Anti-Memoirs: Locus, Language, Landscape

This exhibition will engage with a spectrum of ways in which artists in late-colonial, postcolonial and contemporary India have addressed the challenge of a present that is always saturated in and over determined by a past or pasts. Or, as the matter may also be phrased: a spectrum of ways in which they have addressed the challenge of a past or pasts that are continually being reshaped in the present, or even as the present.

In the process, these artists concern themselves with the nature of memory as it is embodied in vigorous, living inheritances – as testimony, as ceremony, as craft lineage, as poetic idiom, as stylisation of place in poetry and song. Curator Ranjit Hoskote will look specifically, at artistic practices that deal with three major thematic emphases: locus, language, and landscape.