modernities in south asian art

Reflections around Indian Modernism

Friday, 4 March 2011

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Grant Watson (Senior Curator, Iniva)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Emilia Terracciano

Two opposing paradigms, the eurocentric and the planetary, characterise the question of modernity. The seminar group 'Modernities in South Asia' will discuss issues around modernity and modernism in the context of South Asian art and architecture. The forum will give academics, researchers and curators working in this field, the opportunity to discuss their research and generate a debate around the temporalities and spaces of modernism. In order to orient and inform non-specialist participants, a brief reading list with key texts, will be emailed out before the seminar.

Grant Watson is Senior Curator and Research Associate at INIVA. He coordinates Iniva's research programme and publications, and is also involved with exhibitions. He has recently curated the show Therein Besides, the first UK solo show of artist Sheela Gowda - which will run until 12 March 2011.

Untill April 2010 he was Projects Curator at MuHKA, Antwerp, where he was involved in curating exhibitions and artist projects at the museum including the Santhal Family positions around an Indian sculpture and Cornelius Cardew, as well as organising the lecture series Keywords. He was previously the Curator of Visual Arts at Project in Dublin between 2000 and 2005 where his programme focused on commissioning solo projects from contemporary Irish and international artists as well as occasional group exhibitions such as Communism in 2005 and Enthusiasm for Frieze Projects in 2006. Grant Watson was "Visiting Curator" for Documenta 12 where he researched the participation of contemporary Indian artists in the exhibition. He studied Curating and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College London.

The seminars usually take place once a term, at 5.30pm in the Research Forum. The papers, and formal discussion, are followed by informal discussion over a glass of wine.

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