Invisibilising the Visible: The Making of the Art of Kantha in Bengal

Category : Essay

Hands holding an embroidery hoop a needle in right hand is stitching shades of brown onto a white. Golden bangle on left wrist. Wearing a green outfit printed with flowers.

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.

Brishti Modak

The Business of Dreams: Photographs from the Studio of Suresh Punjabi

Learn more about Suresh Punjabi –– his upbringing, influences and the portraits he produced at Suhag Studio in Nagda, Madhya Pradesh, in the 1970s and 80s.

Varun Nayar

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.

Varun Nayar

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.

Mustafa Khanbai