A view from Europe

Through the peephole: How to approach contemporary art from India as a curator from Europe

A lecture by Dr. Barbara J. Scheuermann, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin.

Tuesday, 2 March, 6.30 pm
CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue
Kolkata 700 019

In this illustrated talk the curator raises questions that sooner or later occur to everyone who deals with transcultural matters in the visual arts: How can one understand culturally defined aspects from a culture one hasn’t grown up in? Is it necessary to gain expertise on a certain world region in order to understand its artists? Or can one just walk over to any country and use the learned criteria and rules to judge art? How much context is necessary to understand an artwork?

The talk will be illustrated with images of the outcome of Barbara J. Scheuerman's ongoing curatorial research trip to centers of contemporary art practice in India.

Barbara J. Scheuermann is a free-lance curator and author based in Berlin, where she also heads a “BABUSCH - Project Space for Art from and about Elsewhere” in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. She has previously worked as a curator at TATE MODERN in London, where she was involve din the John Baldessari-retrospektive “Pure Beauty” as well as “Pop Life: Art in a Material World” (both in 2009). her previous positions where at: HAUS DER KUNST in Munich and K21 KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, Düsseldorf. She completed her doctorate in 2005 on narrativity in contemporary art. She has since also been contributing to various art magazines and publications.

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