Text Matters

A. Balasubramaniam l Debnath Basu and Anandajit Ray l
Anita Dube l Asim Waqif l  Baiju Parthan l
Bose Krishnamachari l C. K. Rajan l Chittrovanu Mazumdar l
Gulammohammed Sheikh l Kiran Subbaiah l Rakhi Peswani l
Ravi Agarwal l Sathyanand Mohan l T. V. Santhosh l Vidya Kamat l
Zarina Hashmi and photographs by Unknown Photographers.

5 November 2019  to  31 March  2020
The Guild, Alibaug




The Guild is pleased to present Text Matters, a group exhibition of artworks that explores ways contemporary artists have engaged language and letterforms in their practice at its Alibaug gallery. Curated from its collection and some accessed from artists, the selection includes a wide range of mediums such as paintings, prints, sculpture, mixed media artworks, photographs and artist books. The exhibition interrogates some of the fundamental aspects of the relationship between text and images in order to evaluate how images and words work when they are intersected. The curatorial pursuit of the exhibition expands further to examine how the artists have incorporated text as a means to mark their personal, social, and political concerns. 


The participating artists are A. Balasubramaniam, Debnath Basu and Anandajit Ray, Anita Dube, Asim Waqif, Baiju Parthan, Bose Krishnamachari, C. K. Rajan, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Kiran Subbaiah, Rakhi Peswani, Ravi Agarwal, Sathyanand Mohan, T. V. Santhosh, Vidya Kamat, Zarina Hashmi and photographs by Unknown Photographers. 


The exhibition is open to public since 5 November 2019 and continues until 31 March 2020.  The Guild will also host public engagement programmes around the theme of the exhibition. We will intimate about the events in the coming weeks.


About The Guild

The Guild was set up in 1997 in Mumbai, India. Since its inception, it has aimed at functioning as a semi-institutional space and has been providing a platform for discursive practices, innovation and experimentation in contemporary art. We believe in promoting critical ideas and work with artists who are engaged in critical practices in different mediums reflecting diverse perspectives in their practices. We have been engaging with artists who range from emerging and mid-career to the senior Indian artists who have brought in robust dialogue within and across the field. Our objective is to contribute to the artistic production as well as to the curatorial practices in India. We strongly believe in building an extensive scholarship through academically and critically rigorous books and catalogues authored by well-known and emerging academicians, art critics, art historians and artists – on artists and their practices that would hopefully form as an important scholarship in the trajectories of these artists and become mainstream material in the construct of Indian Art History. In December 2018 January 2019, we presented a retrospective The Earth’s Heart, Torn Out, Navjot Altaf: A Life in Art in collaboration with National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, curated by independent curator and art critic Nancy Adajania. During November 2019 – February 2020 we are presenting and supporting Walking Through Soul City, Sudhir Patwardhan: A Retrospective at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. Our current publishing projects include a book on artist-photographer Jyoti Bhatt, with an essay by Ram Rahman; two other books are at completion stage including two more in the planning; catalogues in the making are – on our past exhibitions and a catalogue of Sudhir Patwardhan retrospective at NGMA.


In 2015, The Guild opened its new premises in Alibaug, a 3,500sq. ft exhibition space amidst paddy fields and palm fronds. Since then it has hosted several important exhibitions and events.


We look forward to welcoming you at the exhibition.


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