Vivan Sundaram: Talks & Tours „Art and Politics“ with Leonhard Emmerling

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Vivan Sundaram: Talks & Tours „Art and Politics“ with Leonhard Emmerling

Vivan Sundaram (*1943 Simla/India) belongs to a generation of artists whose work has been strongly influenced by India’s anti-colonial revolts.

As a student, Sundaram experienced London in the late 1960s, a period marked by the culmination of the socio-political rebellion of the younger generation. When he returned to India in 1970, he felt an affinity towards India’s communist party. From this perspective, he followed how India found its way into the global flow of capital and developed into one of the world’s largest economic powers. At the same time, he recognized the cracks in Indian politics and society, as communal hostilities escalated in the right-wing political spectrum and intolerance gained ground, leading to sectarian violence.

Leonhard Emmerling, director of Cultural Affairs at the Goethe Institut in New Delhi, will take a closer look at the political and socio-critical aspects in Vivan Sundaram's work during a tour of the exhibition in a discourse with Anna Schneider, a curator at Haus der Kunst.

Leonhard Emmerling (*1961) is a German art historian, art theorist and curator. Since 2016 he serves as director of the Cultural Programs Department for the South Asian Region at the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in New Delhi. He has curated numerous exhibitions, among others the New Zealand pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009, and is the author and editor of several publications. His most recent publications include Politik der Kunst. Über Möglichkeiten, das Ästhetische politisch zu denken (transcript, 2016) and Kunst der Entzweiung. Zur Machtlosigkeit von Kunst und Fremdsein. Kritik des Identitären (Turia + Kant, 2017/2018).