The Artist’s Studio: In Depth

  • IMAGE 1_SAEED AKHTAR in his studio lahore 2016

    SAEED AKHTAR in his studio, Lahore 2016. Credit: Manisha Gera Baswani.

  • IMAGE 2(SCROLL)_VIVAN SUNDARAM at his home new delhi 2011

    VIVAN SUNDARAM at his home, New Delhi 2011. Credit: Manisha Gera Baswani.

Past Event

This event was on Sat 26 February, 3pm

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In celebration of A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920–2020, this unique event offers the opportunity to hear from the exhibition’s curatorial committee as they discuss the extensive research and innovative ideas that underpin the show. Expect behind-the-scenes insights as art historians, critics and co-curators Dawn Ades, Richard Dyer and Hammad Nasar, alongside artist Manisha Gera Baswani shed light on the exhibition’s fascinating themes and international histories together with former Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick.

A combined talk and exhibition ticket can also be purchased at a discounted rate.

About Dawn Ades

Dawn Ades is Professor Emerita of the History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex, where she taught from 1968 to 2008. Her research concentrates on Dada, Surrealism and Latin American Art, and publications include Photomontage (Thames & Hudson 1976/1981), Salvador Dalí (1982), André Masson (1994), Marcel Duchamp (with N. Cox and D. Hopkins, 2000), Writings on Art and Anti-Art (2015). Among the exhibitions she has curated or co-curated are Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (Hayward Gallery, 1978), Art in Latin America 1820-1980 (Hayward Gallery, 1989) and Dalí/Duchamp (Royal Academy, 2017-8). She is Professor of the History of Art at the Royal Academy and in 2013 was made a CBE for services to higher education.  

About Richard Dyer

Richard Dyer is Editor-in-Chief of Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, and a Contributing Editor to Ambit literary magazine. He is a widely published art critic, reviewer, poet and fiction writer, and a practising artist and musician. His critical writing has been published in Third TextFriezeFlash ArtArt Review, Art Press (London Correspondent), WasafiriThe IndependentThe GuardianTime Out and many other publications and exhibition catalogues. He has published two major monographs: Making the (In)visible in the Work of Mark Francis (Lund Humphries, 2008); and Wolfe von Lenkiewicz (Anomie Publishing, 2016).  

About Hammad Nasar

Hammad Nasar is a curator, writer, and was Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive (AAA), Hong Kong (2012-2016), where he initiated the collaborative London, Asia project with the Paul Mellon Centre where is currently Senior Research Fellow. He co-founded (with Anita Dawood) the non-profit arts organisation Green Cardamom (2004-2012). He is co-curator (with Irene Aristizábal) of British Art Show 9 (2021–2022); Principal Research Fellow at the Decolonising Arts Institute, UAL where he is developing the ‘Curating Nation’ project; and, Lead Curator at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum to support Coventry’s City of Culture Programme for 2021-22, which includes curating the Turner Prize exhibition in 2021. 

About Manisha Gera Baswani

Manisha Gera Baswani is a visual artist creating cultural landscapes of connections across Asian traditions, weaving expressions that comprise painting, photography, sculpture, and poetic writing.

She is the curator and creator of the ongoing legacy photographic project Artist through the Lens, which intimately documents studios of artists and denizens across the arts community from the Indian subcontinent, through the last two decades.

Postcards from Home, is an aligned sister series to ‘artist through the lens’, evolving as an equally historic documentation of 47 artists from India and Pakistan, with a shared history and lineages from the Partition of India in 1947.  It is also a personal homage to her parents’ memories of the ‘home’ they left behind as they moved to India, and where her own journey begins.

‘Manisha is the curator of her teacher and legendary artist, A Ramachandran’s major solo show The Changing Mood of the Lotus Pond and Insignificant Incarnations for Vadehra Gallery in October 2018. She has shared the genesis, spirit, and evolution of her unique art practice across various platforms including TEDx 2019