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Knma endeavors to become a space for confluence and its publications are a corroboration of that vision for posterity. They underscore the drive of this department to come out with well researched books after each exhibition which act as reservoirs of in-depth information to scholars, students, and art lovers alike. Since its inception in 2010, the Knma publications department has published many titles including exhibition catalogues that uphold the creative energy of the publication program.
The catalogue for Nalini Malani’s retrospective You can’t keep acid in a paper bag acts as a composite overview of her art practice stretched over a period of five decades. Her art has always originated from socio political and environmental issues brimming around her which she uses as subjects for her works.
The catalogue delineates in some detail the three-part retrospective which captures her journey as a radical and experimental artist, always engrossed with using the most unconventional material, media and formats. It further includes images and short pieces of the artist’s three important works, the first titled Utopia, Malani’s first project based installation which addresses the incongruities of the utopian concept, the second titled Mother India which addresses sectarian violence and violence against women during 1946 and 2002, and the third titled Cassandra which redefines the archetypal roles of women in different cultures.
The self in making, Amrita Sher-Gil delineates the way her maturity was tied up with deep self-awareness of her artistic persona as well as her identity as a modern woman. Through the rich selection of images chosen from her trajectory, a glimpse is offered into how this self-realization engendered her several self-portraits since the age of fourteen.
The publication illustrates how the ease with which she slipped into a traditional garb from a modern one or switched roles which were different from the ones she was used to, gives us a clue of the way her personal life influenced her creations. The curatorial note by Roobina Karode and the extensive essay by Rakhee Balram expound how in her self-portraits, she fused together varied moods and moments with a masterly skill and imbued them with meaning.
Zones of Contact: Prepositions on the Museum deliberates upon the museum as a site under construction, its contours still being defined and evaluated in the present day scenario. Brought out alongside the exhibition, this catalogue encloses images and write-ups on the artworks that were showcased, and through them reflects on museum as a site of confluence where varied cultures and communities come together along with their beliefs and ideologies to generate new vocabularies, memories and histories.
By questioning the position of memory in this contested and activated public space, the catalogue brings together myriad themes concerned with fast paced changing socio political realities of the present times. The texts by the curators, Akansha Rastogi, Deeksha Nath and Vidya Shivdas along with contributions by artists assist in throwing light on how the artworks respond to each other and to the exhibition as a whole.
Crossings: Time Unfolded II captures the spirit of the exhibition which attempted to comprehend the fast changing world and its people’s distinct experiences of the temporal. Following in the footsteps of the exhibition, the catalogue abandons the chronology altogether, to intersect diverse yet interrelated realties across time and strikes a conversation among different artists belonging to different generations. Using this mode of viewing, the crossings that artists make become evident. This de-centered approach results in questioning the stability of any singular position. It further helps to build historical tangential points for the viewing and making of certain visual languages and vocabularies.
The catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition that was curated by Roobina Karode. The pages contain images of the artworks grouped together in individually titled sections. Short pieces providing details of the background of the artists as well as information about their influences and artistic journeys accompany the images.