The photographs and sculptures by the contemporary Indian artists in this exhibition provide an insider’s view of urban life in all its complexity and contradictions.
The works linger on the private and public sphere with references to family, history, art, and popular culture. Bollywood movie stars, venerated politicians, religious festivals, legendary musicians, and artists all contribute to the contemporary pantheon of Indian culture.
The artists in this exhibition pay tribute to this multitude but also contemplate stereotypes, and economic and class disparities.
This exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum. All works in this exhibition are from the Collection of Sanjay Parthasarathy and Malini Balakrishnan.
Exhibition support provided by Vijay and Sita Vashee, Mandira Virmani and Ajay Wadhawan, and Microsoft Corporation.
Additional support provided by Malini Balakrishnan and Sanjay Parthasarthy, Seema and Sudip Bharati, Manisha and Devindra Chainani, Anu and Naveen Jain, Alka and Raj Jhawar, Afshan and Amin Lakha, Dilip and Varsha Naik, Rupal Mehat and Srivats Srinivasan, Ann Pryde, Sri Remala and Viren Kamdar, Elvira and Gursharan Sidhu, Darshana Shanbhag and Dilip Wagle, Rekha and Narendar Sood, Taj Sukhija, Mala and Raman Suryanarayan, Geeta and Hemant Vyas, India Association of Western Washington, and Saffron Grill.
Reassurance, from the series Definitive Reincarnate, 2003/2006, Nandini Valli Muthiah, Indian, b. 1976, color photograph, 40 1/4 x 40 x 1 in., Collection of Sanjay Parthasarathy and Malini Balakrishnan. © Nandini Valli Muthiah