Thinking Tantra at Peninsula Arts

31 March – 27 May 2017

Prabhakar Barwe, Tom Chamberlain, Shezad Dawood, Nicola Durvasula, Goutam Ghosh, Alexander Gorlizki, Prafulla Mohanti, Jean-Luc Moulène, Badrinath Pandit, Anthony Pearson, Sohan Qadri, Prem Sahib, G.R. Santosh, Richard Tuttle, Acharya Vyakul and Claudia Wieser.

Thinking Tantra at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

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    Nicola Durvasula, Brockley Variations 9, 2015 Nicola Durvasula, Brockley Variations 9, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

Thinking Tantra is a trans historical exhibition that begins with anonymous Tantric drawings, dating from the second half of the nineteenth century, continues with work made in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s by Indian artists and includes work by ten international contemporary artists.

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The exhibition features work by ten contemporary artists, all of whom know of and readily articulate a relationship with Tantric drawings. Thinking Tantra speaks to the impulse Tantric drawings inspire in many artists to explore multiple dimensions, with artworks taking both two and three dimensional forms, and a site specific wall drawing by Claudia Wieser.

The exhibition is a curatorial collaboration between Rebecca Heald, Amrita Jhaveri and Drawing Room, London.Thinking Tantra was at Drawing Room 24 Nov 2016 – 19 Feb 2017 more info here. A first iteration of the exhibition was at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, in early 2016. Specialist in Tantra, Jain and ritual art from India, gallerist Joost van den Bergh has helped select the anonymous Tantric drawings and works by Bandrinath Pandit and Acharya Vyakul.


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