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Professor Saloni Mathur ( Professor of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, University of California, LA) will explore the state of contemporary art in India in light of its cultural legacy.

This lecture constructs an account of radical art practice in India through two seminal figures: Vivan Sundaram, the contemporary Delhi-based artist, and Geeta Kapur, the pre-eminent theorist, critic, and curator, and most significant interlocutor of the post-1968 avant-garde generation to which Sundaram belongs. This married couple (both b. 1941) are widely regarded as veterans of socially engaged art in the subcontinent. My lecture will consider the meaning of their highly individual, parallel, and at times intersecting, contributions to the visual arts in India over the past four decades, and sketch a model of radical practice that responds, more urgently than ever, to the specific conditions of the present era.

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Saloni Mathur received her PhD. in Cultural Anthropology in 1998, and is currently Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is author of India by Design: Colonial History and Cultural Display (UC Press, 2007), editor of The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora (Yale University Press/Clark Art Institute, 2011) and co-editor (with Kavita Singh) of No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying: The Museum in South Asia (Routledge, 2015).

The Sydney Asian Art Series presents leading international voices on early, modern and contemporary Asian art. This three-year series of talks and events is co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Ideas.

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