• Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Looking for Layla, from “The Mappamundi Suite,” 2006–2007, digital collage for video projection.

    “Horn Please: Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art”

    Kunstmuseum Bern
    Hodlerstrasse 12
    September 21, 2007–January 6, 2008

    Modern Indian art represents a continuation of rather than a break with the country’s tradition of figurative narrative painting, or so this exhibition proposes. To make this case, curators Bernhard Fibicher and Suman Gopinath have selected some two hundred works from the ’80s to the present, including better-known artists—Atul Dodiya, Anita Dube, Raqs Media Collective, and Vivan Sundaram among them—and promising figures who have not yet received much exposure, such as Gigi Scaria and experimental filmmaker Ayisha Abraham. The show’s title is taken from signs on Indian rickshaws and trucks encouraging vehicles to signal when passing, the contention being that the cacophony of horns in India’s streets is emblematic of the multiplicity of voices in the country as it confronts the radical changes accompanying globalization.

    Translated from German by Susan Bernofsky.