The Guild is delighted to announce The Chaos Trilogy
I: Disorder Under Heaven, an upcoming exhibition curated by Premjish
Achari and featuring the works of Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya, Gieve Patel,
G. R. Iranna, K. P. Reji, Kumari Ranjeeta, Mithu Sen, Navin Chahande,
Pooja Iranna, Rashmimala, Sheba Chhachhi, and Sudhir Patwardhan.
will preview at our Alibaug location on Saturday, the 5th of November
from noon, and continue until the 5th of January, 2023.
The Chaos Trilogy
This three-part exhibition locates itself in the intersections of the
matrix of chaos, change, desire, and crisis that exploded after the 90s
in postcolonial India, or the period now widely identified as the
post-liberal India. Diverse literature and artistic endeavours have
mapped the social, political, economic and cultural shifts of this
period. The period has been associated as an important catalyst in the
development of contemporary art in India due to the rapid economic
shifts, compounded by access to new technological developments, access
to a globalised network of art, and the turbulent political climate that
fore grounded sectarianism and fundamentalism.
These three exhibitions open the conversations on the
chaotic situation we are embroiled in to examine the majoritarian
politics, identity formations, issues of home/homeland, citizenship, the
refugee crisis and climate change. Through these exhibitions and various
activities we bring in artists, writers and academics to make sense of
these dramatic developments to ask how should we respond to these urgent
questions: Are we witnessing a worldwide rejection of liberal democracy
and its replacement by some kind of populist authoritarianism? How have
we ended up in this situation? Where will we be in five, ten or twenty
years’ time? Is it possible to contain the global chaos and achieve a
turnaround? How could contemporary art configure the symptoms of this
chaos and would it be possible for it to forecast what lies ahead? How
will artistic identities be reconfigured in this situation where
concepts such as citizenship and nationality are under greater threat
than ever before?
Part 1: Disorder Under Heaven
The first part of the exhibition maps the history of
India from the 90s onwards to assess the social, political and economic
shifts that played a crucial role in the contemporary turbulent
situation. Apart from witnessing various political movements, the three
decades in question is also marked by important anniversaries of various
political events globally. This period is also coeval with the
consolidation of a global art network and the rise of art festivals and
biennials. This exhibition attempts to map the chaos of the three
decades visually and aesthetically. This will not be a chronological
analysis, instead, it sets out to examine the iconic moments of this
particular period to draw a connection with the present. The curatorial
attempt is to configure chaos as an important phenomenon of the last
three decades. The exhibition will aesthetically respond to the
consequences and the possibilities that arise from this chaos.
The Guild was established in 1997 with an aim to function
as a semi-institutional space within the bustling art-hub of Mumbai,
India. Since its inception, it has been providing a platform for
discursive practices, innovation and experimentation in contemporary
art. The Guild represents a roster of artists of diverse generations who
have brought in robust dialogue within and across their disciplines. The
Gallery has held major retrospectives of Navjot Altaf, Sudhir Patwardhan,
and G. R. Iranna in collaboration with premier national art centres.
The gallery has published a number of books with essays by preeminent
critics and curators on contemporary Indian artists, such as Sudhir
Patwardhan, Navjot Altaf, Jyoti Bhatt, K. G. Subramanyan, and T. V.
Santhosh, amongst others.
The Guild celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary in
2022. For this silver jubilee year, The Guild is organising a series of
critical curated exhibitions marking the trajectory the gallery, its
artists, and the Indian art world has taken in the past twenty-five
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