Western architectural styles fuse with traditional Mughal details, adorning the grand 18th century façades and domestic interiors of Laura McPhee’s (b. 1958) photographic series, which explore the historical fabric of Kolkata in West Bengal. This amalgam of architectural conventions is examined in the context of the multicultural metropolis’s complex pre- and post-colonial relationship with the West. The buildings’ genteel decay provides the backdrop for the layering of personal history and custom. Massachusetts-based McPhee’s large-scale photographs, be they of Bengali zamindars’ stately homes or an expansive Idaho forest, provoke questions about our attitudes with regard to the land we inhabit. This selection encompasses McPhee’s photographs from the Indian subcontinent over the past decade, including images from her latest series on Kolkata, a continuation of The Home and The World, opening at Benrubi Gallery, New York, on 29 October. www.lauramcphee.com.
São Paulo Biennial: LiveUncertainty
Conceptual, social, political, ecological and less visual than previous editions, the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Living Uncertainty, was a collective process.
Interview with Aparajita Jain, Founder of Saat Saath Arts Foundation
Within India there is very little or no government support for the arts, but within the country there are a number of highly passionate individuals who are taking it upon themselves to fill the country’s arts funding gap. Seeing it as a vital part of her nation’s development, after two decades working with emerging contemporary Indian artists, curators and collectors, in 2010, Aparajita Jain founded the Saat Saath Arts Foundation (SSAF).