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Xenophilia, SAIC Exhibit
Title Image credits: Kaveri Raina | Title: Hanuman Mukut | Medium: Acrylics, burlap | Size: 70 x 40 Inches | Year: 2016
Curated by, Megha Ralapati
Unlike its more familiar opposite, the term xenophilia is rarely used today, particularly in a global political climate characterized by fear, suspicion and aversion to the other. This exhibition imagines a different reality in which fear is replaced by curiosity. Rather than reinforce familiar dichotomies between native-born vs. outsider, center vs. margin, migration vs. stagnation, Xenophilia proposes a new world in which multiple perspectives not only coexist but amplify each other, as demonstrated by this dynamic selection of painting, sculpture, textile and photo-based work.” states Megha Ralapati, the curator and visionary for Xenophilia.
Xenophilia, an inaugural exhibition featuring a selection of recent painting, sculpture, textile and photo-based work by eight artists: Biraaj Dodiya, Alaya Gujral, Khushmi Mehta, Viraj Viral Mithani, Kaveri Raina, Udit Toshniwal, Udita Upadhyaya, Falak Vasa and the collaborative kShama. All eight artists are MFA students from The School of the Art Institute, both current and recent graduates, who hail from across India and have relocated to Chicago to study art, build a new body of work, translate their practice to a new public, and call the city home. Eye on India is proud to feature and support these young talented artists.
We are proud to partner with Shaurya Kumar, professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to feature works by SAIC students.
To arrange a viewing of Xenophilia or learn more about the artists, email Tanya Gill, Eye on India’s Visual Art Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org