The trajectory of visual art in India is one of multiple transitions as it spans and internalizes the wider discourses of colonialism, nationalism and International modernism. It relates to visual traditions in the light of postmodernism and seeks to validate its position in the contemporary arena of visual art making. Artists are thus sited between the political realities of their times and a collective, largely constructed, and yet telusive memory of a glorious past. There is also a geopolitical identity that serves as a prerequisite for a new exotic postmodern marketable space. Indian artists are the bearers of a cultural soul that is both enriched but also at odds with the paradoxes of partition, tradition and modernity. They are positioned on the paradigm shift between modernity and the post-modern and what this entails with regards to practices of making, as well as perhaps, to identify and re-route the pathways of viewing between the self and the other. Join art historian and Museum Director Roobina Karode of the Kiran Nadar Museum, Karthik Kalyanaram, art writer & economist in conversation with the curators of Hub India Myna Mukherjee and Davide Quadrio.
Speakers: KARTHIK KALYANARAMAN (critic, Cofounder 64/1, Educator & Economist); ROOBINA KARODE (director Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Art Historian); MYNA MUKHERJEE (cultural Producer/Curator Director Engendered); DAVIDE QUADRIO (producer, Founder/Director Art Hub)