Kadist Art Foundation announce And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay

Kadist Art Foundation present And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay on February 7–April 23, 2014.

With Francis Alÿs, Liz Ballard, Yael Bartana, Yogesh Barve, Kemi Bassene, Judy Blum, Sachin Bonde, Kennedy Browne, CAMP, Ceal Floyer, Aurélien Froment, Grupo Etcetera, David Horvitz, Poonam Jain, Jamboys, Mangesh Kapse, Ben Kinmont, Lawrence Liang, Simon Liddiment, Scott Myles, Open Circle, Prabhakar Pachpute, Amol Patil, Rupali Patil, Justin Ponmany, Tatiana Pozzo Di Borgo, Prasad Nikumbh, Roman Ondak, Pratchaya Phinthong, Prajakta Potnis, Nikhil Raunak, Société Réaliste, Zied Ben Romdhane, Caecilia Tripp, Nil Yalter, Carey Young

Workshop at the Printmaking Studio of the Sir JJ School of Art, a pedagogical project by Aurélien Mole.

A collaboration between Kadist Art Foundation & Clark House Initiative
This association is one of a series of curatorial collaborations between Kadist’s venues in San Francisco and Paris and institutions abroad. These collaborations utilize the Kadist collection as a resource and point of departure to be articulated and contested in shifting cultural conditions. Each exhibition is developed through dialogue between a multi-institutional curatorial team.

The image of Nil Yalter above tells a history, impossible today, travelling from Istanbul to Bombay, by trains and road, crossing several national borders. The exhibition’s title, taken from a song by the Rolling Stones, is Lucifer’s amoral recount of evil in history. Mick Jagger’s ‘Bombay’ ironically conjures all the exoticism of the East for those on the sixties hippie trail.

Recalling alternatives, the economies of the social contract, of gift-exchange, and the commons, in the face of rising exclusive nationalism, And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay is an exhibition of cultural transference: how ideas travel through objects and how the meaning of artworks will change and accrue, when brought into the context of Bombay’s political and social realities, and imaginaries. The exhibition uses the Kadist collection as a starting point to open to collaborations. Works exist in situ: the travel experience, more than importing a pre-existing meaning, gives them the possibility to multiply their possible interpretations in the light of a new context. Clark House, once a shipping office, a political refuge, and an antiques’ storage—a historical place for the circulation of objects and ideas—therefore becomes a site of works in conceptual and aesthetic shift.

This exhibition is the second part of a project started in Paris in 2013 with the exhibition L’exigence de la saudade, curated by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma then in residency at Kadist.

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