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Jitish Kallat, Covering Letter, 2012. Photo: Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Jitish Kallat, Covering Letter, 2012. Photo: Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Artists Representing India at 2019 Venice Biennale Announced

India has announced that seven modern and contemporary artists will represent the country at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which kicks off on May 11. Nandalal Bose, Atul Dodiya, GR Iranna, Rummana Hussain, Jitish Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni, and Ashim Purkayastha will create work for the pavilion’s presentation of “Our Time for a Future Caring,” which will be curated by the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi.

Co-organized by the India Ministry of Culture and the Confederation of Indian Industry and commissioned by the director general of the National Gallery of Modern Art, the group exhibition will feature video, mixed-media installations, painting, sculpture, and photography that engage with the many facets of Mahatma Gandhi’s “philosophical ideas and their place in today’s complex world, in which violence and intolerance are still prevalent.”

“Gandhian values have always been an intrinsic part of the Indian ethos,” Nirupama Kotru, joint secretary of India’s Ministry of Culture, said in a statement. “Art is nothing but an expression of a nation’s culture. It is therefore befitting that in the year we celebrate 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi, we express his moral principles through art. The installations and art works at the India Pavilion in the Venice Biennale are an expression of the universal Gandhian values of truth, non-violence, compassion towards fellow beings and nature, self-reliance, simplicity, and sustainability.”