Now in its closing weekend, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Moving Still: Performative Photography in India exhibition traces the art of performative photography—telling stories through visual stills—in India from the 1800s to the present day.
Embrace the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine among India’s rugged Aravalli Range.
Embracing the traditional Hindu system of achieving health and bodily balance through diet, yogic breathing, and the use of regenerative herbs.
An inflatable Zodiac floats down the Ganges River, and the current is picking up. I raise my voice, asking my guide to repeat himself, my hands tightening around a paddle as whitewater rapids churn all around. “You need 10 lives to see India,” yells Mukesh Joshi, his voice barely audible.
Provenance has long been the “it” word in the art world. Tracing the ownership history of a work of art is essential to understanding the historical, social, and economic context of the piece. This interest in the origin of things has extended well beyond the art world to the culinary realm—farm-to-table and slow-food movements—and now, it seems, to the fashion world.
The legend of Nek Chand Saini and his sprawling odds-and-ends world in the north of India begins when he was just a lowly road inspector and first dreamed his great creation. In order to fulfill his vision, in 1958 he began to pick material from the refuse of buildings that were being demolished for the construction of the planned city of Chandigarh.