31 October, 2020

Art Must Get Off Its High Horse

While the state and patrons sponsor contemporary art, traditional artisans are pitied, exploited or patronised, regardless of their expertise or originality

For Arts Sake
Displaced handicrafts at many stalls in Dilli Haat
Art Must Get Off Its High Horse
outlookindia.com
2019-10-26T10:19:26+05:30

While the state and patrons sponsor contemporary art, traditional artists are still considered supplicants to be pitied, exploited or patronised, regardless of their skill or originality

At the end of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, a full-page article in a national newspaper, Art in the marketplace, presented a detailed description of the history and nature of the event. Terming the three-month festival as an art marketplace raises many questions regarding the nature of ‘cultural’ marketplaces, which must include crafts in its purview. This is necessary to enrich the ongoing argument that contemporary art should not relegate folk art and craft to a secondary status. In this context, many points in the article need challenging, not as a critique of the biennale, but to show distortions in public attitudes towards contemporary artists and traditional ones.

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