Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, curator and poet based in Mumbai. He is the author of 30 books, including a biography of Jehangir Sabavala, Pilgrim, Exile, Sorcerer (Eminence Designs, 1998), and numerous monographs, among them The Complicit Observer: The Art of Sudhir Patwardhan (Eminence Designs, 2004), Zinny & Maidagan: Compartment/ Das Abteil (Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/ Walther König, 2010), and Atul Dodiya (Prestel, 2014). With Nancy Adajania, he is co-author of The Dialogues Series (Popular, 2011), an unfolding programme of conversations with artists. With Maria Hlavajova, he is editor of Future Publics: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art (BAK/Valiz, 2015).
Hoskote curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011), co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008), and was co-convenor of Documents, Constellations, Prospects (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2013). His exhibitions include Bombay: Labyrinth/ Laboratory (Japan Foundation, Tokyo, 2001), a mid-career retrospective of Atul Dodiya; Jehangir Sabavala, a lifetime retrospective (NGMA Mumbai & Delhi, 2005-2006); Unpacking the Studio: Celebrating the Jehangir Sabavala Bequest (CSMVS/ JNAF, 2015), and No Parsi is an Island (with Nancy Adajania; NGMA Mumbai, 2013 & NGMA Delhi, 2016).
‘Colours of Absence’ is a film based on the life and work of Jehangir Sabavala directed by Arun Khopkar. Khopkar is a film-maker and writer deeply engaged with the work of other artists. He shared his thoughts on the elusive…MORE DETAILS
Supported by Art Musings Artist Sakti Burman, talks to cultural theorist, Ranjit Hoskote about his art practice and his unique world of fantasy, fable and myth. Sakti Burman has embraced two cultures and created from them his own unique world…MORE DETAILS
Speakers: Rashmi Poddar, Manisha Patil, Nancy Adajania, Kaiwan Mehta, Mustansir Dalvi Convenor: Ranjit Hoskote In India the infrastructure for the arts, especially pedagogy, has been fragile at best. With a few signal exceptions, art institutions have tended to settle into…MORE DETAILS
‘Unpacking the Studio’ located Sabavala’s studio practice in the context of an evolving five-century- old history of the studio from Albrecht Dürer to Olafur Eliasson. It also, for the first time, situated Sabavala in the context of the diverse, even…MORE DETAILS
The exhibition at the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, devoted to the work of Ram Kumar, carries forward our engagement with abstract art, which has a substantial presence in the Jehangir Nicholson Collection. ‘The Futures of Abstraction', explored the potential futures of…MORE DETAILS
The event focused on the transformation of gallery practice, its contexts and directions, with special reference to the way in which some of the city's major galleries have negotiated their activity in recent years. We saw how each one has…MORE DETAILS
In this session, the speakers addressed the role that abstraction has played in a politics of utopia variously represented in diverse cultural and political contexts. The first phase of this history included the contributions of Mondrian, Kandinsky, Lissitzky and their…MORE DETAILS
An evening of poetry invited us to consider the relationships that have evolved among the various arts, and how each art has enriched the other. Specifically, the readings focused on the history of dialogue between the spoken word and the painted…MORE DETAILS
Many people feel a disconnect when they view abstract art. In this lecture, Ranjit Hoskote explored some of the consequences of the visual estrangement produced by abstraction. What form of relationship does abstraction propose with its viewership? To what extent…MORE DETAILS
The Curator, Ranjit Hoskote walked us through the exhibition ‘The Infinite Project’ that features Laxman Shreshtha’s work from the 90's upto 2008. This second phase of the retrospective was on one of India's most accomplished abstractionists, drew on the substantial…MORE DETAILS