30th November 2017 – 4th March 2018
The Drawing Room,
Unit 8 Rich Estate,
46 Willow Walk,
London SE1 5SF
Everything we do is music, curated by Shanay Jhaveri, traces a long history, from early Indian miniature paintings (Ragamalas) through to drawings, animations and video works from the present day. Including works by pivotal Indian and Pakistani artists such as Nasreen Mohamedi and Lala Rukh, the exhibition will feature a number of works previously unseen in the UK. It will present newly commissioned pieces by Michael Müller and Sarnath Banerjee alongside works by contemporary artists such as Prabhavathi Meppayil, Shahzia Sikander and Dayanita Singh . The exhibition will also explore the influence of Indian classical music on important American artists such as Lee Mullican and Marian Zazeela, and its wider influence on western popular and counterculture.
Whilst the range of approaches represented in the exhibition are diverse, drawing and mark making form the core of each artists’ response to music – journeying from the figurative and graphic to the abstract and performative.
In Everything we do is music, figurative approaches start with the miniature Indian paintings known as the Ragamalas (a genre emerging in the second half of the 15th century, in which an attempt is made to capture an associated mood or character of raga through a staged tableau). These continue with Mohan Samant’s vibrant drawings of musicians and Shahzia Sikander’s animation Disruption as Rapture, whilst Sarnath Banerjee will make a new set of commissioned figurative drawings.
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Image: Shahzia Sikander, Disruption as Rapture, 2016. HD video animation with 7.1 surround sound. Music by Du Yun featuring Ali Sethi. Courtesy of the artist and Philadelphia Museum of Art.