press release

Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice
02.12.2018 - 17.02.2019

Participating Artists: Anita Dube, Anju Dodiya, Archana Hande, Desmond Lazaro, Lavanya Mani, Manish Nai, Manisha Parekh, Monali Meher, Nilima Sheikh, Paula Sengupta, Priya Ravish Mehra, Pushpamala N, Rakhi Peswani, Reena Saini Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Sharmila Samant, Shezad Dawood

Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta & Puja Vaish

The exhibition attempts to trace textile practices, traditions and histories in Contemporary Indian Art. As a medium textile, has an intrinsic meaning and context. The material’s history, its modes of production and its function as a cultural object inform its use in contemporary art practice. Textiles, both as practice and form are inextricably linked to complex histories of legitimation and hegemony, colonial trade, industry, and the freedom movement. Textiles define culture through the relationship between body, cloth, selfhood, attires, identities and fashion.

Juxtaposed with the Museum’s textile collection, the exhibition re-looks at the narratives invoked through a range of artworks. It showcases many forms of artistic practice that have approached the process of art-making by engaging ‘craft’ and ‘traditional’ practices, to address contemporary concerns.