Topological 'Border' Walls in Indian Visual Art

Authors: 
Alessandra Marino
Publication date: 
November 2011
Publication type: 
Essay/Commentary

Alessandra Marino publishes 'Topological 'Border' Walls in Indian Visual Art' in the online journal Roots&Routes, Research on Visual Cultures.

Her article deals with art works performing the passage from line to zone, or reconfiguring the line as a relational network. She suggests that looking at borders as topological spaces can shed new light on art projects from India and Pakistan that do not address them only as signifiers of cut but as complex, networked structures. Referring in particular to the installations Untitled 2005-2006 and Here There is no Border (2005-2006) by Indian artist Shilpa Gupta, she explores how art can activate a process of change by operating through the linking quality of frontiers. The idea of network here stresses the relational ontology surfacing through the experience of art works.

For the full text please see Roots&Routes, Research on Visual Cultures.

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