Counter-Canon Counter-Culture: Alternative Histories of Indian Art

15 - 22 DEC
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Old GIM, Ribander


Curated By Nancy Adajania

The history of postcolonial Indian art is usually told from within the confines of the art world, as a sequence of long-lived styles and short-lived movements, avant-garde aspirations and institutional trends, artist groups and art schools. In the present exhibition, Nancy Adajania will demonstrate the rich, living heritage of art-making in postcolonial India that had little or nothing to do with this dominant narrative. This exhibition will celebrate the many alternative histories of being, doing and making together, of experiment and collaboration, which arose from diverse locations: trade fairs, inter-disciplinary workshops, activist collectives, documentary cinema, underground film-making, design and architecture schools, and youth subcultures. This exhibition, ambitious in scope and scale, will define many of these moments, hubs and constellations as part of a dynamic counter-canon that contests the canonical accounts of Indian art history from the 1950s to the present. It will also show how these were contributions to a counter-culture whose restless, multi-directional energies exceeded the frameworks of India between the 1960s and the 1980s. 

In this show, we will see how these protean cultural energies are articulated through photography, film, music and immersive transmedia experiences. 

Image: Nina Sabnani, Still from 'We Make Images' ('Hum Chitra Banate Hai'), 2016. Made in collaboration with the artist Sher Singh.

Special thanks to:

Ajay Mayor
Amit Ambalal
Amba Sanyal
Arundhati and Neel Chattopadhyaya
Bhanu Padamsee
Bharat Sharma
Chandrodoy Ghosh and Mamta Shankar 
Nondita Correa Mehrotra, Charles Correa Foundation
Deepali Dewan and the Royal Ontario Museum
Dev Benegal
Dr Jyotindra Jain 
Films Division
Hanif Kureshi and team
Karan Khanna
Kiran Sachdev
Khorshed Pundole, Pundole Art Gallery
Maneka Sorcar
Meg Harris Williams
Meher Wilshaw 
Nandini Ramnath
Navjot and Altaf Mohamedi
Nayantara Kumar  
P C Sorcar Jr. 
Pavan Mahatta
Pinakin Patel, Dashrath Patel Museum
Priya Entertainments Private Ltd.
Rahul Benegal
Rahul Jain
Ram Rahman
Ravin Sachdev
Sandip Ray
Sarbari Roy Chowdhury Foundation 

Scott McGovern
Shanay Jhaveri
Suman Benegal
Sunil Kothari
Suhrid Sarabhai
Suresh Jindal
Vasundhara Tiwari 
Vijay Aggarwal, Swaraj Art Archive
Zette Emmons

Disclaimer : The views and opinions expressed in any performance, artwork or installation do not reflect the official policy or position of the institution.


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