InFlux: Contemporary Art in Asia brings together essays by leading critics and curators to examine modern and contemporary art practice and its discourses in Asia. Covering diverse regions spanning China, India, Thailand, Iran, West Asia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Tibet, and Cambodia, the book examines their multiple modernities and the arrival of many Asia's upon the contemporary art scene.
Some centers have become celebrated in the international exhibition circuit and the art market, but there is also an Asia beyond their ambit, and the book throws light upon major and minor, established and emergent geographies of art. Asia’s own internal minorities fracture any unified sense of place, and representing this diversity has become a major challenge for today’s curator.
What is the impact on contemporary art of state power and burgeoning economies, or the persistent stereotypes of Asian craftsmanship, exoticism, and religiosity or the new ones of terrorism and tourist paradise? The book aims to challenge some of these perceptions by viewing modern and contemporary Asian art not as a given field but as a project in flux, constantly under revision via art practice and curatorial interventions.
|General Introduction||Geeta Kapur|
|The Illusions and Antagonisms of Civilizational Exchange: Critical Reflections on Dismantling Asian Empires||Rustom Bharucha|
|The Elephant and The Ant: Chinese and Thai Art in the 1980s and 1990s||John Anthony Clark|
|Worlding Asia: A Conceptual Framework for the First Delhi Biennale||Arshiya Lokhandwala|
|Cartographic Necessities: Contemporary Practices and the Making of a Brave New World||Gayatri Sinha|
|Curating Barbarians: Descriptions of a Visual Practice||Marian Pastor Roces|
|Miniature, Monster, and Modernism : Curating Terror or Terror of Curating||Quddus Mirza|
|An Honest Engagement with the Pitfalls (and Perks) of the Ethnic (Rubric)||Negar Azimi|
|Retrieving the Far West: Toward a Curatorial Representation of the House of Islam||Ranjit Hoskote|
|Interrogating the Sacred: Storylines for the Self||Nancy Adajania|
|The Art of Kazakhstan as a Political Project||Valeria Ibraeva|
|Curating Across Agnostic Worlds||Geeta Kapur|
|The Untold (the Rise of) Schisms||Shaheen Merali|
|Mapping the Trajectories of Minoritarian Aesthetics and Cultural Politics||Santhosh S|
|Excavating the History of the Present: Caste as Pictorial Sign in the Works of Savi Sawarkar||Y S Alone|
|Curatorial Work as Collective Fabrication||Oscar Ho Hing Kay|
|Archival Malpractice and Counter Strategies||Charles Merewether|