BlueJackal is a platform for engaging with and creating visual narratives, comics, picture books and initiating dialogue and learning within these contexts through interactive programs. It is run by three core members, Shivangi Singh, Shefalee Jain and Lokesh Khodke. Vasvi Oza was also part of initiating as well as running BlueJackal till June 2019.
BlueJackal was born in 2015 of a desire for, as well as the ever receding possibility of, togetherness. We see coming together with all its temporariness, contradictoriness, conflict as well as possibilities. As writers, artists, researchers we have often felt compelled by and yet wary of what constitutes the 'limits' or the defining borders of our callings. We have realized both, the need to draw these strategic boundaries and the will to dissolve them. BlueJackal is a platform for exploring this conundrum in its creative, political and philosophical dimensions. We are interested in seeing what 'contamination' and 'cross breeding' through unforeseen associations can bring to this platform.
BlueJackal is always looking for interesting projects and collaborations around picture books, comics and visual narratives. If you have an idea, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shivangi Singh is an artist based in New Delhi, India. She has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from College of Art, Delhi and studied Masters in Visual Arts from School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has interned as an illustrator for children books with Eklavya Foundation, a publication house in Bhopal in 2014 and has contributed in their three magazines Chakmak, Sandarbh and Srote. Her interests include illustration, curation and education. Between 2015-17 she worked at The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), a not-for-profit arts organisation in Delhi and was responsible for developing, archiving and coordinating their annual educational programmes, grants and workshops. She has curated two exhibitions, Impulses in Drawing (2015) and At the turn of a Page (2016) at Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi and was part of the curatorial team at the gallery. She has co-curated a two part show, stutter in your eloquence at BC Gallery, Kochi (2014) and stutter in your eloquence II at Ambedkar University, Delhi (2015) with Aruna Rao, Aryakrishnan Ramakrishnan and Karthik KG. Since 2017 she has been working on a documentation project with Riyaaz (an academy of illlustration in Hoshangabad) and freelancing on research and illustration projects. You can see her work at her website.
Shefalee Jain is an artist based in New Delhi, India. She is also currently teaching as Assistant Professor at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University(AUD), Delhi. Her research interests lie in the area of visual culture, particularly in the study of the processes of othering and pathologization of bodies as well as the continuous re iteration and construction of the ‘normal body’ within various contexts such as modern medicine, advertisement, education and language. As an artist, her practice explores this area through her creative work that addresses these issues and as a pedagogue, this enquiry informs the courses she offers.Her first solo exhibition titled Painting Dis-ease was held at The Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U., Baroda, India in Feb. 2012 and her second solo titled Landscape and Fall was held at the Ambedkar University Delhi in Feb. 2018. She was in New York as an Apexart fellow for the month of June 2015. Shefalee has been a contributor to Chakmak, a children’s magazine published by Eklavya Publications, Bhopal, India. She has jointly illustrated (with Lokesh Khodke) Mother, a poem by Kancha Illiah, as part of a project, Different Tales: Stories from Marginal Cultures and Regional Languages (conducted by Anveshi research centre for women’s studies, Hyderabad, India) The book is published as part of a series, by DC books and Mango, Kottayam ,Kerela, India 2008. She is also the author and illustrator of a children’s book Ten, published by Tulika Publishers, India. You can see her work on her website.
Lokesh Khodke is an independent artist, illustrator based in New Delhi, India. He has worked as Project Coordinator for 'Writing Art' of Asia Art Archive http://www.aaa.org.hk/Programme/Details/757 (June 2014 - Nov 2016). His solo exhibition was held in 2009 at the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai. He has participated in several group exhibitions, artists’ camps and artists’ residency programs in India and overseas. He has completed his Masters of Visual Arts (Painting), from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda in 2004. As part of his wider interests, Lokesh has worked for children’s books as an illustrator with publications such as Aam Ke Sir Pe’(Hindi) written by Susheel Joshi, published by Eklavya Publications, Bhopal, 2015, Oont Ka Phool (Hindi) written by Prabhat, published by Eklavya publications, 2015, Mother written by Kancha Ilaiah and co illustrated with Shefalee Jain, as part of a project Different Tales: Stories from Marginal Cultures and Regional Languages(Kottayam: DC Books, 2008). He has also contributed to the Hindi children’s magazine Chakmak produced by Eklavya Publications. Images of his artworks have been published in Articulating Resistance- Art and Activism, edited by Prof. Shivaji Panikkar & Prof. Deeptha Achar, Tulika Books, 2012. His works were published in the South Asian magazine Himal- special issue on caste, April 2010.
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