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.