CONTEMPORARY ONE WORD SEVERAL WORLDS

jeudi 13 décembre 2018

We need to get back our diversity: Kochi-Muziris Biennale curator Anita Dubey By Trisha Mukherjee

Source The Hans India
She wants to make a point -- that there is no hierarchy in art. “What I have tried to do is to mix up all kinds of styles and languages. There is no hierarchy. None at all. I am not taking contemporary art as top of the hierarchy. I am not letting its aesthetics overpower,” Dube said. The works by B V Suresh, and Durgabai and Subhash Shyam are among the 95 Indian and international artist projects, being showcased at the Biennale. Also lined up is an exciting set of ancillary events, including talks, presentations and discussions by artists and thinkers, film screenings as well as the Music of Muziris concert series featuring artists like the Three Seas Project, T M Krishna, Imphal Talkies, and Insurrections Ensemble among others.
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mardi 11 décembre 2018

The 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale Begins


Source Blouin Art Info by Archana Khare-Ghose
The fourth edition is curated by Anita Dube, regarded as one of India’s most thought-provoking artists, on the theme “Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life.” Talking about the response of the artists to the current global socio-political situation, Dube said, “Artists often respond to social and political issues as they unfold, with care and with time. I think this is a crucial understanding both for those who make art and those who consume it — not to expect quick, reactionary responses, but to allow for wellconsidered, organic approaches to happenings in the social sphere.” She added many artists have also come together for social causes, including help for Kerala communities affected by the devastating monsoon floods in August, which displaced one million people. Krishnamachari said that many artists showing at the Biennale have reacted to this and other issues through their art. He cited Ai Wei Wei and JR, who responded to the migration issue by creating major works in public spaces Greece and the Mexican border, respectively; the L.A.-based artist Claire Salvo, who was inspired by the #MeToo campaign for a stippling portrait series called ME:WE; and the work of the Guerrilla Girls.
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dimanche 9 décembre 2018

New film on Jangarh Singh Shyam

Music in the dots: Jangarh Singh Shyam and the mythic dimensions of his work


Source The Sunday Guardian by Bhumika Poplin
Artist Jangarh Singh Shyam was only 40 when he reportedly committed suicide in 2001. A new retrospective of his work is now on view at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in Delhi, celebrating this short but remarkable life. Jangarh was truly a prodigy. He was making art since childhood and decorated the walls of his hut with paintings. His images have the capacity to pull the viewer into the art, because he himself was completely immersed in his works. He once said, “The first time I dipped my brush in bright poster colours in Bhopal, tremors went through my body.” This was the time he joined Bharat Bhavan at the invitation of his mentor Swaminathan.
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vendredi 7 décembre 2018

Connecting Threads: Exhibition traces textile histories and practices in contemporary Indian art


Source Firstpost
Anita Dube's 'Ah (a sigh)' (left); 'Silence (Blood Wedding)', 1999, Bones covered in red velvet with beading and lace. From the collection of Devi Art Foundation (centre); and Pushpamalan N's 'Triptych' from the Bombay Photo Studio series (right). It is one of the installations at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum's latest exhibition titled ‘Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice’, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Puja Vaish. All Image Courtesy: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.
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Anita Dube in Conversation


Source Ocula by Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi
The process of constructing the Biennale was driven by wonderful conversations with artists whose work I have admired for a long time; with artists I encountered during my travels; with my curatorial team; with the [Kochi Biennale] Foundation, and with the huge production apparatus. Without dialogue, solidarity is impossible. This has been the key lesson for me, and the curatorial frame slowly emerged from this process. The project involves a vast array of artists whose practices and backgrounds are connected by threads and narratives that run through the exhibition. What emerges are fragments: groupings of artists that enable a particular thread of the polyphony of the Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life to be teased out. Propositions and ruptures are also laid out within the architecture of the sites, like the unfolding of a musical score.
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Fighting Climate Change, With Art And Saris


Source The Establishment by Ambika Samarthya-Howard
I was filming Jalobayu (climate in Bengali), Monica Jahan Bose’s collective performance piece, at Select Art Fair in Miami Beach. The performance started indoors with a group of women who all quietly carried 216 feet of sari to a ritual site outside on the beach. After a series of symbolic activities on the sand, Bose eventually wraps herself in a red sari and enters and battles the ocean in a breathtaking statement on climate change. Bose uses the sari—18 feet of unstitched handwoven fabric that is commonly worn by women in South Asia—to represent women’s lives and the cycle of life on our planet. The sari is perhaps the real star of the show. But not just any sari. The sari she uses in the show is written on and worn by the coastal women in Bangladesh. “JALOBAYU juxtaposes women’s words and their worn saris against the backdrop of the rising ocean in Miami Beach,” says Bose. “The intent is to raise awareness of climate change and link Miami Beach to coastal Bangladesh, both of which face devastation due to climate change.”
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jeudi 6 décembre 2018

Jangarh Singh Shyam: A Conjuror’s Archive


Source Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is delighted to present the opening of exhibition ‘Jangarh Singh Shyam: A Conjuror’s Archive’, co-curated by Dr. Jyotindra Jain and Roobina Karode at KNMA. The exposition is enriched with works brought in on loan from government and private institution collections and many private collectors. The exhibits include paintings on paper and canvas, terracotta murals, digital prints of photographs, Jangarh’s letters, and reproduction of mural images and theatre posters which incorporated Jangarh’s art work. A substantial showing in this exhibition of Jangarh’s works has come from The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bangalore. Works from institutions such as Bharat Bhawan in Bhopal and The Crafts Museum in New Delhi are historically important as they were places where Jangarh worked on-site projects. Some in-situ murals will be reproduced for the exhibition. The book by Dr. Jain (who is a cultural historian and museologist), offers rare insight into the life and works of Jangarh Singh Shyam.
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dimanche 2 décembre 2018

Art collector and gallerist Amrita Jhaveri on her latest auction, and future of Indian art market


Source Firstpost by Geetha Jayaraman
Though she was introduced to art by her parents at a young age, her love for it manifested much later in life. Meet Amrita Jhaveri, South Asian art expert and collector, who over the years have acquired works of a vast number of Indian contemporary artists. In addition to a two-decade collecting history, Jhaveri has authored a book on Indian art and was instrumental in bringing a sculpture show by British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor to India in 2010. She also runs a gallery in Mumbai, Jhaveri Contemporary, with her sister Priya. We get to glimpse of that collection as she sets to auction 43 selected works of Indian contemporary artists in a Saffronart online auction titled ‘Amaya Collection’ to be held on 4 and 5 December, 2018.
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samedi 1 décembre 2018

Hervé Perdriolle, the Parisian curator


Source Sunita Nair
Hervé Perdriolle played a pioneering role in exposing Indian indigenous art at international art forums since the 1990s, after the Indian government had searched out artists from the villages in Maharashtra and Bihar and other states in order to keep alive their vibrant art traditions. This tall and affable Parisian art dealer, curator and lover of art brut and outsider art – outside the mainstream of ‘high’ art – became passionate about the work of Jivya Soma Mhase since their first meeting in 1998.
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