Vol. 6, 2013
For this issue of ARKEN Bulletin, on the occasion of ARKEN’s exhibition INDIA : ART NOW in fall 2012, we asked a number of prominent theorists, art critics and curators to reflect on how such phenomena as migration and globalization are affecting our ways of life and how “global” contemporary art and Indian art, in particular, are dealing with these phenomena in artistic ways.
Under the theme of migration, this issue looks at central issues of aesthetic and curatorial practice, such as: How do we analyze the complex relations between migration and globalization from an aesthetic perspective? What analytical tools should be applied when art relates simultaneously to a local and a global aesthetics? What discursive frames can we employ curatorially, and what potentials and challenges do they contain? By discussing these questions, it is our hope that this publication will contribute to the ongoing development of an art-historical and curatorial apparatus that works with visual-art representations of migrant experiences and migrant subjectivity, and in turn, to the aspiring field of Migration Studies.
ARKEN Bulletin vol. 6, 2013. Migration – Contemporary Art from India (ed. Christian Gether, Stine Høholt, Camma Juel Jepsen).
96 pages. Price DKK 149.
The publication is in English.
The bulletin is sold in the ARKEN SHOP.
MIEKE BAL Cultural theorist, critic, curator and video artist. Bal is Professor of Theory of Literature at the University of Amsterdam and a founding Director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). Her research emphases include classical antiquity, contemporary art, modern literature, (inter-)cultural theory and the connection between verbal and visual art, migration and madness. As a freelance curator and video artist, Bal works especially in the area of experimental documentaries on migration (e.g., State of Suspension, 2009). Her video work on madness is a fiction based on true stories.
MARIE LAURBERG Curator at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. As a former curator at ARKEN, Laurberg was part of the curatorial team behind the exhibition INDIA : ART NOW (2012) and curated the exhibition project Utopia (2008-10), featuring solo shows by Qiu Anxiong, Katharina Grosse and Olafur Eliasson. She has published widely on contemporary art and was editor of the anthologies Utopia & Contemporary Art (Hatje Cantz, 2012) and Damien Hirst (ARKEN, 2009). She also led a research project on the art museum's potential as an active producer of contemporary culture and is currently working on a survey show of Olafur Eliasson.
SALONI MATHUR Receiving her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York (1998), Saloni Mathur is currently Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is author of India by Design: Colonial History and Cultural Display (UC Press, 2007), editor of The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora (Yale University Press/Clark Art Institute, 2011) and co-editor (with Kavita Singh) of No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying: Modalities of the Museum in South Asia (forthcoming, Routledge, 2013).
ANNE RING PETERSEN Art historian and Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Ring Petersen is coordinator of Network for Migration and Culture, an interdisciplinary research network, and has published widely on modern and contemporary art in exhibition catalogues, anthologies and journals, including Third Text, RIHA Journal and Column. Recent publications include the anthology Contemporary Painting in Context (2010) and a monograph on installation art, Installationskunsten mellem billede og scene (Installation Art between Image and Stage, 2009).
DORTHE JUUL RUGAARD Curator, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art. Juul Rugaard holds a Master’s Degree in Art History (mag.art.) from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. She has curated a large number of exhibitions on modern and contemporary art at ARKEN, including Triumph of Desire – Danish and International Surrealism (2008-09), Warhol & Basquiat (2011-12) and INDIA : ART NOW (2012-13). She is currently working on an exhibition of contemporary Romanian art. A contributor to exhibition catalogues and journals, she is representing ARKEN in the inter-institutional research and development project Museums and Cultural Institutions as Spaces for Citizenship (2010-13).
MATHIAS USSING SEEBERG Independent curator, holds a Master’s Degree in Art History and Museology (mag.art) from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010. Seeberg worked at ARKEN as a curator for two years on the INDIA exhibitions, his main responsibility to curate INDIA : FASHION NOW. He is currently employed by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, where he is curating a large interdisciplinary exhibition about the Arctic, with museum director Poul Erik Tøjner. Seeberg interviewed Rine Banerjee for ARKEN’s INDIA : ART NOW catalogue.
GAYATRI SINHA Art critic and curator based in New Delhi. Sinha’s primary areas of enquiry involve structures of gender and iconography, media, economics and social history. As a curator, her work has cited the domains of photography and lens-based work from archival and contemporary sources. She has curated extensively in India and abroad, including at the India Art Summit and the Korean International Art Fair (2009), and edited, among others, Voices of Change: 20 Indian Artists (Marg, 2010) and Art and Visual Culture in India 1857-2007 (Marg, 2009). As an art critic, she used to write a column for The Indian Express and The Hindu, and has written monographs on the artists Krishen Khanna and Himmat Shah.
CHRISTINA PAPSØ WEBER Head of the Education Department, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Papsø Weber holds Master’s Degrees in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania (MLA) and Art History (mag.art.) from the University of Copenhagen. Her main areas of work are visitor engagement and development, art education and interpretation. She is representing ARKEN in two inter-institutional research and development projects, DREAM and Museums and Cultural Institution as Spaces for Citizenship. Both projects are based on visitor participation and are partnerships between universities and cultural institutions. Her latest English-language publication is as co-editor of Konst & Publik? Visual Art and Audience Engagement (KOP, 2012).