The Indo‐American Arts Council’s 9th Annual Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora features work by 41 artists who confront issues like sexuality, terror, disease, the environment and racial politics through various artistic mediums like paintings, prints, installations, video and sculpture. This eclectic mix of artists is chosen by curator Vijay Kumar and is free and open to the public. The resulting works often meld Indian and Western ideas about color, form and subject. The opening reception will take place at Crossing Art Queens on March 17 from 3pm to 6pm.
“I am very pleased that this year’s Erasing Borders exhibition is able to include work by 41 artists working in a wide variety of media,” says curator Vijay Kumar. “We are able to showcase work by established artists, as well as introduce work by new young talent to a wider audience. It has been my great privilege to be part of this everwidening community of artists from the Diaspora.”
Twenty million people of Indian origin shifted countries in the 20th and 21st centuries. Implicit in the term Diaspora are the concepts of change and adaptation. Cultural dislocation can produce unexpected and powerful results. Subject matter is often drawn from the country of origin, while many of the artistic decisions and political concerns come from the artists’ newfound situations. Many artists went abroad after India’s independence from the British rule. The artists grappled with dual aesthetic concerns and with the complex issue of identity. Artists of the South Asian Diaspora are working to make themselves heard in an art world that is at once more competitive and more receptive to non‐Western art than ever before. This exhibition seeks to transcend the borders that confine and control preconceived definitions of Indian and Western art.