Towards Modernism: Art of India from 1950 to 1990

When 19 Mar 2016
Where Jockey Club Ti-I College, 5-7 Lok King Street, Fotan, Shatin, Hong Kong (5 mins walk from Fotan MTR station Exit A)
Language English

Talk by AAA Researcher in India Sneha Ragavan for Teaching Labs.

Drawing on two AAA digitisation projects undertaken in India, the talk explores concepts central to modernist artistic practice in India between 1950s and 1990. It sheds light on the process of becoming a 'modern Indian artist’, and multiple experiments in artistic pedagogy undertaken during this period, including the establishment of visual art archives, a fine arts fair, and workshops with craftsmen and folk artists. In addition, the talk points to the artistic collective as an important form of practice, leading to prolific workshops and camps, seminal group exhibitions, and artist-run journals/magazines.

Teachers from all disciplines, including Visual Arts, Liberal Studies, History, and Cultural Educators are welcome. No prior knowledge of art is required. To gather a diversified peer-support group, the programme seeks teachers who are passionate about art and interested in engaging in participatory discussions.

Group discussions will be facilitated by the following teachers during the talk:
Hon Hin Shan (Visual Arts Teacher, Yan Chai Hospital No.2 Secondary School)
Lam Mau (Visual Arts Teacher, Munsang College)
Wendy Tai (Li Po Chun United World College)

Registration is now closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Limited seats will be reserved for students. Group discussions led by university volunteers will be conducted in Cantonese or English depending on students’ needs. Please indicate the number of students you would like to bring in the registration form. A certificate will be given to those with full attendance upon request.

AAA will arrange child care by university volunteers for teachers with children 3+ years old during the programme. If interested, please state your child(ren)’s age in the registration.

Limited parking spaces are available. Contact AAA at or (+852) 2844 1121 to register.

Sneha Ragavan is Researcher at Asia Art Archive based in New Delhi. She oversees the Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Art Writing project. She holds a MA in Art History and Aesthetics from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda. Ragavan recently submitted her PhD thesis on 20th century architectural modernisms in India to the Department of Cultural Studies, the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

Teaching Labs is an annual professional development series to build a supportive learning community in partnership with Hong Kong schools and educators. AAA is committed to encourage confidence in using contemporary art and culture in an educational setting. By sharing resource materials that can be incorporated into the classroom, AAA researchers aim to enrich teachers’ knowledge on contemporary art ecology.

Special thanks to venue sponsor Jockey Club Ti-I College.


  • Towards Modernism: Art of India from 1950 to 1990 (Part 1)
  • Towards Modernism: Art of India from 1950 to 1990 (Part 2)
Image: Terracotta relief by renowned Indian artist and influential teacher K.G. Subramanyan, Anatomy Lesson 1 (2008). Courtesy of Seagull Foundation for the Arts.
Image: Artists at inauguration of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, 1982. Courtesy of Jyoti Bhatt.
Image: Jyoti BHATT, Kawant, Chhota Udaipur, 1968 — Contact Sheet, Black and white photograph. Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Diary of Jyoti Bhatt (1989–1990). Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Gulammohammed SHEIKH, Gulammohammed Sheikh's Scrapbook - 1 (1961-1982). Photo courtesy of the artist.
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