Learning presents an art appreciation workshop with Curator, Cultural
Theorist and Jury Member of the 56th Venice Biennale, Ranjt Hoskote. Ways of
Seeing: Updating the Gaze (TBD) will pay homage to seminal art and culture
critic and author, John Berger.
Berger, who died earlier this year at the age of 90, has had a profound influence on the popular understanding of classical art, the visual image, the Gaze in art and modern to contemporary day advertising as elucidated in his groundbreaking ‘70s television series and book, Ways of Seeing.
Come attend this informative workshop as Ranjit revisits and updates the forms of interpretation and sensitivity that Berger proposed in Ways of Seeing, which remain relevant – and do not lose their element of surprise for new generations of viewers
Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, curator and poet. He is the author of more than 25 books, including Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), and the monographs Zinny & Maidagan: Compartment/ Das Abteil (Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/ Walther König, 2010) and Atul Dodiya (Prestel, 2014). Hoskote has translated the poetry of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). With Ilija Trojanow, he has co-authored Kampfabsage (Blessing, 2007; in English as Confluences: Forgotten Histories from East and West, Yoda, 2012). With Nancy Adajania, he is co-author of The Dialogues Series (Popular, 2011), an unfolding programme of conversations with artists. With Maria Hlavajova, he is editor of Future Publics: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art (BAK, 2015). Since 1993, Hoskote has curated 30 exhibitions of contemporary art, including two monographic surveys of Atul Dodiya (Bombay: Labyrinth/ Laboratory, Japan Foundation, Tokyo, 2001; and Experiments with Truth: Atul Dodiya, Works 1981-2013, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2013), a lifetime retrospective of Jehangir Sabavala (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay and New Delhi, 2005-2006), a historical survey of Indian abstraction, Nothing is Absolute (with Mehlli Gobhai; CSMVS/ The Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, 2013), a survey of 150 years of art by Parsi artists within the narrative of an emergent Indian modernism, No Parsi is an Island (with Nancy Adajania; NGMA Bombay, 2013-2014 and NGMA Delhi, 2016), and Unpacking the Studio: Celebrating the Jehangir Sabavala Bequest (CSMVS, Bombay, 2015). Over 2000-2002, Hoskote co-curated the trans-Asian collaborative project, ‘Under Construction’ (Japan Foundation: Tokyo and other Asian centres). Hoskote co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008) and was curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011). He served on the jury of the 56th Venice Biennale.Read more