Contemporary Independent Drawing As Transnational Communicator between Continents and Sites of Reception
Within recent decades global changes have turned the world. Contemporary art in Asia and the Pacific has acted as a dramatic reflection on the social and political events, taking place in that regions starting around 1990 . Biennales and new Museums are flourishing, prestigious European galleries are emphasizing and featuring shows of major upcoming cultural regions like China, India and the Middle East. It seems as if a new period of time is pushing boundaries beyond European and Westernized standards in arts. Internationalization is evident in the works themselves.
Due to the historical and cultural diversity of Asian-Pacific countries/region statements can’t be generalized – therefore a case study is necessary.
Case study India: “The remarkable economic, social and cultural momentum in India in recent years has resulted in a society undergoing dynamic change … “ . Nalini Malini is currently one of the most recognized female Indian artists. Exhibited as one of the first Indian Artist at the Venice Biennial in 2005 she is using myths, narratives and characters of literature both from European and Indian Culture in her art practice. That enables her to communicate through drawing with the audience. A transnational, global artistic language is used by emphasizing instances, common ground practice and grievances of post-colonialism, gender, sexuality, class and environmentalism of both - her home country as well as the Western World. She denounces political failure and misbelieves on both sides. In the Foreword of the Venice Biennial Catalogue >> Dreams and Conflicts” 2005 Chef Curator Francesco Bonami expresses concerns about an already practiced “globalized world”. Asking exhibiting artist Nalini Malani in the Serpentine Gallery (Exhibition Indian Highway 10 Dec. 2008-22. Feb 2009) about the meaning of “Indian Highway” for herself she argues, that “Our journey on the Indian Highway could (therefore) be described as a mistaken modernity”.
Keywords: Internationalization of the Art World - New Markets, Contemporary Drawer Functions As Transnational Communicator though art Practice, Curatorial Reflection concerning “Global World” (Example - Case Study Venice Biennale 2005)
Saskia Alexandra Sorg
MPhil/PhD Student, School of Art and Design, Loughborough University