International artists reflect on controversial New Delhi face-lift
Posted by artradar on August 31, 2010
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As so often happens when cities are granted the right to host a major sporting event, New Dehli is undergoing a sometimes controversial face-lift in preparation for the Commonwealth Games. New Delhi artists, as recently reported in The Washington Post, have entered the debate currently raging among lawmakers, the media, activists and sports figures over some aspects of the city’s planning and construction for the event.
A government commission recently issued a report critical of the city’s new construction. Human rights activists say thousands of slums have been demolished, and they warn that the games are creating deep social divisions. The Washington Post
The article details the work of three of the sixteen Indian and international artists whose artworks appear in a Religare Arts.i exhibition titled “The Transforming State“, the culmination of a two-month residency programme. It also contains comments from members of the public and arts professionals involved in organisation of the exhibition.
“The white-columned colonial architecture was built to impose order on the city during the British rule. Over the years, it yellowed, grayed and changed with use. It had the look of a natural, inhabited place,” said Malik, adjusting his retro-spectacles. “I find it odd that they are now restoring it to its original whiteness for the games.” Jitesh Malik, as quoted in The Washington Post
“The whole city is a work in progress. We are told to bear with the mess for the sake of the beauty that will come during the games. Now that mess has come into the art gallery,” Umesh Kumar, who attended the program’s preview, said with a wry smile. “The artists have spoken, but their message does not bring much comfort.” The Washington Post
Artists who participated in the residency and exhibition include Becky Brown, Brad Biancardi, Garima Jayadevan, Greg Jones, Jitesh Malik, Kavita Singh Kale, Kustav Nag, Megha Katyal, Nidhi Khurana, Onishi Yasuaki, Purnna Behera, Raffaella Della Olga and Rajesh KR Singh.
Read the full article here.
- Rising confidence in Indian art as market recovers – June 2010 – a Wall Street Journal report on the rising trend of speculators’ confidence in the Indian art market
- Krishen Khanna traces evolution of Indian modern art: innovative interview technology used – April 2010 – an overview of an art historical interview produced by Saffronart
- Dinesh Vazirani CEO Saffronart speaks about 2010 market outlook for Indian art – Arttactic podcast – March 2010 – Vazirani explains how the collector base for Indian art is changing
- Bani Abidi on Indian video art, a medium on the rise – interview Tehelka Magazine – August 2009 – on emerging Indian video artists and the people who collect their work
- Indian Art Summit sponsor Rajshree Pathy has big plans for new art institute in India – August 2009 – Pathy is to open an art institute and museum of contemporary art in Coimbatore India by 2011
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