subTerrain: Artworks in the Cityfold (Preparation)
This image captures artist Atul Dodiya during the mounting process of 'subTerrain: Artworks in the Cityfold', curated by Geeta Kapur in House of World Cultures, Berlin. In the backdrop are paintings by Bhupen Khakhar.
Regarding the exhibition, the curator writes: 'My focus is on art practice in the social, political and psychic 'subterrain' of third world 'global cities'. Here too the contemporary is an inevitable part of the deconstructed history of modernity that valorized the ambiguously masked artist and set up an elaborate masquerade around the theme of what Freud called 'civilization and its discontents'. This civilizational discourse was furthered by the revolutionary working-class history of the twentieth century and, subsequently, by the history of decolonisation that added new contours to the very idea of civilization by revealing the vast limitations of a Europe-centred universe. The latter half of the twentieth century saw the emergence of differently situated modern artists all across the third world whose acknowledged presence shaped a hermeneutic retake on the (political) unconscious of the contemporary. It necessitated the relatively privileged interlocutor – the artist – to assume the position of a conspicuously underprivileged subject of an unequal social order, and this led to reasonably located (in regional, national and third world terms) interventions in and through art.'
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