20 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 generally produces unexpected and powerful results. Subject matter is often drawn from the country of origin, while many of the aesthetic values and political concerns come from the artists’ newfound situations.
Post Independence Indian artists who traveled abroad grappled with dual aesthetic concerns (modernity versus tradition), and with the complex issue of identity. These Diaspora artists had to create an authentic artistic language possessing Indian aesthetic components, as well as reconcile the issues associated with being minorities. Today’s Diaspora artists are more socio-economically and religiously diverse than their predecessors. These artists work to make themselves heard in an art world that is at once more competitive and simultaneously more receptive to non-Western art.
The 27 artists in this exhibition trace their origins to the Indian subcontinent. They grapple with diverse subject matter, and meld Indian and Western colors and forms in many media, including painting, drawing, prints, photographs, C-prints, photomontage, video, sculpture and installation.
The Indo-American Arts Council is a 501 ©3 not-for-profit arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of artists of Indian origin in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts.