A Critical Difference: Contemporary Art from India

A Critical Difference: Contemporary Art from India

28 May - 4 July 1993

This exhibition includes painting, sculpture and installation by eight artists selected from the length and breadth of the Indian sub-continent: Bhupen Khakhar, Nalini Malani, Madhvi Parekh, Ravinder Reddy, N. N. Rimzon, Gogi Saroj Pal, Vivan Sundaram and V. K. Wankhede. Some are already known here, while others have never before exhibited in Europe.

Parekh, Khakar, Malani and Pal integrate elements of folk art and mythologies into their painting which raise questions about gender and sexuality. All the works of sculptors Sundaram, Rimzom and Reddy alludes in some way to the great tradition of Indian sculpture yet all depart from it in markedly different angles. Rimzon uses it as a base for new poetic narratives, Reddy to create new icons, while Sundaram alludes to it in the context of a wider exploration of art and its presentation. Wankhede tears and paints on top layers of handwoven fabrics to create abstract squares of subtle colours, textures and meanings.

All offer solutions to questions of representation, narrative and form, and all, to greater or lesser extent, make references to traditional art or craft. It is perhaps this factor which brings this disparate group of artists together and forms that ’critical difference’ which creates a modernism that is clearly distinct from its European counterpart.

An Aberystwyth Arts Centre/Showroom touring exhibition, touring to Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (July/August) and Huddersfield City Art Gallery (August/September).

Supported by Visiting Arts, The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Welsh Arts Council.

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