Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India

June 6 through August 30, 2020

Explore the breadth of India’s cultural life and heritage through contemporary artwork from four indigenous artistic traditions. From central India’s Gond and Warli communities, the Mithila region of Bihar, and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal, more than forty paintings and drawings feature dazzling patterns, vibrant colors, and nonlinear storytelling.
Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India presents artwork rooted in traditional culture, yet infused with issues of global interest. Among the twenty-four indigenous artists are Jangarh Singh Shyam, Jivya Soma Mashe, Sita Devi, and Swarna Chitrakar.
With themes ranging from myth, cosmology, and nature – real and imagined – to village life and contemporary issues, Many Visions, Many Versions highlights cultural roots and current concerns via artists’ distinctive forms, techniques, and styles.
Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India was organized by BINDU Modern Gallery and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Exhibition Highlights

Sita Devi, Krishna, c. 1970s, mud, oxide colors on particle board; photo courtesy of Sneha Ganguly
Ram Sign Urveti, Woodpecker and the Ironsmith, 2011, acrylic on canvas; photo courtesy of Sneha Ganguly
Jamuna Devi, Raja Salhesh with his two brothers and three flower maidens, c. 2000, natural dyes on paper; photo courtesy of Sneha Ganguly
Jangarh Singh Shyam, Tree and panther, 1988, gouache on paper; photo courtesy of Sneha Ganguly
Japani Shyam, Jungle scene, 2011, acrylic on canvas; photo courtesy of Sneha Ganguly

Thanks to the members, donors, grantors, and sponsors who support the exhibition and programs. Exhibitions and programs are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Marketing supported in part by City of Wausau Room Tax funds.

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