A Hindu Mobile Shrine
Redrawing the Lines (exhibition)
29 January, 2015 - 1 February, 2015
NSIC Grounds, New Delhi
For the India Art Fair 2015, MAP invited four art historians and curators – B. N. Goswamy, Jyotindra Jain, Rahaab Allana and Ella Datta – to each select and discuss artworks from MAP’s collection. Through this process, unplanned dialogues between disciplines come to the fore, redrawing the lines between the traditional labels of ‘craft’, ‘folk’, ‘popular’ and ‘fine art‘.
These texts, and the juxtaposition of the chosen artworks, reveal multiple layers of meaning as they raise questions on the idea of simple categories. A Nathdwara image, for instance, fuses the photographic form with painting; while in a particular historical moment, a brocade skirt becomes a political statement; and elsewhere, a ‘tribal’ artist is caught in the throes of the contemporary art world.
Jangarh Singh Shyam