Opening and Artist Talk: Vivan Sundaram and Deepak Ananth

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Artist talk in English
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Opening and Artist Talk: Vivan Sundaram in conversation with Deepak Ananth

7 pm Opening
8 pm Artist Talk

Vivan Sundaram (*1943 in Simla, India) is one of India’s most imprortant contemporary artists.

Permanently influenced by the 1968 movement, which he experienced as a student in England, he addresses mainly political and social issues of our time. History, memory and archive are all-encompassing themes and concerns in his work.

Sundaram initially worked as a painter and remained faithful to this medium for the first twenty years of his career. In the early 1990s he turned his attention to the artistic forms of installation, photography and video art. He was one of the first Indian artists to create installations.

With “Disjunctures/Umbrüche,“ Haus der Kunst presents a comprehensive exhibition spanning five decades of Sundaram’s work. It shows early paintings, and two sets of drawings, “Long Night” (1988) and “Engine Oil and Charcoal” (1991), that reflect on the aftermath of twentieth century wars. It also includes performative sculptures, photographs and videos. And multi-part installations, including “Memorial” (1993/2014) which confronts the spectre of communal violence in India.  

At the opening of his exhibition “Disjunctures/Umbrüche,” Vivan Sundaram will analyze his multifaceted work in a conversation with the show’s curator, Deepak Ananth.