A Preview to Desolation

A Preview to Desolation” is a contemporary art show curated by Premjish at the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre featuring acclaimed Italian and Indian artists.

The exhibition imagines the contemporary as a desolate landscape, a terrain stripped of hope and peace. Quests for justice, equality and asylum have become more important than ever, but these struggles are always met with dismissal and brutal crackdown. Nine artists have responded to this topic, which is of utmost importance, through their works.

Artists: Atul Bhalla | Beatrice Pediconi | Gigi Scaria | Giuseppe Stampone

Maura Biava | Sharmila Samant | Tushar Joag | Varunika Saraf

Ankush Gupta will do a performance on 25th Friday during the preview as a response to Beatrice Pediconi’s video work titled “Alien”.

Curator: Premjish

Curatorial note:

“Don’t start with the good old days, but the bad new ones.” – Bertolt Brecht

“Bad new days” is an apt way to describe the times we inhabit. In the last few decades, unprecedented economic, political and social turbulence have resulted in a climate rife with insecurity and precarity. An undeclared state of emergency has displaced millions of citizens across the world, creating unjust socio-economic disparities. This has given rise to an atmosphere of intolerance, which thwarts any form of debate, engagement and dissent, virtues associated with a democratic society. Historic amnesia is favoured over historic memory. The human condition has become fragile; it is more insecure, fragmented, and susceptible to injustice and oppression. Our very existence has become precarious.

This exhibition uses ‘precarious’ as a conceptual category to understand the cataclysmic contemporary climate; through this it attempts to survey the vastness of this desolation and disarray. It enables us to plot the coordinates of crisis and the political conditions generated by conflicts for power.

Through this exhibition I attempt to show works which confront and respond to this situation. Its aesthetic concerns remain to address the fundamental instability caused by these ‘bad new days’. How a precarious regime of aesthetics is developing, based on speed, intermittence, blurring and fragility. It reasserts the necessity to locate the ideological foundations of Fascism and its aesthetic sensibilities, which are rooted in passive consumption. It allows this by activating and politicising art to protect the present and future from becoming a part of its political project.

–          Premjish

Preview on 25th August, 2017, 7 pm

On display from 26th August – 1st October, 2017

Visiting hours: Mon-Thu 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Fri 9:30 am-1:30 pm


Italian Embassy Cultural Centre,

50 E, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri,

New Delhi

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