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  • Right now is the most exciting time

  • to see new Indian art.

  • Contemporary artists in India are having a conversation with the world

  • like never before.

  • I thought it might be interesting, even for the many long-time

  • collectors here with us at TED, local collectors,

  • to have an outside view of 10 young Indian artists

  • I wish everyone at TED to know.

  • The first is Bharti Kher.

  • The central motif of Bharti's practice

  • is the ready-made store-bought bindi

  • that untold millions of Indian women apply to their foreheads,

  • every day, in an act closely associated with

  • the institution of marriage.

  • But originally the significance of the bindi

  • is to symbolize the third eye

  • between the spiritual world and the religious world.

  • Bharti seeks to liberate this everyday cliche, as she calls it,

  • by exploding it into something spectacular.

  • She also creates life-size fiberglass sculptures, often of animals,

  • which she then completely covers in bindis,

  • often with potent symbolism.

  • She says she first got started with

  • 10 packets of bindis,

  • and then wondered what she could do with 10 thousand.

  • Our next artist, Balasubramaniam,

  • really stands at the crossroads of sculpture, painting and installation,

  • working wonders with fiberglass.

  • Since Bala himself will be speaking at TED

  • I won't spend too much time on him here today,

  • except to say that he really succeeds

  • at making the invisible visible.

  • Brooklyn-based Chitra Ganesh

  • is known for her digital collages,

  • using Indian comic books called amar chitra kathas

  • as her primary source material.

  • These comics are a fundamental way

  • that children, especially in the diaspora,

  • learn their religious and mythological folk tales.

  • I, for one, was steeped in these.

  • Chitra basically remixes and re-titles

  • these iconic images

  • to tease out some of the sexual and gender politics

  • embedded in these deeply influential comics.

  • And she uses this vocabulary in her installation work as well.

  • Jitish Kallat successfully practices across photography,

  • sculpture, painting and installation.

  • As you can see, he's heavily influenced

  • by graffiti and street art,

  • and his home city of Mumbai is an ever-present element in his work.

  • He really captures that sense of density

  • and energy which really characterizes modern urban Bombay.

  • He also creates phantasmagoric sculptures

  • made of bones from cast resin.

  • Here he envisions the carcass

  • of an autorickshaw he once witnessed burning in a riot.

  • This next artist, N.S. Harsha,

  • actually has a studio right here in Mysore.

  • He's putting a contemporary spin on the miniature tradition.

  • He creates these fine, delicate images

  • which he then repeats on a massive scale.

  • He uses scale to more and more spectacular effect,

  • whether on the roof of a temple in Singapore,

  • or in his increasingly ambitious installation work,

  • here with 192 functioning sewing machines,

  • fabricating the flags of every member of the United Nations.

  • Mumbai-based Dhruvi Acharya

  • builds on her love of comic books and street art

  • to comment on the roles and expectations

  • of modern Indian women.

  • She too mines the rich source material of amar chitra kathas,

  • but in a very different way than Chitra Ganesh.

  • In this particular work, she actually strips out the images

  • and leaves the actual text

  • to reveal something previously unseen, and provocative.

  • Raqib Shaw is Kolkata-born,

  • Kashmir-raised,

  • and London-trained.

  • He too is reinventing the miniature tradition.

  • He creates these opulent tableaus inspired by Hieronymus Bosch,

  • but also by the Kashmiri textiles of his youth.

  • He actually applies metallic industrial paints to his work

  • using porcupine quills to get this rich detailed effect.

  • I'm kind of cheating with this next artist

  • since Raqs Media Collective are really

  • three artists working together.

  • Raqs are probably the foremost practitioners

  • of multimedia art in India today,

  • working across photography, video and installation.

  • They frequently explore themes of globalization and urbanization,

  • and their home of Delhi is a frequent element in their work.

  • Here, they invite the viewer to analyze a crime

  • looking at evidence and clues embedded

  • in five narratives on these five different screens,

  • in which the city itself may have been the culprit.

  • This next artist is probably the alpha male

  • of contemporary Indian art, Subodh Gupta.

  • He was first known for creating giant photo-realistic canvases,

  • paintings of everyday objects,

  • the stainless steel kitchen vessels and tiffin containers

  • known to every Indian.

  • He celebrates these local and mundane objects globally,

  • and on a grander and grander scale,

  • by incorporating them into ever more colossal

  • sculptures and installations.

  • And finally number 10, last and certainly not least,

  • Ranjani Shettar,

  • who lives and works here in the state of Karnataka,

  • creates ethereal sculptures and installations

  • that really marry the organic to the industrial,

  • and brings, like Subodh, the local global.

  • These are actually wires wrapped in muslin

  • and steeped in vegetable dye.

  • And she arranges them so that the viewer

  • actually has to navigate through the space,

  • and interact with the objects.

  • And light and shadow are a very important part of her work.

  • She also explores themes of consumerism,

  • and the environment, such as in this work,

  • where these basket-like objects look organic and woven,

  • and are woven,

  • but with the strips of steel, salvaged from cars

  • that she found in a Bangalore junkyard.

  • 10 artists, six minutes, I know that was a lot to take in.

  • But I can only hope I've whet your appetite

  • to go out and see and learn more

  • about the amazing things that are happening in art in India today.

  • Thank you very much for looking and listening.

  • (Applause)

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