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VCU’s Department of Photography and Film‘s Sonali Gulati, associate professor, has received a 2012 Creative Capital grant in Film/Video for work on a nontraditional documentary uncovering the underground medical industry of “curing” homosexuality in India.
Creative Capital is a premier provider of risk capital in the arts. In the past year, Creative Capital has re-invigorated its grantmaking process to emphasize the importance of risk-taking: taking chances on projects that are singularly bold, innovative, genre-stretching and of this moment; ideas of scope and ambition expressed through audacious combinations of form and content; varied projects that engage or even create new technologies; and works that take traditional approaches into new territories, teaching us something new about the world and ourselves.
“With this new class of 2012 grantees, we are thrilled to support work that is highly contemporary, daring, delightful and complex—work that astonishes with the richness of its ideas,” commented Ruby Lerner, Creative Capital’s President & Executive Director. “Creative Capital continually aims to support the latest thinking in the field, and this year’s grantees push the boundaries of visual arts, film and video.”
The artists’ projects and their subjects reflect a wide geographic focus, such as collaborative performances and workshops with artists in Israel and Cairo, multidisciplinary works based on experiences of Chinese youth culture and Iranian dissidents, and numerous socially-engaged works that grow out of relationships with specific communities, towns and regions across the U.S. The 2012 grantees’ bold and genre-stretching projects also incorporate an incredible variety of unconventional media, from contemporary versions of early animation techniques and re-interpretations of craft traditions to short films accompanied by a fragrance line and visual art projects that engage new technologies.
Creative Capital received a total of 3,247 submissions from artists in all 50 states for the 2012 grants in Visual Arts and Film/Video. Over the course of nine months, nearly 100 arts professionals and artists from across the country served as readers, evaluators and panelists to review the submissions and select the 46 projects from the 2012 class of grantees.