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Feature on Catalyst Exhibition


22 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Xiamen, China

Artists: Abhijit Pal, Adhi Moolaperumal, Aishwarya Arumbakkam, Arun Vijai Mathavan, Ashfika Rahman, Azadeh Akhlaghi, Bharat Bhushan Mahajan, Kinshan Chand Hemlani, Mayco Naing, Photo Peshawar (Sean Foley and Lukas Birk), Pramod Pati, Sukanya Ghosh

Drawing upon images of personal testimony, this exhibition presented at the Jimei x Arles 2019 in partnership with Alkazi Foundation for the Arts showcased an assemblage of artists exploring interpersonal connections through community driven imperatives. The works on display presented embedded regional narratives – an emergent visual politics, moving beyond known stereotypes of identity imagery. These new juxtapositions explored aesthetic ‘positions’ around our cultural past and present, renewing empiricist claims to creatively dialogue with the popular.

Curated by: Rahaab Allana