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The City—Janus-Faced

A gateway, a parcourse, and an end yet again: a recurring trope. The aspirations are clear: the dazzle of the city lights blind even the far-flung dwellers. Tunnel after tunnel is traversed in search of the romantic source that allures, that promises, that builds, more, and more, and, snap!

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A Search in Five Directions

Martand Singh was a visionary; the perspective which he developed with his mentor Pupul Jayakar to revive the history of Indian textiles and find ways to initiate a positive and sustainable working environment among the weavers and artisans through reemployment, was truly admirable.

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A Model for Invisible Growth

‘Hangar for the Passerby’ is an ambitious curatorial venture by Akansha Rastogi, compiling artistic and non-artistic material from over 45 institutions, groups, and individuals, spanning over eight decades from 1930 to the present.

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The Houses Still Standing

One does not need a dictionary to understand that a spectre is something which haunts. Karl Marx has made popular the function of a spectre, through his famous opening sentence, “A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Communism.”

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74 Million Million Million Tons

‘74 million million million tons’ is an exhibition about the types of evidence that artworks can produce opens Ruba Katrib and Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s curatorial text for their new show at Sculpture Center. It is worth situating this ambitious premise within the ongoing global rise of evidence and a concomitant shift in its meaning.

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Decolonisation Doesn’t Have a Synonym

‘A beast, a god, and a line’ walk into a room. The trifecta proposes for a universal history, a call in which a response is required. To wit, are we complicit witnesses to perpetual violence or accomplices in effecting a global decolonisation project that has yet to realise its mission?

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Pakistani Art in New York

At the Talwar Gallery, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ curated by Atteqa Ali, focused on clothes as the primary outward sign of culture, class and gender. In the case of this show, clothes are at once a mark of identity, a source of protection, and a harness of control.

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