Diaries, Projects, Pedagogy 1998–2018
Art Documents, under the SSAF–Tulika Books imprint, is conceived as a series of montaged text and image documents, at once archival, contemporary and contextual. Creatively introduced and edited, these books seek to present multivalent forms of discourse where there is no single thesis, and no necessary convergence of the vectors released in the process of inquiry. Geeta Kapur is Series Editor of Art Documents.
This book, based on artist Vasudha Thozhur’s project journals and pedagogical texts, is the first in the series. In her own words:
This book is a compilation of texts that were written as a response to different compulsions. As the title indicates, it contains diary entries, seminar papers, catalogue essays and excerpts from a series of nine books related to an extended project undertaken between 2002 and 2012. Woven together, as they are, it is hoped that they create a narrative which exceeds the sum of its parts.
I write, as I paint, to break the skin of the everyday, to create ruptures that provide access to dimensions of life as lived through the practice of art. Diaries and journals are passages through a kind of becoming, loops that one can enter at any time and still feel a sense of being in the present, and in truth – despite its mutations and uncertainties.