Wednesday, 14 December 2016


  “Curation As Praxis” is a two week intensive workshop being held at the Art History department, Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU. The workshop is being coordinated by Mr. Rahul Bhattacharya.

The first module focused on exploring the tentative dissertation topics of the Second Year Masters students, which became the foundation of their curatorial proposals. The emphasis was on generating a body of curatorial texts, which would become the frameworks for the final exhibition. Simultanously, the students were introduced to the theoretical aspects of curation, the various types of curation and their relevant methodologies.

The second module (currently ongoing) focuses on the practical aspects of curation. The students are engaged in designing and building a display that will culminate into a group show. At the commencement of the second module, the students exchanged their curatorial materials, with the notion that the display would benefit from a fresh and objective pair of eyes. Each curator will bring their own approach to dealing with the research material and curatorial obstacles, to create a visual representation of the idea.

The titles of the displays are:

The final exhibition, titled “Curation As Praxis: Dialogue, Identity, and Movement” will be held on the 20th and 21st February 2017 at the Faculty of Fine Arts exhibition hall.  

Wednesday, 7 September 2016


Curatorial Workshop- Notes
First module: Curation as Praxis - Research and Text
5 September 2016
Day 1, We people had a general discussion about the different kinds of curation and their relevant methodologies.
In this workshop, we are understanding the roles which a curator occupies within visual arts through various case studies.


The focus is on the research and textual aspects of curation.
  • Understanding the meaning of the object in a curatorial context; i.e.; what could be the different objects through which text can be shown.
  • Various ideas had been discussed like the relationship between spaces, objects, notions, values, and types.
  • Spaces like public space, white cube space for an exhibition.
  • The idea of value; i.e.; something related to aesthetics and ethics from which we can decide what is good or bad in context to the art object in a particular structure.
  • When the structure changes the notion of an artwork itself changes.
  • Thematic and formal aspects of curation.
  • Exploring curatorial research and the modus operandi; i.e.; what could be the curatorial research and what will the approach.
Framework of the curation
  • Space;
  • Visual time of the show;
  • Audience;
  • Understanding the curatorial texts to different kinds of texts and the methods of generating relevant communication.
At the end of the discussion; we people broke into groups in such a manner that the MVA II year art history students will be curating their dissertation topics and MVA I year students would be assisting them.

Group 1: Bilash Sardar and Gangotree Das Gupta
Topic: Early Modernism in Baroda Sculpture, in early-mid 20th century.
Idea: How the concept changes from 19th century to contemporary Baroda sculptors mainly in the essence of modernism. How the sculptural tradition is changing in the ideology, language of sculptures in Baroda school.

Feedback: Gangotree has to do independent research on this topic about the artists.

Group 2: Chitralekha Singh and Bapan Ruidas
Topic: Bharat Bhavan according to J. Swaminathan vision.
Idea: Focus is on J. Swaminathan's ideologies socio-political situation during that period (the 1980s); movement affecting his principles and Bharat Bhavan and idea of indigenous in the formation of Bharat Bhavan.

Topic: Materiality -its framework and practice. Taking Baroda as

Feedback: Search about histimeline, visuals and other artists who have been influenced byPartha Pratim.

6 September 2016

We, people had a general discussion about the significant terms of curation
  • Intertextuality: In curational aspect, intertextualilty refers to building relationship between to texts. It is a backbone of curation. In context to art, it is similiar to cross referring to history to build narrative to form a contemporary life.
    It is more like bringing visual into art history. Intertextualilty is created from past to present. Its like to frame that text can also be a visual.
    Narrative can be build by putting individual painting next to each other; and by placing certain things like:
  • Wall text,
  • Tittle of the artwork;
  • Focusing mainly on the framing of the work;
  • Technical things like how would be the lightning;

The primary responsibilities of the Curator are:
  • Care,
  • Presentation,
  • Interpretation;
  • Acquisition;

As curator's responsibility was not only to display objects but also to take care of it while taking the artwork from one exhibition; or gallery; to another. Its like curator should have intimate relationship with the objects.

  • Conflict of Interest: By this term, we mean ending up something which is against the professional ethics and interest of job.
Modes of Production By Karl Marx was also been dicussed;
  • Labour,
  • Capital,
  • Land,
  • Technology.

In group dicussions, it has been decided to search about
  • Key research concern;
  • What will they be implementing in this curation;
  • they should do their textual reading and visual analyzing;
  • What are the notion of indentity according to their topic.