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Art - Amit Chaudhuri



Upcoming Event [View More]
27th October, 8 pm, a concert at the Vortex Jazz Club. [View More]
28th October, a talk at the School of Oriental and African Studies: ’Who is the Reader? Literary Activism and the Mehrotra Campaign’. [View More]
Readings at the Sydney Writers Festival on 21st, 22nd, and 23rd May: [View More]
Readings/talks related to the new novel Odysseus Abroad in and near London next week (all welcome)
The New York premiere, at the 15th New York Indian Film Festival, of the film A Moment of Mishearing, co-directed by Amit Chaudhuri and woven around his music, will take place at the Village East Cinemas – Cinema 4,181 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9.30 pm. Here are the details: [View More]
James Wood’s review of Odysseus Abroad and his overview of Chaudhuri’s work in the New Yorker: [View More]
Guardian review of Odysseus Abroad by Neel Mukherjee: [View More]
Chatting with Nicholas Wroe in the Guardian: [View More]
New essay on Joni Mitchell: [View More]

THE SWEET SHOP OWNERS OF CALCUTTA and other ideas

 

This is a debut exhibition by Amit Chaudhuri of artworks conceptualised and created by him. It sees a further extension of his interest in working across genres in a way that involves a fresh engagement with the everyday world and its uniqueness. The exhibition is arranged in three parts. Each constitutes an encounter. The first has to do with the portraits of sweet shop owners which you may or may not notice whenever you walk into a mishtir dokan, a sweet shop, in Calcutta. To confront them is to face their mystery, for the owners possess the same air that the ‘great men’ of 19th-century Bengal did. This bit of the exhibition attempts to look at the human figure in its unexpectedness while allowing oneself to be transformed implicitly by its everyday context. The second part, ‘Unusable Gifts’, comprises a particular genre: the sort of gifts we have all received at some point or the other that we have no use for. What should we do with them? The third part of the exhibition, ‘Indian Road Signs’, presents the viewer with road signs we are familiar with, except that these express directives and messages that liberate them from their usual function. The various elements of the exhibition are intended to add up to a cosmology or version of the world.

Preview at the Harrington Street Arts Centre on 4th August2018 at 6.30 pm, where the guest of honour will be the artist Chittrovanu Majumdar.

The exhibition continues from 6th to 18th August 2018, 12 pm to 7 pm (except Sundays and national holidays).