The Focus India Contemporary Art Society exists to encourage an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art by a wide audience and to donate works by important and new artists to museums and public galleries across the whole world.
FICAS defines contemporary art as the work of artists who are living in the twenty-first century. Contemporary art mirrors contemporary culture and society, offering teachers, students, and general audiences a rich resource through which to consider current ideas and rethink the familiar.
The work of contemporary artists is a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that challenge traditional boundaries and defy easy definition. Diverse and eclectic, contemporary art is distinguished by the very lack of a uniform organizing principle, ideology, or -ism. In a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world, contemporary artists give voice to the varied and changing cultural landscape of identities, values, and beliefs.
Audiences play an active role in the process of constructing meaning about works of art. Some artists say that the viewer contributes to or even completes the artwork by offering his or her personal reflections, experiences, opinions, and interpretations. One of the cornerstones of FICAS's philosophy is to allow artists to present their work in their own words and to encourage viewers to consider, react, and respond to visual art.
Curiosity, openness, and dialogue are the most important tools for engaging with works of art. Instead of questioning whether an artwork is good or bad, the study of contemporary art requires an open-ended methodology and an inquiry-based approach. Asking questions that ignite discussion and stimulate debate is an important first step toward appreciating and interpreting works of art that can defy expectation, may provoke strong responses, or contradict personal beliefs or societal values.
Bringing contemporary art into schools and communities enables educators to promote curiosity, encourage dialogue, and initiate debate about the world and the issues that affect our lives. FICAS serves as creative role models, who can inspire people of all ages to consider how ideas are developed, articulated, and realized in the contemporary world, offering educators opportunities to support diverse learning styles.Contemporary artists address both current events and historical ideas. These references help educators and students make connections across their curriculum and support interdisciplinary thinking. As artists continue to explore and employ new technologies and media, the work they create encourages media literacy in an increasingly media-saturated society. FICAS enables students to understand that contemporary art is part of a cultural dialogue that concerns larger frameworks, such as ideas about beauty, personal and cultural identity, family, community, and nationality.
Art is a meaning-maker and a driver of social change. Art reveals the invisible, what we did not know we needed to see.
Yet the challenges of making a living out of art are rarely revealed.
Low incomes, flexible working conditions, limited training opportunities, health risks and social insecurity are only a few pieces of the gloomy puzzle of the artist's existence. In addition, art is often kept beyond the concept of professional and is not universally regarded as a job.
We keep trying to win the battle, but what if we attempt changing the rules of the game?
FOCUS INDIA CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS SOCIETY will be a place for reflecting on how we can reshape the reality we are embedded in. We will be also searching for new ways of resilient cooperation and imagining what is to be a fair status for the artist.
FICAS is one of the best-known cultural networks. Formed in 2015 and with over thousand members, FICAS' purpose is "to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment". The network brings together a great diversity of independent and multi-disciplinary cultural centers. FICAS is an active network, offering professional development and exchange programmes and initiating a wide range of projects for and with its members. It's aim is to "put heritage and its benefits in the mainstream of public consciousness and to making heritage a priority for public relations both at European and national levels". It is a sole made society not derived from any other artist group from any other country, their main focus is to develop and promote art and cultural of any parts of country of the world.
We need new ideas, we need new ways of doing things and we need a whole new way of approaching each other with much more empathy and understanding. This means that the rest of society really needs to focus on the world of art and culture as a vital source for not only solutions, but also ways of finding solutions… and a whole knew concept of what a valuable life really means."
was created to help younger artists participate in the cultural development of societies in global transition. I believe artists can show our world of tomorrow better than politicians and analysts".
On this exhibition we are trying to do a novel work through some social welfare, met with artists to work on their relationship with art and Society.
More and more people are coming to the realisation that we are reaching the limits of our planet's capacity to support us. Our wellbeing is declining and inequality is rising, which is fuelling conflict, mass migration, poverty and many other social problems. We need to act fast if we are to find new economic and social paradigms that recognise the limits of our finite planet and enable all people to flourish.
Can we transition the values of our society and economy within a generation? Well we need to give it our best shot, armed with insight into what makes a real difference. Our customs, behaviors, and values are byproducts of our culture. No one is born with greed, prejudice, bigotry and hatred; these are all learned behaviours. We need to find more and better ways to learn from and understand each other, disrupt vested interests and imagine and create more sustainable ways of living.
Art and culture's core practice is one of the most participative, dynamic and social forms of human behaviour. It has the capacity to trigger reflection, generate empathy, create dialogue and foster new ideas and relationships and offers a powerful and democratic way of expressing, sharing and shaping values. It can help us build new capabilities and understand how to imagine and rehearse a different way of being and relating. It can enable us to design useful and meaningful things and is increasingly the basis of livelihoods and enterprises that are motivated by much more than profit.
But to fully release this potential, we need to deepen our understanding of how arts impact on our values and rethink how and why we value art. Our values represent our guiding principles, our broadest motivations, influencing the attitudes we hold and how we act. They shape the way we look at and understand the world and the mental structures that order our ideas. They are the frame through which we construct the stories that we tell ourselves and others about what is important?