The curated walk through intends to elucidate to the viewers the critical concerns of Archivization and Museumization, through the selection of six young artists from MSU Baroda. The artists have responded to the manifold ruptures in political, social, economical, personal and pathological spaces in contemporary times, while maintaining a strong tie with tradition.

Archival Dialogues- Revisited

The response to an art-work and its critical analysis is largely dependent on the immediate space that frames it. The aesthetics of white-cube space, however contested, still holds true for contemplation on art, in a space away from the mundane. The ‘white-cube’ has itself become an institutional identification of art, somewhat analogous to the Foucauldian idea of power in relation to archives. The re-contextualization and re-curation of Archival Dialogues would be in this dialectical mode, moving away from the Derridean notion of arkheion or physical domicile of the archive, the critical under-current of the preview at KhotachiWadi.

The exhibition seeks to bring together a group of young artists from MSU Baroda whose practice responds to the manifold ruptures in political, social, ecological and personal spaces, looking through the lens of critical discourses on Archivization and Museumization. The selection of artists is based on the notion of an archival perfomative approach adopted by them to different ends. For each of these artists, the relationship between ‘fine-art’ and craftsmanship becomes extremely important in understanding their diverse methods to a quasi-scientific museum display.

Since the moment of final execution of an art-work in the artist’s studio, it starts traveling to different spaces of display; each time offering a new set of readings, framed by the changing spatial and temporal contexts.As the curator traces the journey of these archival works of art from the academic college space to the colonial bungalow at Khotachi Wadi and now in a white-cube gallery, he re-contextualizes and re-curates Archival Dialogues in tune with the aesthetics of white-cube space, deemed significant for clinical critical analysis of art. The exhibition seeks to bring together a group of young artists from MSU Baroda whose practices respond to the manifold ruptures in political, social, ecological and personal spaces, looking through the lens of critical discourses on Archivization and Museumization.

The selection of artists is based on the notion of an archival perfomative approach adopted by them to different ends. For each of these artists, the relationship between ‘fine-art’ and craftsmanship becomes extremely important in understanding their diverse methods to a quasi-scientific museum display. Each art-work is suffused with a new lease of life against the white serene walls of the gallery, shifting from the ornate interiors of James Ferreira’s colonial Portuguese bungalow.

Looking at the dynamics of space as it functions with the artworks, the re-curation of the show, Archival Dialogues, previously shown at Ferreira House, Khotachiwadi, facilitates an additional dialogue like the title of the exhibition promises.

This reiteration of the show curated by Pronoy Chakraborty, seeks to explore the concept of museumisation and archivisation in the now, white-cube space at Priyasri Art Gallery through the work of six young artists from M.S. University, Baroda, who in their respective practices present unique perspectives on approaching the same.

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