Nalini Malani, Remembering Toba Tek Singh, 1998. Multi channel video play. Photo: Installation view, World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, 1998
This lecture will be an overview of contemporary art in India, in the context of fundamentalism and globalisation. The roles of tradition, marginality and politics as artists’ concerns within a diverse and dynamic culture will be presented through the work of significant artists who are active locally and globally. While considering the role of art markets and international recognition, the lecture will highlight debates around belonging, diversity and difference in an increasingly polarised political environment.
Dr Chaitanya Sambrani is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory, and Convenor for Higher Degrees by Research, School of Art and Design, in the ANU College of Arts and Sciences. Major curatorial projects include Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India (shown at museums in Australia, USA, Mexico and India over 2004-07). He is the author, amongst many publications, of the definitive book At Home in the World: the Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh (2019).
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