Artists today have moved beyond the painted or sculpted object and the traditional 'white cube' exhibition space in their quest for new subjects, media, situations and art-making experiences. Share in some of these diverse artistic adventures with Curator, Cultural Theorist and Jury Member of the 56th Venice Biennale, Ranjit Hoskote as he holds a magnifying lens to hybrid and experimental art practices that are defining a new mainstream. Ranjit will discuss the idea of the artist as contributor and collaborator and look at interdisciplinary art practices and alternative studio concepts, through a curated audio-visual walkthrough of the work of a number of key global artists. This presentation will bring alive the artists' reinvention of the art-making process, their social and political engagements, and their commitment to interweaving ethics, technological innovation and the sense of an evolving community in their work.
Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, curator and poet. He is the author of more than 25 books, including Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), and the monographs Zinny & Maidagan: Compartment/ Das Abteil (Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/ Walther Konig, 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 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, he has curated more than 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, No Parsi is an Island (with Nancy Adajania; National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay, 2013-2014), and Unpacking the Studio: Celebrating the Jehangir Sabavala Bequest (CSMVS/ The Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, 2015). Hoskote co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008). He was curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011), and a Jury Member of the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).Read more