Art and Ecologies on the Edge
by Maya Kóvskaya
"Starting from the Desert," with its focus on "Ecologies on the Edge," the Second Yinchuan Biennale celebrates multiplicities and complicates old formulations of centre and periphery.

28 Aug 2018

Books received

A compilation of short book reviews.

27 Aug 2018

Earth Memory: A Collective Identity of Creation

The art of ceramics is revitalised by a generation of artist-sculptors. Kristine Michael reviews the exhibition at Gallery Espace, Delhi.

27 Aug 2018

Jitendra Arya: Exposing People Digitally

Arya’s photographs are a teaser, indicating an absent white cube space between lobby photos and calendar imagery. The retrospective at NGMA, Bangalore reviewed by H.A. Anil Kumar.

24 Aug 2018

As It Is: Trading Categories for Compassion

Tejal Shah challenges conventions about gender and sexuality in the exhibition at Mimosa House, London. A review by Rhea Tuli.

24 Aug 2018


On the recent arrest and detention of Shahidul Alam in Dhaka. Responses by artists, and an appeal by SAHMAT.

09 Aug 2018

Terrain: Carrying Across, Leaving Behind

Nilima Sheikh’s Terrain: Carrying Across, Leaving Behind - unfolds like a screen scroll and a hand held muraqqa at Bikaner House, New Delhi, till July 29. A review by Gayatri Sinha.

26 Jul 2018

Graphic Testimonies

In the wake of the recent release of the second volume of First Hand: Graphic Narratives from India, John Xaviers traces the history of graphic non-fiction as an emerging genre in India.

26 Jul 2018


Mata Bharata
by Ananda K Coomaraswamy
Coomaraswamy provides a metaphorical vision of Mother India against the backdrop of its colonized history. (1907)

Archer and the Pahari Schools
by Karl Khandalavala
The writer provides an account of the history of miniature paintings as chronicled by WG Archer. (1980)

The artist who made alive the history of the Punjab
by M. S. Randhawa
On a visual narrative of Sikh history as provided by the artist Kirpal Singh. (1979)

Signatures of the avant-garde
by A.S.Raman
The essay defends the principle of the public promotion of art embodied by the biennale/triennale. (1986)

British painters in India
by M. S. Randhawa
The writer gives an account of British painters, their patronage and collection in the early nineteenth century. (1981)

Drawing the line: Censorship and the arts
by Shanta Gokhale
The essay explores the dilemma of censorship and the arts in the context of M F Husain's drawings published in 1996.

Contemporary Indian Art: A question of method
by Ajay J. Sinha
Ajay Sinha provides ground for the recent western interest in Indian art of the late twentieth century. (1999)

Manipulating Cultural Idioms
by Marcella C. Sirhandi
The writer profiles five contemporary Indian artists to "demonstrate the endurance of traditional Indian culture".

art history project


J Swaminathan and his work
by Geeta Doctor
Geeta Doctor traces the different engagements of the artist in successive phases of his career. (2001)

The Naked Object of Magic: A personal encounter with the work of Sudarshan Shetty
by Himanshu Burte
On the"juxtaposition of familiar and everyday objects, images and events" in the artist's oeuvre.(2004)

Ode to a fierce fecundity
by Sadanand Menon
On the investigation of "sensuality of memory, erasure, trace" in Benitha Perciyal's art. (2012)

Between the Lotus and the Gun
by Yashodhara Dalmia
Arpita Singh blends the mythical with the historical in her large mural Wish Dream writes Yashodhara Dalmia. (2002)

Portraits in Time
by Veeranganakumari Solanki
On Tanmoy Samanta's exploration of the subject of portraiture. (2017)

Rabindranath Tagore, Implied Painter: On the Narratology of Visual Art
by Patrick Hogan
The writer attempts to read Tagore's ambiguous paintings through the lens of "narratological discourse analysis." (2012)

The Artist and the Dangers of the Everyday: Medium, Perception and Meaning in Shilpa Gupta’s work
by Claudio Maffioletti
A perspective on the creative choices in the artist’s work. (2011)

India Inside Out: Critical Perspectives on the Work of Mrinalini Mukherjee
by Victoria Lynn
On the indigenous modernism of Mrinalini Mukherjee. (2015)


Transcendence for the Siri-ocene
by 64/1
The authors outline a philosophy to recuperate Art for the future.

The Aesthetic Concept of Rasa
by K S Ramaswamy Shastri
The writer provides an account of the rasa theory of aesthetic emotion. (1928)

The Three Forms of Art
by Abanindranath Tagore
Abanindranath Tagore contrasts the arid naturalism of modern European art with the spiritualistic bent of ancient Greek, Japanese and Indian art. (1907)

Treatment of Riti and Guna in the Dhvanyaloka
by Prakas Chandra Lahiri
The essay presents the critical interventions of the Dhvani theorists with respect to concepts of riti and guna in rasa theory. (1935)


Gold : Akshay Kumar as Bollywood’s New Hero
by Tanushree Sharma
The writer reads the recently released Gold as yet another text extolling the image of the nationalist masculine. (2018)

New Voices in Songs
by Ashwini Deshpande
On the gender ideology embodied in the changing female voice in the Hindi film song. (2015)

The Colour of Aesthetics
by Amitava Nag
A debate on the colourization of an old classic opens onto larger questions of authorship. (2008)

The Item Number
by Rita Brara
The author tracks an expansive notion of heterosexual desire in the wide circulation of the Bollywood item number. (2010)

On Kaala and Dalit Cinema
by Suraj Yengde
The writer analyses Pa Ranjith's Kaala as the latest entrant to the canon of Dalit Cinema. (2018)

Representation of the Dalit identity in Indian cinema
by Shoma A. Chatterji
Shoma Chatterji provides a map of Indian cinema's varied engagement with caste.

From Caste to Class
by P Shyma
The author examines the way in which North Kerala has been re-figured as a bastion of upper-caste Left politics in recent Malayalam cinema.

The Missing Periyar and the Curious Tamil Nationalism of Kabali
by Karthick Ram Manoharan
On the frustrated radical politics of Pa Ranjith’s 2016 film.


Pliant and Compliant: Colonial Indian Art and Postcolonial Cinema
by Gita Rajan
Gita Rajan explores how "woman is constructed but aborted from functioning as a sovereign subject in non-western contexts." (2012)

Women in Cinema Collective and the Malayalam Industry
by Tara S Nair
On the formation and relevance of the collective to safeguard the interests of women in the Malayalam film industry. (2017)

Begums of Bhopal - Saris and a scabbard

Malavika Karlekar writes of the "redoubtable" Nawab Begum of Bhopal, Sikander Begum, who skirted the restrictions of purdah society to pose for the camera.

The Sight/Site of Woman in the Art of the Forties: Reality, Realism and Representation
by Chilka Ghosh
On the representation of women in the work of the primarily male art establishment of 1940s Bengal.

‘Strong female characters’ in Hindi cinema
by Damini Kulkarni
Damini Kulkarni on the ‘burden of representation’ of women and the changing market dynamics of the Hindi film industry. (2017)

Gender, Class, and Cultural Conflict: Indu Krishnan’s Knowing Her Place

Lata Mani examines the gendered nature of conflict in the South Asian diaspora through the role of the female protagonist in the film. (1992)

Re-claiming the body

Arshiya Lokhandwala shares her thoughts on seven women video artists and the engagement with feminist themes in their work. (2005)


Kal, Aaj aur Kal

Quddus Mirza writes about museum initiatives in Pakistan over the last seven decades. (2010)

Breaking away from the past
by Quddus Mirza
Quddus Mirza on the emerging trends in the practices of Pakistani artists. (1998)


Amit S. Rai cogitates on the possibility of art recuperating a banal Indo-Pak dialectic as he responds to a show featuring Pakistani works at the Devi Art Foundation. (2010)

The Neighbourhood Project
by Deeksha Nath
On the shows by L. N. Tallur, Bangladeshi artist Mahbudur Rahman and four Sri Lankan artists involved in The One Year Drawing Project at the Devi Art Foundation.

Curating as site: the case of South Asia

CC interviews Iftikhar Dadi, art historian, artist and co-curator of the landmark exhibition Lines of Control (2012).

Shared Histories: Collective Exhibitions
by Shreya Chaudhuri
Shreya Chaudhuri examines some of the leading trajectories in the recent phenomenon of curating in South Asia.

Artists Groups and Collectives

How to Feel a Leak?
CAMP elaborates on their work, THE RADIA TAP(E)S as part of The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York Triennial (2012).

CONA: Points of Reflection
by Hemali Bhuta
Hemali Bhuta on the founding of CONA as a pedagogical structure for artists.

New Group: In conversation with Amitava Das and Mona Rai at New Delhi, April 23, 2014

Amitava Das and Mona talk about the formation of the New Group in 1974.

The Calcutta Group - Its Aims and Achievements
by Prodosh Das Gupta
Prodosh Das Gupta highlights the premise of founding the Calcutta Group in 1940.

Indian Society of Oriental Art
by James H. Cousins

Artists Conversations

Droboniyo’s Precipitate
by Sabih Ahmed
Sabih Ahmed in conversation with Abhishek Hazra on the latter's exhibition Droboniyo's Tippani Room. (2018)

A touch of the primitive
by Eunice de Souza
Bhupen Khakhar in conversation with Eunice de Souza. (1971)

The Medium and its Message
by Eunice de Souza
Vivan Sundaram talks about painting in the time of cinema, in this interview with Eunice de Souza. (1979)

Meeting Ground
by Anjum Singh & Manisha Parekh
On the heels of recent solo shows, Anjum Singh and Manisha Parekh discuss their early influences and praxis. (2000)

A Dialogue with Sankho Chaudhuri: The Act of Sculpting has to be fulfilled
by Prayag Shukla
Prayag Shukla in conversation with Sankho Chaudhuri on the emerging trends in modern Indian sculpture. (1955)

In conversation
by Abhishek Hazra
Riyas Komu talks to Abhishek Hazra on the explicit political choices in his work. (2006)

In conversation
by Ashrafi S Bhagat
Benitha Perciyal shares insights about her practice and unusual choice of materials. (2011)

Curators and Exhibitions

The Body Redux: A Curator’s Post-script on Exhibiting India
by Naman Ahuja
On the continuum between classical and contemporary art and multiple strands of Indian art history in the exhibition.

crossing generations: diVERGE
by Chaitanya Sambrani
The essay offers perspective on the exhibition curated by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambrani.

After Dark
by Gayatri Sinha
An exhibition curated on the axis of a globalising India and the artist's response to violence in Indian polity.

“Aesthetic Bind”
by Saloni Mathur
On the series of five exhibitions curated by Geeta Kapur to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Gallery Chemould. (2014)

by Gayatri Sinha

Ideas of the Sublime
by Gayatri Sinha

Lens Based Practices

Photographer’s Dilemma - Making stylistic choices
by Malavika Karlekar
On the early development of Indian photography towards both realist and artistic modes. (2012)

The Tresidder Album:A Case Study of a Private Ethnography
by Rashmi Viswanathan
On the emergence of the photograph as "ethnological register" in a case study of the Tresidder Album. (2016)

Sea of Files
by Aveek Sen
"The piles grew and grew until they turned into a sea of files, at the centre of which I would sit." An excerpt from the life of Nony Singh, "the archivist." (2013)

The Partition of the Indian Subcontinent Seen through Margaret Bourke-White’s Photographic Essay ‘The Great Migration: Five Million Indians Flee for Their Lives’
by Dilpreet Bhullar
Dilpreet Bhullar reads Bourke-White's photo-essay published in LIFE through the twin epistemic frameworks of Partition studies and 20th-century documentary realism. (2012)

Invented Worlds: India through the camera lens of Waswo X. Waswo
by Curtis L. Carter
On questions of 'domination and exploitation' through a postcolonial reading of Waswo's body of work. (2007)

A Proposition for Departure
by Sohrab Hura
The photograph is an index of intimacy rather than truth. The artist in his own words. (2017)

Portraiture: A new personal approach
by Sam. B Tata
On a new approach to straight photography. (1951)