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Performance and De-synchronization: Opening the Past in Contemporary Indian Photography

  • The Courtauld Institute of Art (map)

 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
Autumn 2015 

Sponsored by the F M Kirby Foundation

‘…in South Asia, though the future may not always look open, the past rarely looks closed’ 
— Ashis Nandy

Nandy’s observation about the productivity of the past provides a frame to position several contemporary photographic practitioners who have performed representations through diverse idioms which have recently been termed “postdating”. Approaching work by Pushpamala N, Waswo X. Waswo, Olivier Culmann, Gauri Gill, Suresh Punjabi, Naresh Bhatia and Cop Shiva this talk explores deliberately belated copies and strategies of de-synchronization which split open the past, exploring an “evasive” doubled time, in order to complicate the future.