Reimagining Collections

From February 2017 to March 2018, Delfina Foundation launches a research initiative that explores the evolving status of collections of art and artefacts in the UK and India.

Through residencies and new commissions in relation to the notion of what a collection is, towards thinking about what it could become. Led by Aaron Cezar, the project explores the historic role of collections in the construction and affirmation of nationalist narratives, both in times of colonialization as well as independence. The project aims to consider the complexity of museological narratives today in appealing to local concerns, particularly when the collection itself emerged from an imperial interpretation of what constituted ‘locality’.

In partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum, artist Avani Tanya will undertake a joint residency in London with a studio at the museum itself.  With residency support from Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, Tanya will produce a new body of work responding to an object, or a series of objects, from the museum’s collection.

Avani Tanya will have an open studio at the V&A (Sackler Studio 1, Sackler Centre for Arts Education) and will be discussing her practice and her research on the history of the museum’s South Asian Collections.

Open studios will take place:
Friday 28 July, 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday 16 August, 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 20 September, 1pm – 4pm
Friday 22 September, 1pm – 4pm

Delfina Foundation


Avani Tanya, The Snapped Rope and Other Stories from the New Bangalore 2012

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