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Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 03:04 am
Japan's new sakoku?

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Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)

The show's curator was Akiko Miki, who curates at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Mori in Tokyo. She seems to lecture mostly on 90s figures in Japanese art -- Araki, Murakami, etc. Her show at the Mori does seem to be in the mold of other shows they've had there, like Africa Remix and the Asian survey they did in 2005. I'd say she's someone formed by 1990s visions of globalisation, and maybe the Indian show reflected that.

Indian art (curated by RAKS Video Collective) was a big part of the recent Manifesta biennial in Italy. The impression it gives is quite similar to the impression Chinese art gives -- big energy and ambition, but something trashy, like recycled Pop Art going on. But we shouldn't expect nations in the grip of materialist and consumerist expansion to be all hermetic and post-materialist in their art. We shouldn't expect something like the last Documenta or Berlin Biennial to come out of India or China.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)

one of the more striking pieces in Chalo India was an artist's conception of transforming one of the most crowded parts of Bombay into a canal-ridden sort of new Venice. there were diagrams and illustrations and then a catalogue of the actual eviction notices he sent to real residents of the neighborhood and their angry and confused correspondence back to him. i found myself amused by it but then troubled. is this what countries like India and China are learning as art? glorified pranks? there's a lot of history, mistrust and discontent in India and i'd hate to see 100 Banksys replace a new age of modern art that could be more carefully cultivated.


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