Venue: Arsenale, Artiglierie Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode…
Zarina Hashmi * 1937 Aligarh, India. Lives in New York, USA. Gigi Scaria * 1973 Kothanalloor, Kerala, India. Lives in Delhi, India. more info & photos Praneet Soi * 1971 Kolkata, India. Lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. more info & photos The Desire Machine Collective Sonal Jain: * 1975 Shillong, India. Mriganka Madhukaillya: * 1978 Guwahati, India Curator / Commissioner: Ranjit Hoskote
Organizer: Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi India’s National Academy of Art The exhibition, which will be organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi, India’s National Academy of Art, and curated by cultural theorist and poet Ranjit Hoskote – provides an opportunity to stretch the idea of India. This pavilion will approach that idea through the tropes of transcultural practice, migration and cross-pollination. Indeed, this pavilion is intended to serve as a laboratory in which we will test out certain key propositions concerning the contemporary Indian art scene. Through it, we could view India as a conceptual entity that is not only territorially based, but is also extensive in a global space of the imagination.
Hoskote’s aim, in making his selection of artists, is to represent a set of conceptually rigorous and aesthetically rich artistic practices that are staged in parallel to the art market. Furthermore, these have not already been valorized by the gallery system and the auction-house circuit.
The Indian manifestation will also focus on artistic positions that emphasize the cross-cultural nature of contemporary artistic production: some of the most significant art that is being created today draws on a diversity of locations, and different economies of image-making and varied cultural histories.