What is it?

14 Mar 2016 – 30 Apr 2016

1X1 Art Gallery

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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Portraiture becomes a trajectory of inquiry into the layers that constitute aesthetics, conceptual thought and the politics of artistic practice. 'What is it?' was Mathew Brady's travelling photographic studio that introduced the magic of the photo to rural American audiences, and is a question still asked in the realm of an art fair. Portraiture has been a constant in the vocabulary of the visual arts in subcontinent dating back to the earliest know Jain Miniatures. Western Classical academic practice introduced portraiture in colonial era art schools that dealt with the subjects anatomy and perspective but soon the practice was incorporated into forming diverse narratives that are encountered in the exhibition. 

With works by 

Bani Abidi
Bhupen Khakhar
Bose Krishnamachari 
Chittrovanu Mazumdar 
Mithu Sen 
Mohammed Kazem 
Raqs Media Collective 
Shibu Natesan 
Sudarshan Shetty 
Vikram Divecha 
Yogesh Barve 
Zied Ben Romhande 



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