Introduction to Art, Media and law
This section brings forth the modern and contemporary life of art and popular culture. It contextualises South Asian visual culture as part of changes within technology, digital/print cultures, legal regimes of ownership and censorship, and new ways of fashioning identities. Through a series of interviews, reviews and essays, we seek to understand the process of modernity within the visual realm from the 19th century onwards.
CC Noticeboard is a dynamic space dedicated to covering the emergent trends in contemporary art, including exhibition reviews in India and abroad, interviews with artists, collectives and curators, and topical book reviews.Noticeboard also platforms smaller practices which are manifest on social media or outside the leading art circuits of metropolitan cities. The segment acts as a monthly bulletin, providing a comprehensive overview of presentations of South Asian art in India and abroad. Subscribe to access.
Art History Project
This richly illustrated section comprises critical writing on art, architectural and religious traditions, and the decorative and folk arts of the subcontinent. Younger art historians bring fresh scholarship to their readings and analyses. Subscribe to access.
Initiated in 2019, this section is a unique attempt towards building a critical framework on museology in the subcontinent, with a special focus on generating new scholarship on museums of the 21st century. It aims to map smaller museums across India that offer opportunities to break away from the mainstream museum framework, focusing on thematic issues such as trauma, regional interests or local cultural heritage. The section includes interviews, reviews, and archival material that can be accessed by subscription.
A collection of original and archival essays on the evolving cinema industry in India, television and new age OTT platforms. It carries interviews with leading directors, writers, actors and other cinema professionals, with sections dedicated to issues of gender and documentary cinema.
CC Special Projects
Essays on sexuality, censorship, feminist and queer bodies in art. Subscribe to read more.
Writing on critical philosophical debates in the evolution of Indian art and art history. Subscribe to read more.
Curating South Asia
A compilation of essays on South Asian curatorial initiatives across the world. Subscribe to read more.
Landmarks in Indian Photography: This section has come out of dedicated research conducted over a period of more than two years. The material and insights have been compiled into a unique scrolling document with extensive illustrations, recounting the cultural history of photography in the subcontinent. It includes information regarding early practitioners and societies as well as the gradual expansion of photography as both an aesthetic and political medium. It also tracks the intersection of photography, cinema, and Indian painting. Presented in ten separate sections, the timeline extends across 150 years of photography in India. Available through institutional subscription or to individual users through a special subscription .
A repository of writing reflecting the discourse on Indian art from 1900 to the present. This includes prominent examples of art criticism in essays by John Berger, K. B. Goel, Herman Goetz, E. B. Havell, Sister Nivedita, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Mulk Raj Anand, Nihar Ranjan Ray, Octavio Paz, Nissim Ezekiel, Geeta Kapur, and more. CC Archives also includes artists' perspectives in essays by Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, M. F. Husain, F. N. Souza, K. G. Subramanyam, Satyajit Ray, Akbar Padamsee, Bhupen Khakhar, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Sudhir Patwardhan, Nalini Malani, among others.
This section is intended to act as a database of artists that have shaped the field of modern and contemporary Indian art. It includes biographies, artworks, and essays on the practice of over 150 artists.
Interviews with artists exploring their practice in depth.
Curators and Exhibitions
This section profiles leading curators and brings together reports and essays from major art events including the Kochi Biennale, the India Art Fair, the Venice Biennale, Documenta, Manifesta, and many more.
Lens Based Practices
A resource on writing on photography, its history and its
interface and overlap with other media. This section also covers the CC/Photo SouthAsia awards for writing on lens based practices.