Lecture: Contemporary Indian Art in the Age of Globalization, 1992–2012
Jan 24, 2014 Friday 19:00 - 21:00
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
1992 marks a period of intense change in the making and reception of Indian art. The economic reforms initiated in India enabled an inward movement — of curators and critical thinking, and in turn saw the outward location of Indian art within geographical groupings of the global South. From Japan, the Asia-Pacific region and various biennales of the South such as those of Havana and Johannesburg, Indian art assumed certain positions. These reflected post-colonial concerns, of speaking from the margins as well as an articulation of India's own dense and complex art production. With the benefit of two decades, in hindsight leading tendencies emerge. The lecture will cover how Indian art is located in politics and the sharp volatility of social change, in mythology and personal narrative, marking a break with Eurocentric traditions, thereby compelling a new reading of how Asia interprets and reflects on contemporary history.
An art critic and curator based in New Delhi. Her primary areas of enquiry are around the issues of gender and iconography, media, economics and social history. She has curated extensively in India and abroad and is the founder director of Critical Collective, an initiative for communication in the arts, which works towards creating knowledge and content with other institutions.
Free admission, reservation is required.