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Historica - Republican Aesthetics: Invited Curator Sumesh Sharma

15 September 2016 - 26 February 2017

Saviya Lopes / Quilt Me A Story / 2015.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Kemi Bassene, Yogesh Barve, Judy Blum, Sachin Bonde, Nandalal Bose, Ruth Clinton & Niamh Morariarty, Nadine El Khoury, Aurélien Froment, Poonam Jain, Naresh Kumar, Saviya Lopes, Aurélien Mole, Benode Behari Mukherjee, Somnath Mukherjee, Seamus Nolan, Amol K Patil, Nikhil Raunak , Krishna Reddy, Caecilia Tripp, Sawangwongse Yawnghwe - Yawnghwe Office in Exile

Considering colonisation, independence, and nationhood, Historica imagines ‘the nation’ as a conceptual project and ‘modernism’ as an aspirational value. Colonisation was based on the superiority of a nation – be that language, religion or race but does adherence to religions, languages and race define the modern democratic state? This exhibition asks whether nationalism in post-colonial societies, though democratic and secular, curbs its citizens fundamental rights of freedom such as one's right over sexuality, gender and body.

Historica considers the state's responsibility towards art and its aims, by way of the museum concept, to continue the modernism project as way to construct national identity based on a constitution.

Sumesh Sharma co-founded the Clark House Initiative, Bombay in 2010 where he presently is the curator along with being the invited curator to the biennale of African contemporary art - Dak'Art 2016, Senegal. His practice deals with alternate histories that are informed by the Black Arts movement, Socio-Economics, Immigration in the Francophone and Vernacular Equalities of Modernism.

This project is presented as part of an exciting on-going initiative, New Art at IMMA, proudly supported by Matheson, which allows IMMA to continue to support which allows IMMA to continue to support artists’ vital work in a strand of programming that recognises and nurtures new and emerging talents, new thinking and new forms of exhibition-making. 

Associated Events

Opening Gallery Talks: Invited Curators Project
Thurs 15 Sept, 11.30am – 12.30noon, Meeting Point, Main Reception
Join us for the opening of two exhibitions, The Plough and other stars curated by Kate Strain and Historica – Republican Aesthetics curated by Sumesh Sharma, presented concurrently in IMMA’s galleries. Come and hear more about IMMA’s new invited curators initiative that sees Indian curator Sharma and Irish curator Strain bring new curatorial perspectives into IMMA’s programme. In two short gallery talks both curators will introduce their individual exhibition ideas and the artist’s they have selected to be part of their IMMA project. Conversations continue over a coffee/tea reception afterwards.
Listen back to Sumesh Sharma discuss Historica - Republican Aesthetics.
Listen back to Kate Strain discuss The Plough and other stars.

Curator Lunchtime Talk Series
Friday 7 October, 1.15pm-2pm, Meeting Point, Main Reception, Free
Join Exhibition Curator, Sean Kissane, for an insightful walkthrough of the Invited Curators Project. No booking required.

Exhibition Resources

Read the exhibition guide

Watch curator Sumesh Sharma introduce the exhibition

Media Release

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