Galleries from around the world, including the UAE, will participate in the India Art Fair 2017, to be held from February 2 to 5 at NSIC Grounds, Okhla, in New Delhi. The fair, launched in 2008, has played a key role in developing and promoting South Asian art, and is the region’s leading platform for showcasing modern and contemporary art from Asia and across the world.
The commercial side of the fair also includes the Platform section, and a new curated section, Vernacular in Flux. Platform is designed to be a showcase for established and emerging South Asian galleries, artists and artists’ collectives, and the featured spaces this year include Dhaka based Britto Arts Trust, Nepal Art Council, Theertha International Artists’ Collective from Sri Lanka and New Delhi-based Blueprint 12. Vernacular in Flux aims to highlight the rich arts heritage of India, and will focus on the traditional Gond, Madhubani and Mysore paintings this year.
As part of its Art Projects, the fair will present 16 specially curated projects by well-known Indian and international artists such as Joël Andrianomearisoa, Mithu Sen, Thukral and Tagra, Anila Quayyum Agha, Sudarshan Shetty, Reena Saini Kallat and Francis Limérat. These will be exhibited in outdoor and indoor spaces across the venue.
Leading Indian art institutions such as Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Floodlight Foundation, Kanoria Centre for Arts and Swaraj Art Archive will also present elements of their programmes and projects specially commissioned for the fair.
The fair’s public programme includes the Film Programme and the Speaker’s Forum. The film programme, titled Art on Film, is curated by Godrej India Culture Lab with Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Sivakumar, and explores the intersection between filmmaking and the visual arts in India from the 1960s to the present. It includes films about artists as well as films made by artists.