Accepted paper:

All that Is Solid Melts into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times

Authors:

Arshiya Lokhandwala (Lakeeren Art Gallery )

Paper short abstract:

This paper draws and expands on the key issues explored in the exhibition of the same title 'All That Is Solid Melts into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times' held in Mumbai in December 2010.

Paper long abstract:

This paper draws and expands on the key issues explored in the exhibition of the same title 'All That Is Solid Melts into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times', held in Mumbai in December 2010. This exhibition marked a decade of changes that took place within the context of Indian contemporary art, by examining the effects that globalization, as the new global "empire," had on Indian artists. By alluding to Marshall Berman's seminal essay "All that Is Solid Melts into Air" (inspired from Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto), in which he defines the changing nature of modern life based on capitalism's need to constantly revolutionize itself in order to create new markets, I examine the affects through the work of nine artist from the show, including Subodh Gupta, Sheela Gowda, Atul Dodiya and Jitish Kallat. Through this investigation, my paper raises significant questions of "value," both in terms of the economic aspect as well as an ethical standpoint, which are reflective of the changes taking place in our rapidly changing Indian landscape.

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