The Guild art gallery and Gallery WHITE are delighted to
collaborate on the inaugural exhibition of Gallery WHITE ‘Futures Present’
curated by Sathyanand Mohan - artist, writer, and presently the Head
of the postgraduate Photography program at NID.
The exhibition will be presented in two parts.
Navjot Altaf, Atul Dodiya, Suredran Nair, N. N. Rimzon, Baiju Parthan,
Sudhir Patwardhan, Anandajit Ray, T. V. Santhosh and Gulammohammed Sheikh works
are being previewed on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Ravi Agarwal, Zakkir Hussain, K. P. Reji, Ranbir Kaleka, Jitish
kallat, Abir Karmakar, Riyas Komu, Vasudha Thozhur, Vivan Sundaram,
Madhusudhanan works are being previewed on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
“Futures Present has
been conceived as a show that will encourage artists to reflect on the
uncertainties as well as the possibilities of the present. A number of
scholars have suggested that a state of permanent instability is one of the
defining characteristics of our age. They identify a number of factors that
work together in such a way that our life-worlds are in a constant state of
flux. Among other changes, the accelerated pace of technological evolution,
the world of real time media and instantaneous feedback, body-machine
interfaces and the rise of artificial intelligence, have essentially left us
without the necessary cognitive tools with which to orient ourselves in this
endlessly mutating present. As if in response to this chronic instability of
our age, over the last few decades we have also seen an exponential increase
in all manner of fundamentalisms and forms of political violence related to
In such a state of affairs, art gains renewed importance in a number of
ways. It can function as a form of critique, and help us understand the
present in all its complexity by alerting us to its contradictions and fault
lines. It can also open up possibilities of an affirmative praxis, in its
imaginative recasting of the historical vectors that make up the present; by
inventing new forms of thought and affective identification, it strives to
create new modes of community that are not based on narrow sectarian
interests. The current show is therefore an invitation to reflect on these
pressing questions that animate the present moment, as well as to critically
reflect upon the place of art and creativity in imagining possible futures
within it.” - Sathyanand Mohan
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue to be published during
Part II of the exhibition, with text by Sathyanand Mohan.
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