Chai and the City comprises of two art exhibitions, both celebrate the reciprocal influences that India and Britain had over each other over the period of their colonial history.
The Chai exhibition celebrates India’s influence on Britain through the popularity of tea drinking, and the rituals and heritage that accompany its production and consumption. Displayed alongside it, the British Architects in Baroda exhibition celebrates the influence of British architecture in the Indian city of Vadodara.
Chai is an international exhibition featuring the work of British and Indian artists. The exhibition is the culmination of ceramic work, produced during a 3-week residency at Artcore for 5 British artists, and Artists’ Books, from 12 Indian artists, professionally selected by curator Sandhya Gajjar.
The 5 British artists have explored and investigated the notion of tea and how ceramics played an important role in the tradition of tea-drinking popular all over Britain and India.
– Myria Bandi, Ranjena Gohil, Holly Kemp, Carla Lavin, and Jane Smith
The 12 Indian Artists have focused on the personal and public narratives of tea, and have explored the rich tradition of artists’ books creating painted and printed artworks, recounting stories of tea production and consumption
– Dharitri Boro, Debraj Goswami, Prantik Chattopadhyay, Kanika Shah, Kruti Thaker,
Roshan Chhabria, Rajat Gajjar, Neha Lavingia, Soumen Das, Urmila Shastry, Akshata Naik, and through a 6-cup ceramic set by Prithviraj Mali.
British Architects in Baroda is a photographic documentation by eminent photographer Rahul Gajjar of the fabulous built heritage in the Indo-Saracenic tradition that inhabit the 500-year old city of Vadodara in Western India. These monumental buildings designed and built by several British architects in the 19th and 20th centuries give the city its identity and cultural eminence. This exhibition is a rare documentation of true grit, determination and courage of young British architects, working in challenging conditions to create monuments that have survived for more than a century.
Pickford’s House Museum
41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
Launch Friday 29th September 5.30pm to 7.00pm
The show continues from September 30 to November 18, 2017
(Museum closed on Sundays and Mondays)
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