Erasing Borders showcases Diaspora artists
A group of artists with roots in the Indian subcontinent
exhibited works that spoke of their status as exiles at the
seventh annual Erasing Borders Exhibition of
Contemporary Indian Art, presented by the Indo-American Arts Council in collaboration with New York’s
Guild Gallery, August 3 to 6.
The exhibition, curated by Vijay Kumar, featured paintings, drawings and prints, photographs, C-prints, photo
montages and videos, and sculpture and installation.
Kumar described the artists as confronting issues of sexuality, terror, disease, and multiple identities to weave
together existence in a globalized context.
Amina Ahmed, the IAAC’s director of exhibitions and
auctions, is herself an artist. But she has put aside that hat
“It’s much easier for me to do one job at a time,” she says.
Artist Urmila Mohan prefers to work with clay, having
two works displayed — a bust of a woman covered by a
creeper with flowers, and a found object suitcase covered
with cracking clay called Terra Infirma.
“It’s not just about being a visual artist; it’s more about
being a sensual artist — (asin) working with your senses,”
she says. She talks about the suitcase: “It’s about how dislo-
cation makes you unstable.”
She speaks of moving from Chennai to gain an education,
first in Ahmedabad, then in New Zealand, and finally in the
Other artists featured include Jeet Aulakh, Samanta
Batra Mehta, Nandini Chirimar, Ruby Chishti, Pritika
Chowdhry, Neil Chowdhury, Erum Chughtai, Anujan
Ezhikode, Reeta Gidwani-Karmarkar, Nidhi Jalan,
Shaurya Kumar, Haresh Lalvani, Obaidullah Mamoon,
Chetan Mangat, Urmila Mohan, Avani Patel, Pinku Roy-Bari, Talha Rathore, Rasika Reddy, Satyakam Saha, Sheena
Sood, Anjali Srinivasan, Roshani Thakore and Yetish
The artists with IAAC officials
August 12, 7 to 9 pm, also at the Guild Gallery,
actress Zenobia Shroff is to perform her one-woman show
Exotic Observations, a comic monologue about Shroff’s
experiences as an immigrant and actress in New York
Closing night, August 24, 6 pm to 8 pm, at the same
venue, the IAAC will present a book launch and a panel dis-
cussion for Krishna Reddy. Considered a master in intaglio
printmaking, Reddy has been guest professor at many top-
ranking universities in the US, and received the Padma
Shri — one of India’s top civilian honors — in 1972. He has
presented more than 200 solo exhibitions of his work
throughout the world. The Guild Art Gallery, New York, is
an offshoot of The Guild Art Galley Shalini Sawhney
founded in Mumbai in 1997.
India’s Consul General in New York Prabhu Dayal
A lady demonstrates embroidery work
Craft items on display at the Indian consulate
Indian crafts bazaar held in New York
ARTHUR J PAIS
For years, the Crafts Council of India has been facilitating visits
of artists from different parts of the country to folk art markets
across India and the world. Last month, it organized a three-day
bazaar in New York City.
The folk art market at the Asia Society, one of the event spon-
sors, not only gave the half-a-dozen artists a platform to display
and sell their craft, but also an opportunity to share their stories
and their determination to keep alive their centuries-old tradi-