Responses to current political and cultural debates
Every four months, L'Internationale Online invites artists, curators or writers to react, reflect or assess specific subjects troubling the present. Starting October 2020, cultural theorist and curator Nancy Adajania will look at the trap of exclusivism or exceptionalism of the local provoked by COVID 19 situation which populist authoritarians are weaponizing. Adajania's texts will deal with questions of caste, ethnic and ecological issues in the past and the present, with very different implications as well as dwelling on the interplay between these political themes and artistic practices, both historic and emergent, that have been preoccupied with the same conditions and questions.
Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist and curator based in Bombay. Among her curated exhibitions are three major retrospectives: 'Don't ask me about colour: Mehlli Gobhai' (National Gallery of Modern Art/ NGMA, Bombay, 2020); ‘Walking Through Soul City: Sudhir Patwardhan’ (NGMA, Bombay, 2019); ‘The Earth’s Heart Torn Out: Navjot Altaf’ (NGMA, Bombay, 2018). She curated ‘Counter-Canon, Counter-Culture: Alternative Histories of Indian Art’ (Serendipity Arts Festival, 2019) and was joint artistic director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012). Adajania taught the curatorial practice course at the Salzburg International Summer Academy (2013-2014). She was juror for Video/Film/New Media, Akademie Schloss Solitude (2015-2017).