Jamia to showcase curatorial practices in India

February 18th, 2011 - 6:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) “Transformation,” an art exhibition curated by the students of Jamia Millia Islamia at the M.F Husain art gallery, will showcase the history of curatorial practices in India, organisers said Friday. Five students from Jamia’s department of art history and art appreciation - Nisha Aggarwal, Pradeep, K. Arya, Satish Malviya and Romana Farid - are taking part in the five-day exhibition that begins Feb 21, a statement said.

“This is the first time the institute is helping students curate an exhibition,” a spokesperson for the Jamia Millia Islamia said.

The show will be inaugurated by Shobha Broota and will feature works by young artists like Rajkumar, Vaibhav Sharma, Anjani Kashyap, Udipti Jayaswal, Mala Srivastava, Varnita Mahajan, Rajnish Chhanesh and Waseem among others.

“The exhibition is a metamorphic process which gets defined through various aspects of human life, right from birth to death. It will explore this process of transformation taking into account socio-political issues of gender, class, caste etc among other things,” the statement said.

The show will also use various media of visual arts such as painting, sculpture, photographs, and installation in a wide variety of form and material to convey the essence of the theme.

According to the spokesperson, the exhibition was significant because “curatorial practises were becoming a key component in planning art exhibitions in India because art was using specific themes in its choice of exposition.”

Most galleries and government institutions in India were using art to engage in dialogue with the audience with more focus on art in public spaces and young contempoaray art that explored themes that were off the beaten track.

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