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Special Conference | 'Connecting Threads'


Special Conference | 'Connecting Threads'

The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum welcomes all to join us for a special conference organised in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition titled, ‘Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice’.

This a unique opportunity to hear the exhibition curators and participating artists speak about their work as well as hear expert theorists on contemporary practices and concepts, and the historic contexts associated with textile in contemporary art.

Free and open to all. Museum entry ticket applicable.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jyotindra Jain, Cultural Historian and former Director of the National Crafts Museum

Moderators: Abhay Sardesai, Editor, Art India, Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala, Art historian and curator

Exhibition Curators - Tasneem Mehta and Puja Vaish

Artists - Anita Dube, Anju Dodiya, Archana Hande, Lavanya Mani, Manish Nai, Manisha Parekh, Nilima Sheikh, Paula Sengupta, Pushpamala N, Rakhi Peswani ,Reena Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Sharmila Samant

Dr. Jyotindra Jain, Indian art and cultural historian and former Director of the National Crafts Museum, will give the keynote address. Abhay Sardesai, Editor Art India and Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala, Art historian and curator will be in discussion with the curators and artists.


2.00 pm - Registrations & tea
2.30 pm - Welcome address and introduction by Museum Director, Mrs. Tasneem Mehta
2:40 - 3:30 pm – Speaker: Dr. Jyotindra Jain (on Textile History & its Relevance: Cotton history, Colonial trade and the freedom movement)
3.30 - 3.45 pm - Q & A with the audience moderated by Mrs. Tasneem Mehta

3: 45 - 4:30 pm - Discussion moderated by Abhay Sardesai. Panellists- curators, artists and Dr. Jain
(Artists: Nilima Sheikh, Rakhi Peswani, Lavanya Mani, Manisha Parekh, Sharmila Samant, Archana Hande, Manish Nai)

This session will discuss ideas of the ‘decorative arts’, ‘crafts’ and the ‘traditional’ in the contemporary context. The use of the term ‘decorative art’ is connected with the organisation of knowledge as it developed in the Western world. In most other cultures, what are now considered the visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture etc) were considered crafts on the same level as textile weaving, ceramics and wood-working. The discussion will explore how the works featured in the exhibition deliberate on such classifications and refer to the possibilities of contemporary Indian art to straddle several knowledge systems and generate layered meanings.

4:30 - 5:15 pm - Discussion moderated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala Panellists - Curators, artists and Dr. Jain
(Artists: Anita Dube, Anju Dodiya, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Paula Sengupta, Pushpamala N, Reena Saini Kallat)

As a medium, textile has an intrinsic meaning and conveys a context. The material’s history, its
modes of production and its function as a cultural object inform its use in contemporary art.

Textiles define culture through the relationship between cloth, body, selfhood, attires and identities. This session will discuss the metaphors explored through textiles in the artists’ works, which reference personal and national histories, and identities.

5:15 - 5:30 pm - Concluding Remarks by Mrs. Tasneem Mehta

Date: 19 January 2019
Time: 2 pm to 5:30 pm
RSVP through the link in ticket URL!
Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Museum entry ticket charges applicable.

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