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Generation in Transition: New Art from India


Warsaw. Zacheta presented the exhibition Generation in Transition: New Art from India, curated by Magda Kardasz. The show exhibited the artworks of a young generation of artists of Indian origin, living and working in India, America and Europe. It is the first extensive showcase of contemporary art from this region presented in Central Europe in recent years. The change in India's socio-political and technological aspects, with its positive and negative aspects, is frequently reflected in the works of contemporary artists, specially of the younger artists who have grown up in this time of transition. This show in Warsaw, Poland concentrated on young artists (including some from the diaspora) in an attempt to grasp the spirit of their generation. The show started on 3rd September and continues till 6th of November, 2011.

The title of the show was borrowed from a photographic series by Anay Mann, who makes portraits of his contemporaries; to carve a niche in the local tradition and history, more globalized reality we live in.

Over the last ten years, contemporary art from India has become very popular. Big group exhibitions have so far been shown in Europe, the United States and China. Private galleries  mostly from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru  have built a local art-market and became important players on the international scene. Art-schools are also opening up spaces for independent ideas.

The exhibition displays older works, with projects created especially for the show. The exhibition presents a wide range of artists, with different concerns and expressions. These have been configured in several important themes: tradition/ritual/costume; portraits; city/change/architecture, society; science and technology in art; politics/identity/social activism; and Polish-Indian cultural relations. Contemporary ideas are expressed through both traditional and modern media: photography, film, video installation, sculpture, drawing, painting and animation.

The participating artists in the exhibition are, Jaishri Abichandani, Prayas Abhinav, Ravi Agarwal, Ashish Avikunthak, Sarnath Banerjee, Devendra Banhart, Ansuman Biswas & Jem Finer, Nikhil Chopra, Baptist Coelho, Shezad Dawood, Rohini Devasher, Gauri Gill, Shilpa Gupta, Tushar Joag, Vishwas Kulkarni, Swati Khurana, Anay Mann, Rakhi Peswani, Prajakta Potnis, Prasad Raghavan, Gitanjali Rao, Akshay Rathore, Malik Sajad, Sharmila Samant, Mithu Sen, Charmi Gada Shah, Tejal Shah, Yashas Shetty, Bharat Sikka, Janek Simon, Praneet Soi, Kiran Subbaiah, Anup Mathew Thomas, Navin Thomas, Nandini Valli Muthiah.

The show is designed by Daniel Malone and is sponsored by PERI. The show is organized in partnership with British Council.

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