Shuchi Kapila, a native of India, is assistant vice president and senior international officer of the Institute for Global Engagement and professor of English at Grinnell. She will respond to the painting “The Marriage of Rama and Sita” by Gopal Saha, relating it to the 2008 film, “Sita Sings the Blues,” considering Sita’s rejection of misogyny in society in the original story and Sita as a modern heroine in the film.
“Many Visions, Many Versions,” which continues through Dec. 10, includes works from the Gond and Warli communities of central India, the Mithila region of Bihar, and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal
The exhibition includes 47 paintings—on paper, canvas, particle board, and fabric— by 24 Indian artists.
The paintings are divided into four broad categories (myth and cosmology, nature, village life, and contemporary explorations) and demonstrate responsiveness to contemporary global concerns as well as deeply rooted cultural traditions. “Many Visions, Many Versions” is organized by BINDU Modern Gallery, and is toured by International Arts & Artists (IA&A), Washington, D.C. It is curated by Aurogeeta Das and David Szanton with assistance from curating consultant Jeffrey Wechsler.
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