is the public for cultural institutions today, and how does it engage with art
beyond the passive observation of the ‘viewer’, the commodifying gaze of the
‘consumer’, and the illusory participation of the ‘spectator’?”
Join Curator, Cultural Theorist and Jury Member of the 56th Venice Biennale Ranjit Hoskote in a conversation with Cultural Theorist and Curator Nancy Adajania as they reflect on the emergence of radically new publics from contemporary crises, and the challenges they pose to artistic practices and cultural institutions. Adajania will speak from her research and work with artistic practices including those of Maha Maamoun, Ahmed Bassiony, Sheba Chhachhi, Ala Younis, Shilpa Gupta, and Cyber mohalla. The discussion will address the 2015 critical reader on contemporary art, Future Publics (The Rest Can and Should Be Done by the People), edited by Ranjit with Maria Hlavajova.
Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, curator and poet based in Bombay. 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 curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011). With Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor, Hoskote and Hyunjin Kim co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008). Hoskote was co-convenor, with Maria Hlavajova, Boris Groys and Kathrin Rhomberg, of the exhibition-conference platform Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, Prospects (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2013). In 2015, Hoskote served on the Jury of the 56th Venice Biennale, the most prestigious event in the calendar of international contemporary art.Read more
Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist and curator based in Bombay. She was Joint Artistic Director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) and has curated a number of exhibitions including, most recently, a show of video art for Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video, an ongoing series at the Jewish Museum, New York (2015). In 2013 and 2014, Adajania taught the curatorial practice course at the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. She was research scholar-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2010 and 2013. Adajania has proposed several new theoretical models through her extensive writings on media art, public art, the biennial condition, transcultural art practices, and the relationship of art to the public sphere. She has written consistently on the practices of four generations of Indian women artists. Adajania’s monograph on the feminist artist Navjot Altaf, The Thirteenth Place: Positionality as Critique in the Art of Navjot Altaf, is forthcoming.Read more