The Matter Within
New Contemporary Art of India
Text by Betti-Sue Hertz, Nancy Adajania, Parul Dave-Mukherji, Zehra Jumabhoy.
As contemporary art in India becomes more widely recognized within the country, there has also been a growing awareness of its growth and impact internationally. The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India surveys sculpture, photography and video by Indian artists living inside the country as well as outside it. Inspired by material culture, literature, spirituality and social and political aspects of the history of the South Asian region, the volume is organized around three thematic threads that resonate from contemporary India: embodiment, the politics of communicative bodies and the imaginary. Participating artists are Ayisha Abraham, Rina Banerjee, CAMP, Nikhil Chopra, Anita Dube, Gauri Gill, Shilpa Gupta, Sunil Gupta, Siddhartha Kararwal, Dhruv Malhotra, The Otolith Group, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Pushpamala N., Raqs Media Collective, Tejal Shah, Sudarshan Shetty, Bharat Sikka, Anup Mathew Thomas and Thukral & Tagra.