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CONTENTS

SPECIAL REPORTS

28.The fourth edition of the Dhaka Art Summit addresses migration and dispossession as defining contemporary experiences. Kurchi Dasgupta predicts that it will place Bangladesh as a key player on the map of the global art world.

32.Shweta Upadhyay walks through the 10th edition of the India Art Fair in New Delhi and throws light on some of the engaging works on display.

35.The Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa offers a fine mix of installations, performances and curated experiences. Samira Sheth hops between venues.

REPORTS

38.Architects, urbanists, designers and artists react to Charles Correa in Jaipur and respond to the question, When is Space? Mila Samdub tells us how.

41.Massive carved wings rub shoulders with a giant kerosene stove at the new Sculpture Park in Nahargarh, Jaipur. Meera Menezes can’t resist taking a selfie.

INTERNATIONAL REVIEW / INTERVIEW

45.A creative investigation of Partition traumas, psychoanalytic thought, feminist consciousness and lens-based art forms is part of Nalini Malani’s multi-aspected oeuvre, finds Rhana Devenport at her retrospective at the Pompidou.

COGITATION

60.The labouring worker and other victims of history are at the centre of his loaded painterly universe. Roshan Shahani re-introduces Altaf Mohamedi.

REVIEWS

64. Discarded material turns decorative in Piraji Sagara’s mixed media works. Have a re-look, urges Katherine Anne Harper.

66. Insitutions and symbols are addressed and re-dressed by Riyas Komu, finds Mila Samdub.

69. Abhay Sardesai is moved by Vivan Sundaram’s layered retrospective at the KNMA.

75. Sakti Burman’s part-autobiographical and part-allegorical paintings draw Lajja Shah into their universe.

77. Abir Karmakar’s home is a chronicle of a family’s journey, declares Girish Shahane.

 

 

80. Anju Dodiya’s theatre of crisis haunts Ella Datta.

83. Mithu Sen’s ‘museum’ uncovers the complex links between art and life as well as art and the market, observes Gita Chadha.

86. Rajendar Tiku explores the idea of Kashmir and the sorry state of the craftsperson in today’s world in his new sculptures, reveals Shruthi Issac.

88. The gushing tide, the pool of evaporating water and the morphing cloud: Meera Menezes finds Alwar Balasubramaniam probing sensitively the rhythms of nature.

90. Words anchor, words repair and words battle trauma in South African artist Sue Williamson’s photographs and videos, informs Meera Menezes.

92. Amshu Chukki’s Tour of the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad and the Montreal Biodome reveals the faultlines between location and dislocation, spaces and non-spaces, discovers K. Sridhar.

94. At the intersection of photography and sculpture, artworks speak to ideas of ephemerality, abandonment and degradation. Daisy Bopanna visits a joint show by Asim Waqif and Yamini Nayar.

96. The music composer Anoushka Shankar as a demure Vasantasena and the actress Aditi Rao Hydari as A Mysore Lady Near the Well – Rohit Chawla’s photographs recreate iconic paintings, reveals Joy Sen.

98. Rithika Merchant responds to the refugee crisis and Youdhisthir Maharjan investigates the afterlife of words. Azra Bhagat offers a view from the gallery.

99. Artists grapple with the Partition and its overwhelming presence in our lives in Part Narratives, observes Juhi Rituparna.

100. A sliced walnut trunk with a mask, a boiler suit hanging over sanded buckets and resin-pressed men’s vests push the boundaries of sculpture as practice, avers Anuj Daga at Gyan Panchal’s show.

102. The family, the superhero, ritual and romance: Hetain Patel’s videos explore these formations with verve, observes Anuj Daga.

BOOK REVIEWS

103. Priya Maholay-Jaradi’s books on art cultures in Baroda carry forward the inquiry initiated by Gulammohammed Sheikh more than twenty years back, claims Sandhya Bordewekar.

106. Beauty as an object, a path, a moment and an experience. In conversation with creative people from various fields, Shakti Maira’s The Promise of Beauty & Why it Matters finds that it is a claim and a responsibility, says Gautam Bhatia.

101. LISTINGS