Mumbai Gallery Weekend and India Art Fair go on despite continuing protests

Much have been said about protests in Hong Kong, there have been much less discussions about protests in India. This was how one gallery dealt with the art week. Brilliant 👏🏼👏🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼👏🏼

“Mumbai Gallery Weekend (MGW) opened this month as protests spread across Indian cities, sparked by an attack by right-wing extremists connected to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the students and staff of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Mumbai was among the affected cities, but MGW’s organisers released a statement via social media saying the event would ‘continue as planned’ and that it ‘stands with the protesters and students.’

Experimenter Gallery in Kolkata decided to cancel the opening reception for a show of architectural works by Sahil Naik, instead inviting gallery-goers to read aloud the introduction to the Indian constitution—a decision that Priyanka Raja, the gallery’s co-director, says was made ‘in the need of the hour’ Raja adds that making a public statement is ‘necessary in a country where insufficient state support leads commercial galleries to assume the roles traditionally played by cultural institutions.’

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