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Boom time for young Indian artists

The artworks of many young Indian artists will be showcased at foreign art fairs of global repute.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 13:58 IST
Uma Nair (Indo-Asian News Service)
Uma Nair (Indo-Asian News Service)

Indian art is on a roll to foreign shores. Young artists are being showcased at foreign art fairs and Biennales like never before and June seems to be the month of hectic activity.

India will be well-represented at the Biennale of Sydney, Australia's largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event that is renowned for showcasing some of the most innovative and challenging contemporary art from Australia and around the world.

The 15th Biennale of Sydney is on from June 8 to Aug 27. It is organised under the conceptual framework "Zones of Contact" and features 85 artists and collaborations from 44 countries.

Participating artists from India include Navjot Altaf, Zarina Bhimji, Shilpa Gupta, Amar Kanwar, Raqs Media Collective, Ranjani Shettar and Alia Syed.

On till June 17 at Rutgers University in the US is "Rites/Rights/Rewrites" one of the first Indian women's video art exhibitions that exemplifies a strong feminist statement.

In presenting six artistic journeys of women artists, the exhibition explores the female body as a site of contestation that exists in locations that share similar post-colonial histories with India.

The exhibition recognises that the partiarchial "rites" must displace women's "rights" which would finally lead to a "rewriting" of women's histories.

The participating artists are Monali Meher, Surekha, Sharmila Samant, Darshan Vora, Shilpa Gupta and Shakuntala Kulkarni and the show has been curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala.

Artist Subodh Gupta has been short-listed for the 2006 Artes Mundi, the Wales International Visual Art Prize.

Two internationally respected selectors, Ivo Mesquita and Deepak Ananth have chosen eight artists from around the globe for Artes Mundi 2, to create a diverse and thought-provoking exhibition. Gupta, the installation and purely Indianesque-intoned artist, is among those selected.

First Published: Jun 15, 2006 13:58 IST