The essay attempts to position 'kantha' as an art object and to trace the trajectory of textile artisans, whose voices and art have both been left outside the paradigm of art historical intervention.
Invisibilising the Visible: The Making of the Art of Kantha in Bengal
The essay attempts to position ‘kantha’ as an art object and to trace the trajectory of textile artisans, whose voices and art have both been left outside the paradigm of art historical intervention.
Interior Words: The Legacy of Studio Photography in India
A detailed history of studio photography in India, moving from the colonial to the postcolonial to the contemporary. In tracing this evolution, this essay makes the intersection of commercial interests, power relations and changing sociopolitical attitudes that have defined and redefined photography’s role in the country visibly apparent.
Understanding Adavisi Artists in the Contemporary Context
Giving viewers a sense of the context in which Bhuri Bai’s career has taken shape, this essay discusses how the art market and cultural institutions have historically engaged with indigenous art in India and the rest of the world.