Marking two exhibition projects at IMMA: Historica – Republican Aesthetics curated by Sumesh Sharma and The Plough and other Stars curated by Kate Strain presented concurrently in IMMA’s galleries. Indian curator Sumesh Sharma introduces his individual exhibition ideas and the artist’s selected as part of his IMMA project, Historica - Republican Aesthetics.
Artists referenced; Kemi Bassene, Yogesh Barve, Judy Blum, Sachin Bonde, Nandalal Bose, Ruth Clinton & Niamh Morariarty, Nadine El Khoury, Aurélien Froment, Poonam Jain, Naresh Kumar, Saviya Lopes, Aurélien Mole, Benode Behari Mukherjee, Somnath Mukherjee, Seamus Nolan, Amol K Patil, Nikhil Raunak , Krishna Reddy, Caecilia Tripp, Sawangwongse Yawnghwe - Yawnghwe Office in Exile.
Sumesh Sharma co-founded the Clark House Initiative, Bombay in 2010 where he presently is the curator along with being the invited curator to the biennale of African contemporary art - Dak'Art 2016, Senegal. His practice deals with alternate histories that are informed by the Black Arts movement, Socio-Economics, Immigration in the Francophone and Vernacular Equalities of Modernism.
Historica - Republican Aesthetics: Invited Curator Sumesh Sharma
15 Sept 2016 - 26 Feb 2017
This exhibition asks whether nationalism in post-colonial societies, though democratic and secular, curbs its citizens fundamental rights of freedom such as one's right over sexuality, gender and body.
Historica considers the state's responsibility towards art and its aims, by way of the museum concept, to continue the modernism project as way to construct national identity based on a constitution.
This talk took place on 15 September 2016, IMMA.
Image Credits: Saviya Lopes / Quilt Me A Story / 2015.