Call for proposals: Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice

Association of Academics, Artists and Citizens for University Autonomy (ACUA), Vadodara

Invites Curatorial Concepts for the Fourth in the Series of Five Workshops:

Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice
(An India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Bangalore initiative, funded by Sir Jamsetji Tata Trust)

Venue: University of Jammu, Jammu Tawi, India

Dates: 6th to 11th Feb. 2012.

Thematic Focus: Art in the Context of Conflicts

Concept Note: The thematic focus of this workshop has some reference to the historical situation of Jammu and Kashmir and attempts to address some of the specificities of it. At the same time, it is not restricted to the historical situations of this particular location alone. Such a restriction produces the impression that Jammu and Kashmir is an exception and that other parts of the nation and the globe are conflict-free zones. On the contrary, conflicts are not exceptions; in fact, they are the norms of our lives. Keeping in mind this broader framework, this proposed workshop is an attempt to engage with the question of art, aesthetics and politics in the context of zones of conflicts. The world conflict is not necessarily used here to denote physical or material conflicts alone; and conflicts are not looked at as essentially a negative category.

Concurrent with this, the idea of curation is imagined here not merely as a curative act in the conventional or therapeutic sense. This workshop anticipates intense debates around the questions of artistic intervention, engagement and participations in the arena of politics. A renewed understanding regarding the relationship between artistic practices and politics (or artistic practices as politics and vice versa) and the implications of it in the sphere of curatorial practices is one of the central thematics of this workshop. In fact, intense engagements with the struggles of the people and communities for justice, equity and equality can broaden and alter the idea of curation in substantial manner. Similarly, such curatorial engagements further problematize the relationship between ethics, aesthetics and politics. This workshop would also attempt to re-visit some of the important events in the history of artistic and curatorial interventions across the world, in order to conceptualize newer frameworks of the relationship between art and politics. It seeks to address the question of whether art has the potential to engage a zone of conflict in a way that is different or sets it apart from politics.

The last date for receiving the concept note, along with long and short CV with postal address and phone numbers for the Jammu Workshop:
26th December, 2011

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For details see URL: (Check the button
‘Functional Logistics’ for how to apply &mode of selection.)

Forthcoming workshops
Shillong – September 2012 & a colloquium at Delhi – December 2012

Please widely circulate this notice.

Prof. Shivaji K. Panikkar & Santhosh Sadanandan
(Project Directors for ACUA)

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