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Images of vibrant India to go on show at US museum

By Parveen Chopra, IANS

New York : A major exhibition of photography and video art depicting contemporary India will be showcased at Newark Museum in New Jersey from Sep 19 to Jan 6.

The show, titled 'Public Places, Private Spaces: Contemporary Photography and Video Art', comprises over 100 works by 28 photographers and video artists, reflecting the interior and exterior realities of today's India.

Photographers and artists represented include Raghu Rai, the late Raghubir Singh, Pablo Bartholomew, Vivan Sundaram, Ram Rahman and emerging talents such as Tejal Shah and Shilpa Gupta.

According to the curators, this exhibition demonstrates India's "artistic vitality arising from extreme economic shifts, the pervasive influence of the media and cultural traditions competing with globalisation".

Zette Emmons, of the museum, is the exhibition's project manager. She has co-curated the show with Gayatri Sinha, Indian art critic, and Paul Sternberger, associate professor of art history at Rutgers University, Newark .

Several India-centric events have been planned to coincide with the exhibition that will run for almost four months

Artists, scholars and writers will hold performances, screenings and readings from Oct 27-28 to explore the impact of a rapidly changing India on the global art scene.

Artist Annu Palakunnathus Mathew, whose work is featured in the exhibition, will give an arts workshop on Nov 17.

Suketu Mehta, celebrated author of "Maximum City" centred around Mumbai, will take part in the Writers' Colloquium on December 5.

A preview of the exhibition is being held at the Indian Consulate in New York on Aug 9.