Atul Dodiya, C. Kondiah Raju, Abul Kalam Azad, Vasudeo H. Pandya, P.S. Ramachandra Rao & Sri Rama Pattabhishek, Cynthia Art Studio, Madurai, Prem Studio Salem, S.S. Brijbasi & Sons, Karachi, Ravi Varma Press Picture Depot, Bamapada Banerjee Roy Babajee & Co, Calcutta, M.D. Trivedi, E. Art & Photo Company, R.G. Chonker, Chonker Art Studio Bombay
The exhibition from the Clark House curatorial archive gives credence to a trajectory of art historical scholarship, from Partha Mitter to Jyotindra Jain and Tapati Guha-Thakurta, who subtly interpreted the collapse of visual iconographies of nationalism, fundamentalism, and religious pantheons. The exhibition plays with the chronologies of mediums gaining in popularity in India, as put forward by writers like Girish Shahane, from the hand-painted photograph to paintings inspired by photo-journalism. It is also a careful look at mixtures of style within works: where hunted deer, or fighter planes stylistically differ from the pastoral landscapes that surround them. Toying with calibrations of what has been previously debated, the exhibition adds absurdist iconographies into the fray, from lesser-known contemporaries of the better known studios.
Clark House Initiative
Ground Floor, Clark House, 8 Nathalal Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road), Colaba
Dates and Timings
Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 31
Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 7pm