This event will bring together several art historians with an interest in Raqib Shaw’s provocative work for an evening of lively and informal debate touching upon some of its more contentious aspects. Promiscuously mixing Eastern and Western imagery, combining visual seduction with violence and perversity, and flirting openly with kitsch and luxuriant excess, Shaw has antagonized certain sections of the critical establishment while gaining plaudits from others, and becoming one of the most successful artists on the international art scene.
Among the topics covered will be: sexuality and transgression; the complex web of references to Indian literature, visual culture, and religion; Shaw’s critical reputation and positioning within the international art world. Each of the participants will give short 10-minute presentations followed by a panel discussion with questions invited from the audience.
Dr Anirudha Dhanawade, University of Manchester.
Anirudha Dhanawade has wide-ranging interests in the architecture, literature and visual culture of modernity. He is interested in how the experience of modernization and rapid transformation is registered in contemporary Indian culture and urbanism.
Dr Natasha Eaton, University College London.
An expert on Mughal art, Natasha Eaton is also deeply involved with contemporary Indian vernacular culture and high art.
Dr Satish Padiyar, Courtauld Institute of Art.
A specialist in art of the Napoleonic era (a point of reference for Shaw’s series Of Beasts and Super-Beasts), Satish Padiyar’s writing interweaves the concerns of queer theory and art history.
Professor David Lomas, University of Manchester.
A specialist on surrealism and contemporary art influenced by it, David Lomas wrote the main essay for the catalogue of the current exhibition, in which he explores the topos of a paradise lost (the title of one of Shaw’s main series) as an index of the artist’s ‘exilic’ predicament.
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