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Intricate and ornate South Asian art exhibition invites Louisville to look closely

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An exhibition now live at the Speed Art Museum showcases work from modern-day Pakistan and India. It features small, detailed watercolors as part of a touring show out of San Diego.

The San Diego Museum of Art’s curator of South Asian and Islamic art Ladan Akbarnia put together the traveling exhibition of paintings dating from the 15th to 19th century.

“India: South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art” is on display at the Speed Art Museum through May 12.

Akbarnia spoke to LPM arts and culture reporter Breya Jones about the exhibition.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

Breya Jones: Tell me a bit about “India: South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art.”

Read more: https://www.lpm.org/news/2024-02-23/intricate-and-ornate-south-asian-art-exhibition-invites-louisville-to-look-closely

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You Nearly Missed: 5X Fest’s celebration of South Asian music and art

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Starting tomorrow (June 13), celebrate the best of South Asian music and art with 5X Fest, now in its seventh year. The multi-day festival has four signature events showcasing music, visual art, fashion, and culture.

Here’s a complete list of what’s going on.

5X Art Party

A fete curated by Ritesh Matlani, an Indian queer floral designer and filmmaker who specializes in intricate floral installations.

Read more: https://www.straight.com/arts/you-nearly-missed-5x-fests-celebration-of-south-asian-music-and-art

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South Asia’s highest ‘land art’ festival set in Ladakh reflects on climate change

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A carpet of fabric in a gradation of red, brown, and maroon spreads across a dirt road leading up to a barren mountain range. Close by, a cross-section of land lights up in blue fluorescence at night. If the last edition of sā Ladakh, South Asia’s highest contemporary land art festival, is anything to go by, interactive public art has found an effective format in the country: imagine art at an altitude of 3,500 metres.

As you read this, bamboo pillars are being erected in the 22-acre Disko Valley Bike Park in Leh, one of the highest in the country, as it prepares for the festival.

Read more: https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/south-asias-highest-land-art-festival-set-in-ladakh-reflects-on-climate-change/article68207143.ece

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South Asian Artists Confront Oppression with Joy

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In the 14th century, the Indian poet and spiritual leader Guru Ravidas imagined a utopia called Begampura. This “land without sorrow,” as Begampura translates from Hindi, would be casteless, classless, and griefless. Free from anxieties and discrimination, inhabitants could pursue spiritual freedom.

A modern reinterpretation of Begampura undergirds Dalit Dreamlands: Toward an Anti-Caste Future, a multimedia group art show currently on display in downtown Oakland.

Read more: https://www.altaonline.com/dispatches/a60669886/south-asian-artists-confront-oppression-with-joy/

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