[-empyre-] Welcome to empyre Week 4:Rethinking Curatorial Options: Globally
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Fri Apr 27 19:18:11 EST 2012
Dear Arshiya, dear empyreans,
Your message gives me the opportunity to switch from lurker
to writer. Thanks ! I completely agree with you regarding
the exhibitions taking place in Paris.
I saw the exhibition "les magiciens de la terre" and really
enjoyed it. I didn't saw "Paris - Delhi - Mumbai" but
I got a disapointed echo from a french relation who lived in India
and has a passion for the indian culture.
It is also incredible to refuse to visit India. What a lack of
curiosity, what a stupidity !
Which fear is hidden behind the strange idea that "to visit India
would disturb their notion of the way they visualized India".
And as far as I know the indian artists were not invited
to visit France!
Pierre Loti, Claude Farrere,... are french writers
who visited India, wrote about the indian culture and made
possible a discover of the "otherness". By the way how can you
exist without the other(s) (Julia Kristeva "Strangers to ourselves"
Columbia University Press New-York 1991) ?
I went once to India some years ago. As a visual artist I was
impressed by the colors, the scents, the sounds.
My wish was always to get this flavour again. That's why
I'm currently working on a project which should allow exchanges
between indian and french artists. Nothing is more valuable than the
discover of another culture to "de-bunk" our own mind.
All my best.
Lakeeren Gallery wrote:
> Greetings from Mumbai !
> Hi everyone,
> Thank you for your invitation to join this engaging discussion Renate
> and Tim. I do apologize for jumping in so late. I think the issues
> raised here regards the “curatorial and social considerations” that
> impact the "cultural, political, and theoretical reception of artistic
> practice," and “positioning work within the sanctioned spaces of museums
> and galleries,” is tied into each other.
> To recount this from a curatorial faux-pas /Paris- Delhi- Mumbai/( An
> exhibition between French and Indian artists), Summer 2011 at the
> Pompidou in Paris. Not sure if anyone saw it …but it was appalling given
> that /Magiciens de la Terre/ took place in the same venue 22 years ago.
> Given documenta 11 and other noted exhibitions… to see an information
> booth at the heart of the exhibit “selling India” supporting material in
> the form of maps, statistical census data and bollywood movies and
> songs…was unpalatable. Also several of the French artist refused to
> visit India as it would disturb their notion of the way they visualized
> India… was unaceptable. What is santioned within museums spaces in
> relation to our shared histories and politics in terms of “otherness”
> needs to questioned( why can’t this be a collaborative process for
> example). What head way have we made into “curating cultures” and
> de-bunking the Eurocentric gaze?
> Sorry about this rant but more to follow soon….
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