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Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram

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Completed in 2011, Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram's digitised archive of modern and contemporary Indian art brings to the public a broad range of material collected by Kapur and Sundaram since the 1960s. The collection not only documents the artwork and writings produced and published thus far during Kapur and Sundaram's prolific careers, but also documents events in India's art community over the last 50 years. The full archive will gradually be made accessible through the Collection Online. For the full collection description, please click here.  


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Vivan SUNDARAM, Remembering the Past, Looking into the Future, 2001, digital photomontage, printed by Epson Stylus Pro with Ultra Chrome K3 inks on smooth fine art paper, Epson c, 38.1cm x 53.34cm.

: Remembering the Past, Looking into the Future
: Vivan SUNDARAM
: Vivan SUNDARAM
: This work is from the Re-take of Amrita series. 

Excerpt from Vivan Sundaram, Vivan Sundaram: Re-take of Amrita, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2001:

'Umrao Singh took this remarkable photograph of himself in his study in Paris. A number of his self-portraits show him holding a magnifying glass. His pose here is reminiscent of the thinker in western art, which is often iconographically linked to the theme of melancholy. The disarray in the foreground of the photograph seems very deliberate. I bring in the other members of the family, each in her own self-absorbed state. Marie Antoinette, photographed by Umrao Singh soon after their marriage in Lahore, is reflected in the mirror reading a letter — again, a favourite theme in western painting. Indira with their cat, in the same flat, looks towards the viewer like an innocent. Amrita, looking askance, holds an interior dialogue with her father. 'I wish to return primarily in the interest of my artistic development. I now need new sources of inspiration and here you will perceive, Duci, how utterly mistaken you are when you speak of our lack of interest in India, in its people, its literature, all of which interests me profoundly and I wish to get acquainted with it,' she says, in a letter to her parents dated September 1934. Amrita’s photograph was taken by Karl Khandalavala in Bombay in 1936.'


: Digital photomontage, printed by Epson Stylus Pro with Ultra Chrome K3 inks on smooth fine art paper, Epson c
: 38.1cm x 53.34cm
: 2001
: India
: artwork documentation
: Digital photomontage, Photography, Amrita Sher-Gil
: Vivan Sundaram
: Online
: ©Free Access - no-reuse
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