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IAAC Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora
Description of Exhibition:

The Indo-American Arts Council’s 8th Annual Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian art of the Diaspora features work by 43 artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. This group of multinational and intergenerational artists, chosen by Vijay Kumar, reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values. The artists interpret diverse subject matter—figurative, abstract and conceptual—in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture and installation. The resulting works often meld Indian and Western ideas about color, form and subject.

Twenty million people of Indian origin shifted countries in the 20th and 21st centuries. Implicit in the term Diaspora are the concepts of change and adaptation. Cultural dislocation can produce unexpected and powerful results. Subject matter is often drawn from the country of origin, while many of the artistic decisions and political concerns come from the artists’ newfound situations. Artists of the South Asian Diaspora are working to make themselves heard in an art world that is at once more competitive and more receptive to non-Western art than ever before. This exhibition seeks to transcend the borders that confine and control preconceived definitions of Indian and Western art.

The exhibition features work by Fasihu Ahsan, Mohammed Bari, Samanta Batra Mehta, Fareen Butt, Amita Chatterjee, Sonia Chaudhary, Nandini Chirimar, Neil Chowdhury, Uday K Dhar, Reet Das, Delna Dastur, Anjali Deshmukh, Anujan Ezhikode, Aaliyah Gupta, Mansoora Hassan, Mumtaz Hussain, Tehniyet Hussain, Samina Iqbal, Nidhi Jalan, Sunita Jariwala-Gajjar, Reeta Gidwani - Karmarkar, Kulvinder Kaur Dhew, Aamir Khan Tarin , Srinivas Krishna, Shaurya Kumar , Shobha Menon, Rahul Mitra, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Kuzana Ogg, Avani Patel, Minna Philips, Antonio Puri, Talha Rathore, Rasika Reddy, Sangeeta Reddy, Pinku Roy-Bari, Tara Sabharwal, Satyakam Saha, Pallavi Sharma, Sara Suleman , Roshani Thakore , MD Tokon, Prince Varughese Thomas.

 The renowned Indian artist Natvar Bhavsar will be included as the guest artist to the exhibition.

Curators Bio:

Vijay Kumar has curated all the annual Erasing Borders exhibitions bar one. Vijay studied art at Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi, and at Pratt Graphics Center in NYC. He has showcased his drawings, prints and paintings in the U.S. and abroad. Vijay has worked extensively in printmaking techniques and currently teaches etching at Manhattan Graphics Center in NYC, where he was a founding member. His work is featured in many permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the New York Public Library (all in NYC), the William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, Connecticut, the National Gallery of Art in New Delhi, and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK. In 2002, his work received the highest prize in an exhibition of prints by the Royal Society or Painters and Printmakers in London.

Participating Artists' bios and images of their artwork:

Fareen Butt

Neil Chowdhury

Uday K Dhar

Anjali Deshmukh

Tehniyet Hussain

Samina Iqbal

Aamir Khan Tarin

Shaurya Kumar

Shobha Menon

Rahul Mitra

Indrani Nayar Gall

Kuzana Ogg

Avani Patel

Rasika Reddy

Pinku Roy-Bari

Roshani Thakore

MD Tokon

Antonio Puri

Fasth U Ahsan

Mansoora Hassan

Mhammed Bari

Minna Philips

Nidhi Jalan

Pallavi Sharma

Prince Varughese Thomas

Reet Das

Delna Dastur

Reeta Gidwani Karmarkar

Samanta Batra Mehta

Sangeeta Reddy

Sara Suleman

Sonia Chaudhary

Sunita Jariwala-Gajjar

Talha Rathore

Tara Sabharwal


Mumtaz Hussain

Nandini Chirimar

Anjali Deshmukh

Anujan Ezhikode

Kulvinder Kaur Dhew

Srinivas Krishna

Amita Chatterjee

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