Counter-Canon Counter-Culture

15 - 22 DEC
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Old GIM, Ribander


Curated By Nancy Adajania

The history of postcolonial Indian art is usually told from within the confines of the art world, as a sequence of long-lived styles and short-lived movements, avant-garde aspirations and institutional trends, artist groups and art schools. In the present exhibition, Nancy Adajania will demonstrate the rich, living heritage of art-making in postcolonial India that had little or nothing to do with this dominant narrative. This exhibition will celebrate the many alternative histories of being, doing and making together, of experiment and collaboration, which arose from diverse locations: trade fairs, inter-disciplinary workshops, activist collectives, documentary cinema, underground film-making, design and architecture schools, and youth subcultures. This exhibition, ambitious in scope and scale, will define many of these moments, hubs and constellations as part of a dynamic counter-canon that contests the canonical accounts of Indian art history from the 1950s to the present. It will also show how these were contributions to a counter-culture whose restless, multi-directional energies exceeded the frameworks of India between the 1960s and the 1980s. 

In this show, we will see how these protean cultural energies are articulated through photography, film, music and immersive transmedia experiences. 

Image: Nina Sabnani, Still from 'We Make Images' ('Hum Chitra Banate Hai'), 2016. Made in collaboration with the artist Sher Singh.