TAKE on art
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Issue 13, 2014:
The central theme of the forthcoming issue, guest-edited by cultural theorist and curator Nancy Adajania, and edited by Bhavna Kakar, is the Sacred. It deals with a complex question that people fear to address: In a society where the intelligentsia are wary of religious experience, while political forces instrumentalise religion through the politics of identity, is it possible to discuss the sacred as a source of regeneration? TAKE/ Sacred will reflect critically on the resources of the sacred and the varied interpretations it has received from artists, architects, sociologists, poets, historians, theorists and other actors in the cultural domain; the focus will be on the visual arts and their relationship to other cultural articulations. TAKE/ Sacred includes a number of special contributions by eminent Art critics,
Issue 12, 2013:
TAKE has opted the role of a surveyor of various trends that shape the process and fetishizes the act of photographing – the realisation of various modes of photography, namely fine art photography, conceptual, documentary, archival/historical, activism, gender, fashion, and advertising, and at the same time this categorical understanding has been problematised by several of our contributors. Some of the issues that have emerged repeatedly is the accessibility of the medium and its possibilities in the digital age.
Issue 11 2013:
Residencies are increasingly following a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary approach, focusing on collaborations and cultural interactions. Moreover they are informed by their location, social and environmental challenges, and intellectual and political milieu. Given this rootedness in the setting of the residency, we have attempted to cover vast grounds with a geographical approach,
Issue 10, 2013:
This issue is by no means a comprehensive survey of the topic of sculpture, but I hope it leaves you with some new ideas about the achievements thus far and the potential for sculpture in India. In a country where the climate makes it difficult to maintain any material object, does art have to be permanent? I was privileged to spend time with six artists in conversation about ephemeral sculpture.