India at the Venice Biennale: Collateral Events From and Beyond the Nation

Querol, Nuria (2020) India at the Venice Biennale: Collateral Events From and Beyond the Nation. Journal of Curatorial Studies, 9 (1). pp. 70-89. ISSN 2045-5836

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iCon: India Contemporary (2005) was not only the first collateral event of India at the Venice Biennale, but it began as a bid to become a national pavilion – an ambition that was ultimately unsuccessful. Drawing on original research and interview data surrounding this exhibition, this article examines the collaborations and conflicts between private art institutions, artists and the state in the context of India’s participation at the Venice Biennale since the 2000s. The article foregrounds a transversal approach – that is, an analytical framework that unsettles the conventional dichotomy between national pavilions and collateral events – and demonstrates how commercial galleries and private art institutions have acquired an important role in the production and exhibition of Indian contemporary art in global biennial circuits.

Item Type: Article
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Date: 30 July 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Venice Biennale; art and globalization; collateral event; curating in India; exhibitions histories; iCon: India Contemporary; national pavilion
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Art
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA32: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Nuria Querol
Date Deposited: 18 May 2020 16:13
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2020 09:24

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