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IAAC's 8th Annual "Erasing Borders: Exhibition of
Contemporary Indian Art" Travels to NYC
(New York, NY – July 28, 2011) 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 curator 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. This traveling exhibition was first shown at the Queens Museum of Art in March, followed by Stony Brook University in Long Island in April. The exhibition now travels to New York City's Aicon Gallery (35 Great Jones St.) from August 16 to September 18, 2011. The media is invited to a special press preview and opening night cocktail party with the artists on Thursday, August 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
"Kali – GODS" by Srinivas Krishna
"I am very pleased that this year's Erasing Borders exhibition is able to include work by 43 artists working in a wide variety of media," says Kumar. "We are able to showcase work by established artists, as well as introduce work by new young talent to a wider audience. It has been my great privilege to be part of this ever-widening community of artists from the Diaspora."
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 43 South Asian artists including: 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. For artist bios and images, please log on to:
IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2011
Queens Museum of Art,
NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY 11368
Exhibition dates: March 19 - April 10, 2011.
Opening Reception: March 27, 2011, 2-5 p.m.

Charles B. Wang Center,
Stony Brook University, New York.
Exhibition dates: April 23-May 27, 2011
Opening Reception: TBA

Aicon Gallery
Aicon Gallery, 35 Great Jones St, NYC
Exhibition dates: August 16-September 3, 2011
Opening Reception: August 18th, 6:30-8:30 pm.

Jorgensen Gallery
Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts,
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Ct.
Exhibition Dates: September 19 - December 9, 2011
About The Indo-American Arts Council:
The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America. It is passionate about showcasing, celebrating and building an awareness of artists and artistic disciplines of Indian origin in the performing, literary, visual and folk arts. For further information please visit
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