What are good books on Nuehruvian socialism

University of Art in Berlin

Saturday, July 7th, 2018
1.45 p.m.

In English
Moderation: Juana Awad, Wilma Lukatsch

During the Kochi Biennale 2014, I worked with a historian for the first time. I condensed part of Sanjay Subrahmanyam's historical account of Portuguese trade in the 15th century and made a series of drawings and texts entitledLiquid History of Vasco Da Gama. The work is based on conversations between Digital Dutta, an official in the records management department, and various disreputable figures in history. Dutta's own untrustworthiness as a historian is underscored by the seedy lives of the historical celebrities with whom he is in dialogue.

Soon, in collaboration with other historians, a work developed from which idiosyncratic textbooks emerged. Stylistically, they are similar to illustrated handbooks that were created in Edo (Tokyo) under the Tokugawa dynasty: topographical studies, botanical investigations and advice on self-help and modern manners.
At the Pune Biennale 2017 I revised a history book for the eighth grade and exhibited it in a classroom setting. The aim was to question the concept of historical truth as a singular and to establish “doubt” as a decisive factor in curricula and also socially. Uncertainty is beneficial to any generation of knowledge, especially when it comes to the emergence of founding myths.

Sarnath Banerjee has four graphic fictionBooks written: Corridor (Penguin, 2004), The Barn Owl’s Wonderous Capers (Penguin, 2007), The Harappa Files (Harper Collin, 2011) and All Quiet in Vikaspuri (Harper Collins, 2015). In these books he explored the Indian middle class and its transformation from Nuehruvian socialism to pronounced neoliberalism. As part of his ongoing collaboration with historians, Banerjee Liquid History of Vasco Da Gama for the Kochi Biennale 2014 and The Poona Circle, a series of history books produced for the 2017 Pune Biennale. In the same year he created for the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem I got ginger (2017), a series of drawings and texts that create a “rebellious” children's book about Dutch colonialism. He has participated in the Frieze Art Fair (2009, 2015), Arco and FIAC and was represented at the Saõ Paolo Biennale (2008), the Setouchi Triennale (2016) and the Sharjah Biennale (2017).