The Chaos Trilogy Part II:
Aliens in a Foreign Land

Curated by Premjish Achari

Achia Anzi, Navjot Altaf, Rakhi Peswani,
Ram Rahman, Kumari Ranjeeta, Sumedh Rajendran,
T. V. Santhosh, Vivan Sundaram and Zakkir Hussain

The Guild

19 March to 11 June 2023

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The Guild is delighted to announce The Chaos Trilogy II: Aliens in a Foreign Land, an upcoming exhibition curated by Premjish Achari and featuring the works of Achia Anzi, Navjot Altaf, Rakhi Peswani, Ram Rahman, Kumari Ranjeeta, Sumedh Rajendran, T.V. Santhosh, Vivan Sundaram and Zakkir Hussain.

The exhibition will preview at our Alibaug location on Saturday, the 18th of March, at noon.

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 foregrounded 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 great threat than never before?

Part 2: Aliens in a Foreign Land

One of the important consequences of the political chaos since the ’90s was the consolidation of Hindutva populist politics and along with it various political formations that foregrounded identity as an important trope. Questions of belonging, home, homeland, and who does not belong became an important part of the everyday political discourse. The concept of citizenship became fragile and in their own country, many citizens became aliens. Even though recent protests have exposed the fragility in constitutionally guaranteed citizenship and equal rights for all, they have not been able to successfully propose possibilities to reimagine the idea of citizenship, politics of asylum and creative intervention that cuts across geographical borders.

The trope of home and homelessness is an important subject in the art exhibitions of the last few decades. This exhibition will create an important dialogue on alienation and belonging to reconfigure the role of artists in reimagining inclusive politics.

About The Guild

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 artists of diverse generations who have brought in robust dialogue within and across their disciplines. The Gallery has held major retrospectives of K. P. Reji, Sudhir Patwardhan, Navjot Altaf 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, A. Ramachandran and T. V. Santhosh, amongst others.

For more details, please contact us at:

theguildart@gmail.com, teamattheguild2@gmail.com





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