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Devraj Dakoji – A Force of Nature

Dakoji’s journey of artistic production has been prolific. His training in printmaking under the tutelage of powerful thinkers such as K.G.Subramanyan and Jyoti Bhatt during his stint at M.S. University Baroda in the mid-60s; his post-graduate studies at the Chelsea School of Arts in the mid-70s through a British Council scholarship; and his later presence at the Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque New Mexico U.S.A in the early 90s, all contributed to the immense possibilities he found in the print process. Keen on new experiences, Dakoji found inspiration in travels that took him through England and Europe, as well as across India.

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Looking from an ‘Aesthetic Distance’: Photographing Babasaheb Ambedkar in Vellore

An ambiance of trepidation prevails in most of the Dalit localities of Vellore; thus as an outsider, these statues appear appealing only if seen from an ‘aesthetic distance’, and Marcelo abided by it. Being a foreigner in India, his social identity was not perceived as a threat to the community and he operated from a rather safer zone. His photographs read these sculptures in many layers, forcing the viewers to engage with critical contexts. They often evoke a sense of ambivalence between the ideas of sacred and profane, haptic and the optic. The cage act like a barrier between the viewer and the viewed.

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200 Years and Counting: Brasilia, Art and Architecture: Manan Shah in conversation with Leticia Marranghello

The museums traditionally have been the representatives of history and human civilisation. Over the course of time, they have evolved to have a multi-disciplinary nature in terms of having an audience-friendly milieu by including a variety of programs and outreach activities. In the said manner, Bihar Museum in Patna has been working towards creating an environment which attracts visitors, providing information with an interactive experience. Bihar Museum, moving beyond the place of traditional knowledge systems, has forged to become a space for cultural exchange, inviting national and international artists, speakers and exhibitions to Patna.

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Nasreen Mohamedi: Singularity and Sociability

Nasreen Mohamedi’s hand-written letter to her close friend, artist Nilima Sheikh exudes a sense of both restraint and tenderness. With her formal handwriting, she composes what appears as a verse of concrete poetry – simultaneously referencing and exploring ideas of space – on a piece of graph paper. Providing a window into the late Modernist’s preoccupations with nature, abstraction, and the limits of perception, this letter, describing the seashore at Kihim, also inspires the title of her latest retrospective at Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation (JNAF) – Nasreen Mohamedi: The Vastness, Again and Again.

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