Erasing Borders: Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora

When 19 Jul 2014 - 16 Aug 2014
Where Crossing Art
136-17 39th Ave, Ground Floor
Flushing, NY 11354
United States
Enquiry (212) 359-4333

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 19, 4–6pm

Crossing Art is pleased to host the The Indo­American Arts Council’s (IAAC) tenth annual event, Erasing Borders 2014: Exhibition of Contemporary Art of the Diaspora curated by Vijay Kumar. This group exhibition explores and draws from the experiences of artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. Cultural dislocation often produces unexpected and profound results; memory collides with exile, culture engages with adaptation to understand the powerful and often disturbing concepts of change and assimilation. The artists confront issues of sexuality, terror, disease and multiple identities to weave together existence in a globalized context while subject matter is often drawn from the country of origin, many of the aesthetic values and political concerns come from the artists’ newfound situations. The result deserves a new “ism”, a new journey to an old destination.

Curator Vijay Kumar explains that, “the immigrant experience has been transformed in only a few generations. Living in the diaspora no longer means that family, friends and hometowns are irrevocably left behind. While some artists focus unblinkingly on global conflict and turmoil, still others explore the permutations of perspective, or a continuing fascination with wildlife in the urban jungle.”

The exhibition features works by 29 talented South Asian contemporary artists including: Niamul Bari, Shanthi Chandrasekar, Bivas Chaudhuri, Bushra Chaudry, Nandini Chirimar, Tarik Currimbhoy, Reet Das, Delna Dastur, Anujan Ezhikode, Mustafa Faruki, Sunil Garg, Reeta Gidwani Karmakar, Mansoora Hassan, Mumtaz Hussain, Smrita Jain, Renuka Khanna, Chandrika Marla, Parul Mehra, Rahul Mehra, Alka Mukerji, Nipun Manda, Avani Patel, Arun Prem, Antonio Puri, Sangeeta Reddy, Amin Rehman, Pinku Roy, Tara Sabharwal, and Md Tokon.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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