Connecting with Collections: A Presentation of Two Museum Exhibitions | August 25, 2016 | The Park, Bangalore

IFA is delighted to invite you to Connecting with Collections, a presentation of two exhibitions Kargil: Crossroads of Trade and Culture, and atoot dor – Unbroken Thread: The Banarasi Brocade Sari at Home and in the World on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 07:30 PM at The Park, Bangalore. The presentations by curators Latika GuptaAbeer Gupta and Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan will focus on the ways in which the three curators made the collections accessible to the public, at the Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian & Kargil Trade Artifacts, Kargil and the National Museum, New Delhi.

Latika, Abeer and Suchitra received support for their projects under the Archival and Museum Fellowships initiative of IFA. Latika's fellowship was made possible with support from the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.

Latika will present Kargil: Crossroads of Trade and Culture, the permanent exhibition that she curated for the Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian & Kargil Trade Artifacts. She will speak about the curatorial process, the strategies she used to contextualise and highlight the once cosmopolitan history of the region, through the objects and legacies of the people associated with trade in Kargil.

Abeer and Suchitra will present the exhibition atoot dor – Unbroken Thread: The Banarasi Brocade Sari at Home and in the World, an exhibition they curated at the National Museum, this year. Abeer and Suchitra used a selection of Banarasi brocade saris from the National Museum collection as a springboard to explore the Banarasi sari as both a textile for personal adornment, as well as a cultural artifact produced, circulated and consumed at home and in the world.

Connecting with Collections
Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 07:30 PM
The Oak Room | The Park, Bangalore

No 14/7, MG Road, Bangalore - 560 042
(For directions, click here)

Please note that while entry to the event is free we do request you to RSVP for the event by writing to menaka@indiaifa.org

Latika Gupta studied at St. Stephen's College and the Collage of Art and is currently pursuing a PhD in Visual Culture Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. She has received fellowships from Charles Wallace India Trust and Nehru Trust for research projects, and has worked as a curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art and KHOJ International Artists' Association in Delhi, besides curating independent exhibitions.

Abeer Gupta is currently Assistant Professor, at the School of Design, Ambedkar University, Delhi. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and received his master's in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. Abeer has worked as an executive producer of features, and as a director of documentaries in Bombay. Since 2009, he has worked extensively in Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir, with oral histories, material cultures, and visual archives.

Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan is currently Associate Professor, at the School of Design, Ambedkar University, Delhi. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, with a PhD in History from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Suchitra's design practice has centred on social communication design, exploring a variety of issues ranging from women's health, child rights, primary education, minority rights, communalism, and globalisation in rural and urban India.

The Archival and Museum Fellowships at IFA give practitioners the opportunity to engage with collections, both in archives and museums, in innovative and original ways and to re-present them through a contemporary framework.

Please join us for refreshments after the presentation.