Of shadows and penumbras: A Talk with Sabih Ahmad

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Venue: Resource Room Biennale Jogja XI, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Jl. Taman Sri Wedani, 1, Yogyakarta

Time: Monday, 12 December 2011, from 6.30 pm- end

KUNCI Cultural Studies Center and IVAA, in conjunction with Biennale Jogja XI: Shadow Lines invite you to a talk with Exchange Room guest, Sabih Ahmad. The New-Delhi based researcher will explore the distinct and divergent manifestations of modernity in Asia. Within the complex history of institutional and technological apparatuses that influence our awareness and understanding of contemporary life and therein the reflections of imagined pasts, a number of concepts have become deeply embedded in the way we identify our ‘self’.

The bilateral focus on Indonesia and India in the ongoing Biennale Jogja XI: Shadow Lines presents a good opportunity to share and discuss the coordinates on which our subjectivity gets mapped in national history. There are a number of entry points into the way such an encounter between the creative impetus of the two countries can be staged:  What narratives (and whose narratives) frame national identity, historical legacies, civilizational confluence, gendered resistances, or religious reckoning? What other forms can be proposed for collective imagination?  Much in continuation with what the curators of Biennale Jogja XI have already set rolling, this informal slide presentation will take modern India as its starting point, with the hope to open up more discussions about what our contexts mean to us and how we choose to represent them (or accept their representations), if at all we do.

Sabih Ahmad completed Bachelors in Visual Arts with specialization in Art History from the M.S. University of Baroda, following which he completed the interdisciplinary M.A. programme at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU. He has been involved in doing research and archiving with art-critics and artists over the years, and his area of interest is in investigating the infrastructure and institution of Art in the country. Sabih has been Researcher for India with the Asia Art Archive since 2009. He is currently based in New Delhi.

*Free Admission

Image: Atul Dodiya, ‘Breakfast Project / Piero Pierced’ 2008, 15 Newspaper cuttings amd 15 pierced reproductions, each framed with mount and glass.  Each frame size: 58 x 41 cm ( 23” x 16” x 1¾” inch)

 

>>Of shadows and penumbras: A Talk with Sabih Ahmad

KUNCI Cultural Studies Center dan IVAA, bekerjasama dengan Biennale Jogja XI: Shadow Lines  mengundang anda ke diskusi bersama tamu Exchange Room: Sabih Ahmad. Peneliti yang bekerja di New Delhi ini akan menelusuri beragam manifestasi modernitas di Asia. Dalam kompleksitas sejarah instrumen institusional dan teknologi yang mempengaruhi kesadaran dan pemahaman kita atas kehidupan kontemporer refleksi  dan jejak-jejak masa lalu yang dikandungnya, sejumlah konsep telah tertanam ke dalam cara kita mengidentifikasi ‘diri’.

Fokus bilateral antara Indonesia dan India dalam Biennale Jogja XI: Shadow Lines menyajikan kesempatan yang baik untuk berbagi dan mendiskusikan di titik mana saja subjektivitas terpetakan dalam sejarah nasional. Ada sejumlah jalan masuk ke dalam cara membabakkan pertemuan kreatif di  kedua negara: Narasi apa dan siapa yang membingkai  identitas nasional, warisan sejarah, persinggungan peradaban, resistensi gender, atau kebangkitan keagamaan? Bentuk lain seperti apa yang dapat ditawarkan bagi imajinasi kolektif? Banyak terkait dengan  dengan apa yang telah digulirkan para  kurator Biennale Jogja XI,  presentasi informal ini akan mengambil India modern sebagai titik awal, dengan harapan untuk membuka diskusi lebih lanjut tentang apa makna konteks kami bagi kami dan bagaimana cara kami merepresentasikannya (atau memahami representasi tersebut), kalaupun kami memang berhasil melakukannya.

Sabih Ahmad menamatkan Bachelors in Visual Arts dengan spesialisasi Sejarah Seni di M.S. University of Baroda, setelahnya ia menyelesaikan program S2 interdisipliner di School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU. Ia aktif melakukan riset dan pengarsipan dengan kritikus seni dan seniman, dan minatnya adalah meneliti tentang infrastruktur dan institusi kesenian di India. Sabih menjadi Peneliti untuk kawasan India di Asia Art Archive sejak 2009. Kini ini hidup dan bekerja di New Delhi.

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