The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

India's Biennale Effect: A politics of contemporary art

India's Biennale Effect: A politics of contemporary art
India's Biennale Effect: A politics of contemporary art
India’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been described as one of the most significant newly emergent biennales, alongside Shanghai, Sharjah and Dakar. However, aside from theoretical debates about the art biennale as a global format, very little sustained and critical attention has been given to these events as specific sites of production and reception of contemporary art. Drawing on direct engagement with the Kochi Biennale, on-going collaboration with its founders and key participants, and the incorporation of rich visual material, the book provides detailed examination of what the authors term the ‘biennale effect’ – a layered contestation of place, economics, art and politics. The book presents a close reading of the unique context of the Kochi Biennale, as well as setting out a broader critical framework for understanding global, contemporary art and its effects.


The Kochi-Muziris Biennale put India on the map of international contemporary visual culture. But the Biennial is much more than a global art event. India's Biennale Effect draws out the Biennale's greater complexity, revealing a movement of contemporary Indian citizens showing and telling their own story.
- Chris Dercon, Director Tate Modern, London


This book is more than a source for ‘India's first biennale.’ It is a thoughtful, revisionist consideration of the received accounts of "biennale culture," as it has been articulated in The Biennale Reader, and by writers such as Hans Belting, Jacques Rancière, and Nicholas Mirzoeff. D'Souza and Manghani provide a context to consider the relation between the visual and the ‘grounds of the political,’ and to articulate what it means, in Gandhi's image, to have ‘the cultures of all the lands’ blow through the house, without tearing it down.
- Prof. James Elkins, E.C. Chadbourne Chair of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


With a focus on the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, founded in 2012, India’s Biennale Effect maps the complex and shifting interrelationships among local cultural heritage, a regional art market, and global cultural circulations that define the special nature and potential role of the biennale in India.
- Ranjit Hoskote, co-curator, 7th Gwangju Biennale


While the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is rooted in site specificity, its editions are capable of addressing audiences far beyond the city in which it takes place – to places where people across the globe can have a conversation. This book is the result of such conversations, yet equally explores the various competing and complementing frames and directions through which such dialogue must flow.
- Marieke van Hal, Founder of the Biennial Foundation


More than the number of visitors or the media attention it receives, the success of a biennial should more importantly be measured in terms of its reverberations within the worldwide artist’s communities as well as by its scholarly impact. With its in-depth academic writing, both thoughtful and entertaining, India’s Biennial Effect is a testament to the latter and an important read for anyone interested in the arts.
- Dr. Thomas Girst, Head of Cultural Engagement, BMW


India’s Biennale Effect is situated at the heart of critical debates around global art history and contemporary artists’ practice. It offers an array of fascinating insights into the unique conjunction of people, place, time, politics, economics and aesthetics that constitutes India’s first Biennale.
- Frances Morris, Director Tate Modern, London
Routledge India
D'Souza, Robert E.
4f923815-daad-47ea-917a-ab871ae718c2
Manghani, Sunil
75650a9a-458d-4e1a-9480-94491300e385
D'Souza, Robert E.
4f923815-daad-47ea-917a-ab871ae718c2
Manghani, Sunil
75650a9a-458d-4e1a-9480-94491300e385

D'Souza, Robert E. and Manghani, Sunil (eds.) (2016) India's Biennale Effect: A politics of contemporary art , India. Routledge India, 292pp.

Record type: Book

Abstract

India’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been described as one of the most significant newly emergent biennales, alongside Shanghai, Sharjah and Dakar. However, aside from theoretical debates about the art biennale as a global format, very little sustained and critical attention has been given to these events as specific sites of production and reception of contemporary art. Drawing on direct engagement with the Kochi Biennale, on-going collaboration with its founders and key participants, and the incorporation of rich visual material, the book provides detailed examination of what the authors term the ‘biennale effect’ – a layered contestation of place, economics, art and politics. The book presents a close reading of the unique context of the Kochi Biennale, as well as setting out a broader critical framework for understanding global, contemporary art and its effects.


The Kochi-Muziris Biennale put India on the map of international contemporary visual culture. But the Biennial is much more than a global art event. India's Biennale Effect draws out the Biennale's greater complexity, revealing a movement of contemporary Indian citizens showing and telling their own story.
- Chris Dercon, Director Tate Modern, London


This book is more than a source for ‘India's first biennale.’ It is a thoughtful, revisionist consideration of the received accounts of "biennale culture," as it has been articulated in The Biennale Reader, and by writers such as Hans Belting, Jacques Rancière, and Nicholas Mirzoeff. D'Souza and Manghani provide a context to consider the relation between the visual and the ‘grounds of the political,’ and to articulate what it means, in Gandhi's image, to have ‘the cultures of all the lands’ blow through the house, without tearing it down.
- Prof. James Elkins, E.C. Chadbourne Chair of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


With a focus on the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, founded in 2012, India’s Biennale Effect maps the complex and shifting interrelationships among local cultural heritage, a regional art market, and global cultural circulations that define the special nature and potential role of the biennale in India.
- Ranjit Hoskote, co-curator, 7th Gwangju Biennale


While the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is rooted in site specificity, its editions are capable of addressing audiences far beyond the city in which it takes place – to places where people across the globe can have a conversation. This book is the result of such conversations, yet equally explores the various competing and complementing frames and directions through which such dialogue must flow.
- Marieke van Hal, Founder of the Biennial Foundation


More than the number of visitors or the media attention it receives, the success of a biennial should more importantly be measured in terms of its reverberations within the worldwide artist’s communities as well as by its scholarly impact. With its in-depth academic writing, both thoughtful and entertaining, India’s Biennial Effect is a testament to the latter and an important read for anyone interested in the arts.
- Dr. Thomas Girst, Head of Cultural Engagement, BMW


India’s Biennale Effect is situated at the heart of critical debates around global art history and contemporary artists’ practice. It offers an array of fascinating insights into the unique conjunction of people, place, time, politics, economics and aesthetics that constitutes India’s first Biennale.
- Frances Morris, Director Tate Modern, London

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 20 September 2016
Organisations: Research Centre, Graphics, Fine Art & Media, Winchester School of Art

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 407559
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/407559
PURE UUID: 84b6b7f3-03b0-41b6-aa00-766844079ac4
ORCID for Sunil Manghani: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6406-7456

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 13 Apr 2017 01:09
Last modified: 04 Mar 2021 02:43

Export record

Altmetrics

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×