When Was Modernism
Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India
7.25 x 9.5 inches
(xvi+440) 456 pages
ISBN : 978-81-89487-24-9
A commitment to modernity is the underlying theme of this volume. Through essays that range from interpretive and theoretical expositions, the author seeks to situate the modern in contemporary cultural practice. She sets up an ideological vantage point to view modernism along its multiple tracks in India and the third world.
The essays divide into three sections. The first two sections, Artists and ArtWork and Film/Narratives, analyse the works of a selection of artists and filmmakers, raising questions of auteur, genre and features of national, as these materialize into an aesthetic within the Indian modern.
The last section, Frames of Reference, deals with broader cultural issues. The essays here formalizes polemical options that emerge from concerns developed across the book. They propose resistance to the depoliticization of the narratives, and affirm an open-ended engagement with the avantgarde. They explore the possibility of cultural practice finding its own signifying space that is still a space for radical transformation.