Friday, June 24, 2011

RELOOK Lecture: The Significant Landscape - by Shukla Sawant

Somberikatte @ 1Shanthiroad presents

RE-LOOK: Lectures on Indian Art

'The Significant Landscape: A Case Study of Painting in Colonial Kolhapur'

a lecture by

SHUKLA SAWANT - Artist and Art Historian, New Delhi

Sunday 26 June 2011 at 6:30 pm

@ 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery,

The Significant Landscape: A Case Study of Painting in Colonial Kolhapur

The presentation will examine the emergence of a new aesthetic genre in the form of landscape painting in Kolhapur, primarily during the reign of Shahu Maharaj (1884 and 1922), when a large number of artists from the principality entered into the social and intellectual world of colonial art institutions, largely due to the affirmative action policies of the social reformist Shahu. Setting aside the instrumentalizing of landscape painting by European artist- travellers, the artists of the region however developed a modernist understanding of the genre overlapping with John Ruskin's influential theories of "truth to nature". The complex forms of mutation that conversely led artists to transform the “truth to nature” principle into a mode of constructing memory and the cultural imagination of the local populace will be investigated through images, and the extensive critical literature of the time.

Shukla Sawant is a visual artist, currently an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Earlier she taught at the Jamia Millia University and was associated with artist collectives such as the Indian Printmakers Guild and Khoj International Artists Association. Shukla works with photography and installation and writes on contemporary art. Her work has recently been seen in exhibitions like Mutant Beauty and Tiger By the Tail: Women Artists of India Transforming Culture. She has had solo exhibitions in London (Harriet Green Gallery), Amsterdam (FIA), Mumbai (Lakereen) and Delhi (Art Inc & Anant Art Gallery). Her recent publications include Artist Collectives in the Age of Anxiety, 1940-50 in Art and Visual Culture in India 1857-2007 edited by Gayatri Sinha, and Material Means for the exhibition catalogue of Where in the World, a show she co-curated for Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi in 2008.
*RE-LOOK - Lectures on Indian Art
This series of lectures will present exciting new research being done in the areas of art history, art practice and visual anthropology in India, each for the first time in Bengaluru. Distinguished art historians and academics will be invited to give illustrated papers on their recent work and interests. There will be a lecture every month, which will take place at the popular artist space 1Shanthiroad, situated in the heart of the city.

*Somberikatte: Somberikatte is a Kannada word meaning idler’s platform- usually the platform around a large tree where people gather to gossip and exchange news. It is a fictional institution, sometimes a forum, sometimes a film production company or the name of a photo studio, used by the artist Pushpamala N.

*1.Shanthiroad: The Studio/Gallery at 1.Shanthiroad, Bangalore, is an independent artist run space for art residencies, slide lectures, small conferences, exhibitions, performances, screenings and informal gatherings. Centrally located with an award winning design, it was initiated by Suresh Jayaram and is administered by a not-for-profit trust VAC – Visual Art Collective.


1 comment:

Meenu said...

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