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VISUAL TRAJECTORIES (article first published : 2006-06-17)

The exhibition, Visual Trajectories – Art from India about to open at the Durban Art Gallery, is a manifestation of the agreement on cultural cooperation between the governments of South Africa and India, with Iziko South African National Gallery (Iziko Sang) and the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in New Delhi as nodal agencies.

Curated from the permanent collection of the NGMA, the exhibition will be hosted in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. An exhibition from the Iziko Sang collection, curated by Hayden Proud, will travel to three cities in India from 2007. The intention of this exchange is to create a deeper understanding of the countries’ respective histories and art.

Visual Trajectories is descried as a “unique and distinctive pictorial language that documents and marks the evolution of visual arts in India during the last 150 years, through the works of some of the most outstanding artists of that period”.

Opening with the confluence of British Indian Art and the prevailing taste, reflecting a past that both India and South Africa have shared, the exhibition also accords due notice to the unknown Indian artists of the 19th century.

This exhibition documents some of the leading schools of thought since the early 20th century. Beginning with the Bengal school’s fascination with Indian history and myth, it traces broadly the leading engagements of Indian art, as well as the quest for modernism and use of an abstract language in the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition presents the artist’s adaptation to abstraction with distinct western and Indian elements.

Visual Trajectories also highlights some of the contentious issues that art has raised or sought to resolve in the contemporary period. The exhibition runs at the Durban Art Gallery from June 21 to July 23.




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