Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ReLook Lecture: Territorial Realism by Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Somberikatte @1 Shanthiroad
RE- LOOK: Lectures on Indian Art

Territorial Realism "
a lecture by

Ashish Rajadhyaksha
- Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore

Sunday 31 October 2010, 6.30 pm

@ 1 Shanthiroad studio/ gallery

Territorial Realism

This presentation inquires into a tradition of arts practice that

emerged in Mumbai through the 1970s and 80s, crucially in the visual a

rts but also including the cinema, theatre and music, when the arts

took on several additional responsibilities that we would usually

associate with human rights. The argument is primarily located around

Sudhir Patwardhan's paintings, juxtaposed with Vijay Tendulkar's

theatre, Namdeo Dhasal's poetry and independent films from the time,

alongside inquiries into the cultural actions linked to the 1982

textile workers' strike and the claim of the constitutional right of

the city's pavement dwellers to shelter.

Ashish Rajadhyaksha is Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of

Culture & Society, Bangalore. He is the co-author of the Encyclopaedia of In
dian Cinema (1994), and has recently published the book Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency (2009). He has also written extensively on art and was co-curator with Geeta Kapoor of Bombay/ Mumbai at the Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis show, Tate Modern, London (2001)

*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 1. Shanthi Road, situated in the heart of the city.


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.

The Studio/Gallery at 1.Shanthiroad, Bangalore, is an independent artist run space for art residencies, slide lectures, small conferences, installations, 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.

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