just through its own capacity as a publication but also by organising initiatives that try to generate discourse, and keep conversations alive. In the past, the publication has organised writing workshops under the TAKE on Writing series as well as hosted the TAKE TALK series. Significant projects in this direction include TAKE on Residency, in collaboration with IFA at 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore in 2013, TAKE on Writing, Critic-Community: Contemporary Art Writing at Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Goa in 2014 and more recently, Take on Writing - Critical Writing Ensemble (CWE) Baroda Chapter at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda in December 2015 and the CWE Dhaka Chapter, conceptualised by Katya Garcia Anton, in collaboration with OCA, Norway at the Dhaka Art Summit in 2016 supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. The most recent TAKE on Writing initiatives included The Book – The New Writing Group, a workshop led by Chus Martínez and Ingo Niermann supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council and The Book – Ensemble, both held in New Delhi in December 2016. The magazine has travelled internationally to events such as Art Basel, Art Basel HK, Art Basel Miami, Dhaka Art Summit and Asia Triennale Manchester, as well as collaborated with landmark events locally such as Experimenter Curator's Hub (2011 - 2016), Insert 2014, Sarai Reader 09: Episode 1, 2 and 3, Amrita Sher-Gil National Art Week and Delhi Photo Festival.
"The current issue of TAKE proposes a careful examination of the myth-lore and utopias with the view to excavate disused frames and imaginative designs that would help us build a metaphorical ark preparatory for the times of ecological turbulence that lies ahead. This has translated into an anthology of experimental/utopian writings seeking to revise and ethicise the existing relational configuration between the human and the more-than-human with a specific focus on the ‘botanies of desire’ and dietetics. The modern kitchen — how we think of kitchens, what they do, and how we can reconceive their role, and the role they play in bringing people together — is constantly being revisited in contemporary cultural and artistic practice. Food has become a hotly contested discursive entity in the current geopolitics — from the homogenising rhetoric leveled at the European Federation of Food Banks to the hegemonising politics of the biotechnology giants like Monsanto. As a consequence, food and botany are the two domains that this issue of TAKE undertakes to investigate in order to churn novel ways of thinking about ecology." - Editorial Excerpt by Bhavna Kakar With contributions by Adwait Singh | AES+F | Ana María Bresciani | Ashish Kothari | Bhavna Kakar | Bronislaw Szerszynski | Chloé Wolifson | Chus Martínez | D. Graham Burnett | Elin Már Øyen Vister | Fernanda Garcia | Gopal Mirchandani | Gopika Nath | Gulammohammed Sheikh | Heather Davis | Himanshu Kadam | John Xaviers | Jyothidas K. V. | Kamayani Sharma | Katharina Domscheit-D’souza | Liv Bugge | Manisha Gera Baswani | Mario D'Souza | Nabil Ahmed | Owais Husain | Paroma Maiti | Radhika Mulay | Ramya Sharma | Ravi Agarwal | Rita Datta | Ritika Kochhar | Sasha Engelmann | Stefanie Hessler | Sugata Ray | SymbioticA (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr) | T. J. Demos | Tausif Noor | The Center for Genomic Gastronomy (Zack Denfeld and Cathrine Kramer) | Tomás Saraceno | Wood Roberdeau