Indian Highway – Exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery






Serpentine Gallery, London

Indian Highway
Exhibition > 22 February 2009




The Serpentine Gallery presents Indian Highway, a major exhibition and events program both at the Serpentine Gallery and off-site that spans art, architecture, film, literature, performance and dance, giving snapshot of a vibrant generation of artists working in India today. The exhibition is conceived and organised in collaboration with Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo.





Bharti Kher

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Bharti Kher
The Nemesis of Nations 2008
Bindi wall work
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Zürich London
© 2008 Bharti Kher
Installation view: Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, 10 December 2008 – 22 February 2009
Photograph: Sylvain Deleu






Presented together for the first time in a group show is the work of Ayisha Abraham, Ravi Agarwal, Nikhil Chopra, Raqs Media Collective, Sheela Gowda, Sakshi Gupta, Shila Gupta, Subodh Gupta, N.S. Harsha, M.F. Husain, Jitish Kallat, Bharti Kher, Amar Kanwar, Bose Krishnamachari, Nalini Malani, Tejal Shah, Dayanita Singh, Kiran Subbaia and Ashok Sukumaran & Shaina Anand, among others.

For the first time, the Serpentine Gallery’s exterior will be surrounded by an ambitious series of large-scale paintings depicting the history of India by legendary artist M.F. Husain.

Delhi-based multi-media artists Raqs Media Collective will curate a “show within a show” inside the exhibition and have invited documentary film-makers including Debkamal Ganguly, Ruchir Joshi, Kavita Pai & Hansa Thapliyal, M.R. Rajan, Priya Sen, Surabhi Sharma and Vipin Vijay to participate. This pioneering model of curating will be developed on the exhibition’s onward tour, starting at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo in April 2009, with a section curated by the artist Bose Krishnamachari. At each subsequent venue, a different Indian artist or group will invite their contemporaries th exhibit, brining additional views of Inidan art and allowing the exhibition to grow and develop in new and unexpected ways.





Raqs Media Collective

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Raqs Media Collective
Sleepwalkers’ Caravan (Prologue) 2008
DVD
11 minutes
© 2008 Courtesy the artist
Installation view: Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, 10 December 2008 – 22 February 2009
Photograph: Sylvain Deleu

Ravi Agarwal

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Ravi Agarwal
Kite String Maker from the series Down and Out, Labouring Under Global Capitalism
1997 – 2000
C-print
61 x 91.4 cm
© 2008 Ravi Agarwal

Subodh Gupta

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Subodh Gupta
Date by Date 2008
Mixed media installation
Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Zürich London
© 2008 Subodh Gupta
Installation view: Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, 10 December 2008 – 22 February 2009
Photograph: Sylvain Deleu






The theme of Indian Highway reflects the importance of the road in migration and movement, and the link between rural and urban communities – issues that are central to Indian life today. Works in the exhibition also make reference to technology and the “information superhighway”, which has formed a key part of India’s economic boom.

The exhibition features artists who have already made an impact on the international art world alongside emerging practitioners. Their work examines complex questions in contemporary Indian society, addressing such issues as environmentalism, sectarianism, globalisation, gender, post-colonialism, sexuality and class.






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