Vandana Kalra

Articles By Vandana Kalra

Joining the Dots: How artists are questioning governance systems at the National Gallery of Modern Art

Established in independent India “to acquire and preserve works of modern art from 1850s onward” and “organise special exhibitions”, among its several other objectives, this is not the first time that the functioning of NGMA is under scrutiny.

Former diplomat Deb Mukharji’s photographs capture the Himalayas over five decades

Photographs from the recent expedition, along with 74 more photographs clicked by Deb Mukharji in the last six decades, comprise the exhibition “Tall Tales from the Himalaya” that is on at India International Centre in Delhi.

‘It’s not necessary to respond to everything, but you can’t ignore things’

British artist Idris Khan on melodic layering in his work and confronting images of conflict

In its 11th edition, the India Art Fair will focus on art from South Asia and educating young collectors

In its 11th edition, the four-day fair will see participation from 75 exhibitors from across the world. While the showcase will include works by international biggies such as Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and Turner Prize-winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, the focus will be on art from the region.

Behind the Mask: Artist Pushpamala N on her new exhibition

Artist Pushpamala N on the wonders of photography, her new exhibition and why she is a trendsetter.

An exhibition at the NGMA pays homage to the iconic Dandi march

Rizwan Kadri has often discovered precious wares among the more commonplace junk on sale, but there is one purchase that is most dear to him: artist Chhaganlal Jadhav’s sketchbook chronicling Mahatma Gandhi during the Dandi March.

Art student Umesh Singh discusses the deepening farming crisis at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale

At a time when loan waivers to farmers have become a political issue, Umesh Singh, the postgraduate student of fine art at SN School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, has brought the voices of the farmers to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale though his exhibit that features in the Student’s Biennale segment of the 108-day event that began on December 12.

Eighteen artists come together for an exhibition themed around contemporary sociopolitical issues

Installed at the gallery of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, the work, titled Conceived Mirror, is nudging visitors to delve deeper into present realities just as the works of 17 other artists who feature in the exhibition titled “Voiceover”.

East and West appear in the works of Roy Thomas as an ode to the great masters

Delhi-based artist Roy Thomas was always curious to bring together his work alongside Western masters who were his inspiration. “I would always wonder what was Raja Ravi Varma thinking when he took inspiration from the West to produce these painting with Indian themes,” says Thomas.

Makers Who Matter

Taking forward the legacy of Bengal’s crafts, artist Sharmila Sen presents works that have stories to tell

‘There is not enough questioning happening’: Nathan Coley

Showing at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2007 Turner prize nominee Nathan Coley talks about his influences and the need for museums to reinvent themselves

This year saw several record-breaking auctions and women artists getting their due

While #MeToo and repatriation of antiquities were widely discussed, the year also saw several record-breaking auctions and women artists getting their due.

Kochi-Muziris Biennale has artists picking from the debris and instilling hope for a better future

This has happened as a response to the recent floods in Kerala.

Border Lines

Artists dwell on their experiences to bring voices from the margins to the fore at the Kochi Muziris Biennale.

How Kochi Biennale has expanded definitions of art

From a library of rare books to highlighting Jewish culture, the Kochi Biennale has expanded the definitions of art, reports The Indian Express.

Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Need to come together to address concerns over sexual violence, say artists

Underlying the importance of asking questions, artist Anita Dube, also the curator of the ongoing edition of the Biennale, said: “This is a space for insurrection and discussion. It is important to raise questions.”

Rear View

In the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curator Anita Dube questions accepted history.