Vision Exchange presents the work of 20 internationally recognized artists based in India and Canada. The exhibition takes its title from Akbar Padamsee’s “Vision Exchange Workshop” (VIEW), initiated in Delhi and Bombay from 1969 until 1972 to promote interdisciplinary collaboration amongst painters, sculptors, photographers, writers and filmmakers and engage with the international avant-garde.
Three overlapping tenets inform the exhibition: the reframing of historical narratives from non-Western perspectives; the foregrounding of issues of sovereignty, shifting borders and relationships with the land; as well as themes of exile, migration and diasporic realities. These interweaving curatorial interests were not established in advance, but rather a product of rich encounters with the artists and artworks, and the perspectives they share. In the original spirit of VIEW, these perspectives are offered to foster a multifaceted dialogue, international in scope, rooted in histories of place, as these continue to resonate sharply in the present.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada | Organisée par l’Art Gallery of Alberta et le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada
Presented with the assistance of Chemould Prescott Road (Mumbai), Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke (Mumbai) and Nature Morte (New Delhi).