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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Jareh Das

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Sherry Paik, New York

Guo Hongwei's recent watercolour paintings, showing at Chambers Fine Art in New York from 3 March, trigger pareidolia—the phenomenon of seeing random objects or patterns where they do not exist.

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New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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India Art Fair 2019: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report India Art Fair 2019: Exhibitions to See Kanika Anand, New Delhi

India Art Fair runs from 31 January to 3 February 2019, with IAF Director Jagdip Jagpal highlighting the inclusion of talks, walk-throughs, screenings, live events, and performances, including Word and Hopes , Yasmin Jahan Nupur's six-hour performance that interrogates the boundaries between spectator and performer. A series of seven...

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Same, but Different: the 10th India Art Fair Ocula Report Same, but Different: the 10th India Art Fair Gayatri Uppal, New Delhi

Launched in 2008 by Neha Kirpal with just 34 participating galleries, the India Art Fair was initially known as the India Art Summit before rebranding in 2011. Initially seen as an experiment, early editions were held at Pragati Maidan, a permanent exhibition centre in New Delhi, before moving in 2012 to the larger outdoor location offered by...

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Raqs Media Collective Ocula Conversation Raqs Media Collective Anabelle de Gersigny, Delhi

Raqs Media Collective comprises a group of three practitioners—Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta—all based in New Delhi.  The collective was formed in 1992 after its three members graduated from the Mass Communications Research Centre at the Jamia Milia Islamia university in Delhi. Through the...

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Nalini Malani Ocula Conversation Nalini Malani Emily McDermott, New Delhi

Fuelled by her struggles as a female artist in a male-dominated society and influenced by her experience as a refugee during the partition of India, artist Nalini Malani deals with heavy, philosophical topics. Through various mediums, including painting, immersive installations and short films, (which she refers to as video plays), Malani...

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Atul Dodiya Ocula Conversation Atul Dodiya Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Renowned Indian artist, Atul Dodiya recently opened his first solo exhibition at 10 Chancery Lane in Hong Kong. The exhibition, which is entitled Duplicator's Dilemma , takes places contemporaneously with the opening of an extensive survey of Dodiya’s work at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. Throughout his career,...

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New Delhi art duo Thukral & Tagra for India Art Fair Related Press New Delhi art duo Thukral & Tagra for India Art Fair 1 February 2018, Wallpaper*

New Delhi art duo Thukral & Tagra explore memory in their installation for India Art Fair. Once art directors in the world of advertising, Indian art duo Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra - informally known as T&T - have been collaborating since 2000, producing their darkly witty works across a range of mediums including painting, film,...

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'Here After Here': India's Jitish Kallat Related Press 'Here After Here': India's Jitish Kallat 16 February 2017, Art Radar Journal

Here After Here , for the first time, brings under a single exhibition over 25 years of the prolific and varied Indian contemporary artist Jitish Kallat's artistic practice. It is comprehensive and encompassing enough to pass for a retrospective but for the fact that Kallat, who is only 43 years old, has many more years of artistic enquiries...

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Jitish Kallat’s long meditation on life and death in the city Related Press Jitish Kallat’s long meditation on life and death in the city 9 February 2017, Apollo Magazine

Despite shows in Delhi and Mumbai, and his bold artistic direction of the second edition of India's Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Jitish Kallat's global success has not been fully appreciated at home. Several of his landmark pieces in Germany, the US, Australia, China and elsewhere have not yet been enjoyed in India, nor have they been displayed in the...

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Critic’s Guide: New Delhi Related Press Critic’s Guide: New Delhi 2 February 2017, Frieze

Visual artist and researcher Sonia Mehra Chawla's artistic practice traverses notions of selfhood, nature, ecology and sustainability. Currently a visiting artist and researcher at M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation India, Sonia's ongoing project Critical membrane is on show at Exhibit 320. This exhibition focuses on her artistic enquiry...

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Art served fresh, South Asian-style Related Press Art served fresh, South Asian-style 31 January 2017, The Hindu Business Line

The focus on South Asia appears to be an enduring one for the India Art Fair (IAF). In 2016, we saw a pronounced emphasis on Bangladesh and Nepal, and this year too we are going to see more art from these regions, as well as from Sri Lanka. This of course will be in addition to a strong presence of indigenous art from around India. Neha Kirpal is...

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Art served fresh, South Asian-style Related Press Art served fresh, South Asian-style 30 January 2017, BLink

The focus on South Asia appears to be an enduring one for the India Art Fair (IAF). In 2016, we saw a pronounced emphasis on Bangladesh and Nepal, and this year too we are going to see more art from these regions, as well as from Sri Lanka. This of course will be in addition to a strong presence of indigenous art from around India. Neha Kirpal is...

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UAE galleries set to shine at India Art Fair Related Press UAE galleries set to shine at India Art Fair 24 January 2017, Gulf News

Galleries from around the world, including the UAE, will participate in the India Art Fair 2017, to be held from February 2 to 5 at NSIC Grounds, Okhla, in New Delhi. The fair, launched in 2008, has played a key role in developing and promoting South Asian art, and is the region’s leading platform for showcasing modern and contemporary art from...

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9th edition of India Art Fair to start February 2 Related Press 9th edition of India Art Fair to start February 2 12 January 2017, The Indian Express

The ninth edition of India Art Fair that is all set to begin in February, will seek to promote both regional and global art, with an impressive line-up of Indian and international exhibitors. A tightly curated art affair, the India Art fair is touted as one of South Asia’s biggest events for modern and contemporary art, which will see an increased...

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New Delhi, known as India's bustling capital and known for its luscious gardens and rich historical sites, can perhaps also now be known as the main centre for contemporary art in India. The city is home to India Art Fair: India's largest modern and contemporary art fair, with a mission to engage with the cultural history and development of the South Asian region. Established in 2008, the fair is split into sections dedicated to galleries; institutions; solo artist presentations; emerging artists and practices from South Asia; and large-scale, interactive installations.

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New Delhi, however, has a history of modern and contemporary art institutions. Established in 1954 and with branches in Mumbai and Bangalore, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) was inaugurated with an exhibition on sculptures despite being most known for its collection of renowned artist Amrita Sher-Gil's paintings. The gallery's collection includes over 170,000 works by over 2,000 artists and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, installations, and, more recently, photographs. The collection mainly consists of Indian artists. Standout sculptors include D.P. Roy Chowdhury, while notable photographers include Raghu Rai. NGMA also showcases international artists, with past exhibitions featuring works by artists such as Pablo Picasso.

For even more modern and contemporary art, you can visit the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), established by Kiran Nadar in 2010. The first private museum of modern and contemporary art exhibitions from India, the KNMA showcases 20th-century Indian painters and Modernist works from both pre- and post-Independence India. Notable artists included in the collection and shows are Nasreen Mohamedi, Arpita Singh, Adeela Suleman, and more. While KNMA is known for its modern and contemporary works from India, the museum also displays international works, such as a previous exhibition on Bauhaus, and older works, such as Indian miniatures. Galleries and non-profit organisations, however, may be the best spots for more contemporary works—and New Delhi is not lacking in either. Notable spaces of this kind are DAG, Exhibit320, and Khoj International Artists' Association.

The city's main and historical art attraction is the National Museum, New Delhi, which is filled with 200,000 works spanning over 5,000 years. The collection includes both pre-historic and modern works of art. An exhibition of Indian art and artefacts by the Royal Academy of Arts in London was shown in India before the works were returned to their respective museums in 1949; the exhibition's success in India led to the establishment of the Museum. The rich collection is categorised in the following sections: Anthropology, Archaeology, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Manuscripts, Paintings, Pre History, Numismatics & Epigraphy, Central Asian Antiquities, Pre-Columbian & Western Arts, Arms & Armour, and a section entitled Anubhav—a tactile gallery that is aimed particularly at visitors with disabilities.

For a stronger focus on traditional Indian arts and culture, visit the Sanskriti Museums. Founded in 1978 by Shri O.P. Jian and housed within the Sanskriti Kendra complex in artist village complex Anandagram, the Museums are made up of the Museum of Everyday Art, the Museum of Indian Terracotta, and the Museum of Indian Textiles. The Museum of Everyday Art was established in 1984 and is dedicated to craftsmanship, while the Museum of Indian Textiles was established in 2009, starting from the founder's own private collection and functioning more as an academic resource for research on textiles.

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