Lectures / Discussions

Cartographies of Meaning: Towards A Sociology of Contemporary Art

On 19th February, 2016, we hosted an engaging lecture titled 'Cartographies of Meaning: Towards A Sociology of Contemporary Art' by Professor Sasanka Perera from South Asian University, New Delhi. This was organized in conjunction with Pala Pothupitiye's exhibition 'Sri Sri Lanka' which was on at TARQ from 22nd January to 20th February.

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Interrogating notions of beauty and body image

In this article, I attempt a thoughtful engagement with some of the voices I heard in The World Before Her. These voices are not idiosyncratic expressions of random individuals. They represent varying visions not only of beauty and success but also of Indian culture and womanhood.

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Becoming Indian: An Interview with Jonathan Gil Harris

We present an interview with Jonathan Gil Harris, author of 'The First Firangis', a curious mix of autobiography, history and speculative fiction. He dips into archives, and his own bodily experience, to tell the stories of 'firangis', or foreigners, from faraway lands who moved to India and built a new life.

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This Cow, That Cow

The visual shock of Aviral Saxena's 'Holy Cow' marks a sharp contrast to Raja Ravi Varma's 'Chaurasi Dev Darshan'. Saxena imagines the body of the cow as a landfill, containing the urban waste generated endlessly by human beings. As part of his research, Saxena made numerous visits to overflowing garbage dumps in Mumbai, and listed out the various harmful objects that end up inside the bodies of cows: pins, condoms, thermocol, plastic, and more.

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Supporting Cast: The Side Sculptures at a Temple Site

Peering into what seemed like haphazardly places panels, I tried to decipher stories.

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