ZONES OF CONTACT: Propositions on the Museum

ZONES OF CONTACT: Propositions on the Museum

Curated by Akansha Rastogi, Deeksha Nath and Vidya Shivadas

Preview: 18th January 2013, 6:30 pm onwards

On view from 19th January – 30th September 2013

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Plot 3-A, Sector 126, Noida

This exhibition presents the museum as a site under construction, introspecting on its contours in the contemporary context of India and the Subcontinent. It takes its cues from James Clifford’s formulation of the museum as ‘Contact Zones’:  a meeting ground activated by the complex interplay of cultures and communities coming into contact and engaging with each other to construct memories, histories and social action itself.

In the context of the museum, now imagined as an active, contested public sphere, how is memory encoded? How does it create conditions for seeing that also speak of the instability and subjectivity of that experience? The exhibition constructs a dense experience of collective themes: on the changing representation of labour; on social movements and archival practices; on construction as built space and built ideas; and on cultural networks.

Privileging artistic process over the art product, the exhibition allows for dialogue on tenuous issues of identity, visibility and belonging, and inflects on the roles and systems of art production that make these conversations possible. With 14 artists and 4 projects, Zones of Contact engages with projects that present possibilities of alternate ways of producing, archiving, remembering and disseminating knowledge-systems.

According to Kiran Nadar, Chairperson, KNMA, “It is a great year for KNMA with important exhibitions at both our spaces, taking our attempts further. Continuing with our effort to experiment with different exhibition modes, KNMA has invited this unique collaboration between three young curators. ‘Zones of Contact’ offers significant insights into museum practice and different ways of collecting and archiving. It also engages with the technological landscape of its locational context at Noida. It is a great step forward.”

“Zones of Contact exhibition spans a range of practices and generations of artists, bringing them together in a provocative relationship with each other. Witnessing and participating in the process of making of this exhibition has been a journey, full of possibilities that the museum as a site opens up in South Asian context. It is with great pleasure I congratulate the three curators, Akansha, Vidya and Deeksha for their placed/misplaced propositions”, says Roobina Karode, Director, KNMA

Participating Artists: Amar Kanwar, Arunkumar H. G., Chittaprosad, Masooma Syed, Naeem Mohaiemen, N. N. Rimzon, Rakhi Peswani, Ranbir Kaleka, Ravi Agarwal, Samit Das, Sheba Chhachhi, Sudhir Patwardhan, Sumedh Rajendran, Sunil Janah and Susanta Mandal


Bhopal: Memory, Movement and Museum (The Remember Bhopal Trust and Rama Lakshmi)

Grazing (in collaboration with Abhishek Hazra, Prayas Abhinav and Kiran Subbaiah)

Layout IV (M. Pravat, Sayantan Maitra Boka and Susanta Mandal)

Sunil Janah: Ram Rahman Project

Start Date: 
Friday, January 18, 2013
End Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015