contemporaneity in South asian art


Patterns of Dissent in Contemporary South Asian Art
Imran Qureshi and Hamra Abbas: Urban Strife and Solace

Dr Virginia Whiles (Lecturer, Chelsea School of Art and Design) in conversation with Hamra Abbas (Artist), Arshiya Lokhandwala (Lakeeren Gallery) and Nada Raza (Curator, Iniva)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Emilia Terracciano and Zehra Jumabhoy with Professor Deborah Swallow (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Pakistani artist Hamra Abbas was born in Kuwait city (1976) and grew up in Lahore (Pakistan). She now lives between New York, Boston and Islamabad. Her multi-media artwork – including Cities, which will be on show at Green Cardamom in London this October – reflects upon her inter-national existence. Abbas is one of the winners of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2011. Her work has been included in the Guangzou Triennial (2008), the 10th Instanbul Biennale (2007), the V&A Museum, London, ARTIUM de Alava, Vitoria-Gateiz, Spain, Ifa Gallery, Berlin and the Manchester Art Gallery.

The ambiguous, even paradoxical, position of Indian ‘modern and contemporary’ art has been widely recognised. Today, contemporary art is firmly established in India, has numerous practitioners, some critics, is supported by a number of commercial galleries and has a growing number of collectors. Outside India, on the other hand, despite the efforts of a few western collectors, a growing market within the so-called diaspora and its inclusion in some public institutions, it has not been recognised as a ‘functioning or exemplary’ part of the global art world. Until a couple of years ago, contemporary art from India had a significantly lower profile than contemporary Chinese art.

The lacuna in knowledge regarding modern and contemporary Indian art in western academic institutions is becoming increasingly evident at a time when the sharp rise in prices of contemporary Indian art – not to mention numerous survey shows – has focused attention on it.

This Seminar Series offers a platform for artists, curators and scholars to discuss urgent issues concerning the Subcontinent. What, after all, does the term 'contemporary South Asian' mean?

The Seminars take place once a term, usually on Tuesday evenings, at 5.30pm in the Research Forum. The papersare followed by an informal discussion with refreshments.



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