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Santhosh Sadanandan

Assistant Professor

M.A. (Art Criticism), Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

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Affiliation

School of Culture and Creative Expressions

Education & Research

Mr. Santhosh Sadanandan is trained in Art History and Criticism with BFA and MFA degrees from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He is also one of the Project Directors of a series of workshops on curation titled, Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice. This programme has already conducted six-day long travelling workshops on various thematics around curation in Vadodara, Kochi, Hyderabad and Jammu; the next workshop is scheduled to be held at AUD. He has also contributed essays to art journals, catalogues, and other important academic publications. His areas of interest are Media and Literary Theory, Philosophy, Postcolonial Studies, Dalit, Race, gender and Minority Studies, Urban Studies, Cinema and literature. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree from the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. His PhD research examines various aspects of the institutionalization of culture and the role that categories such as caste and gender played in the structuration of artistic production in modern India.

 

Past Employment

He has taught Art History for two years at the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. He has also taught Art History for two years as guest faculty at the School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He also worked as an Academic Fellow for the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, AUD, before joining as an Assistant Professor in the same School.

 

Publications

SELECT ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS/WRITINGS


“Towards an ‘Anti-History’ of Indian Art: Nationalism and Modernity” in the issue of Nandan: an Annual of Kala Bhavana, edited by Sanjoy Mallik, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, 2004.

Translated Dipesh Chakrabarty’s "Minority Histories, Subaltern Pasts" from his book Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2001 with P. J. Benoy for the selected volume of Subaltern Studies in Malayalam, edited by Susie Tharu and S. Sanjeev, published by D.C.Books, Kottayam, 2004.

“Hegemony Maintenance in the Process of Inclusion: Pahari and Rajput Paintings” in Art of Medieval India: Contextualizing Social Relations, edited by Shivaji K. Panikkar and Abha Sheth, M.S. University Press, Baroda, 2005.

"Adhunikatvathinteyum Desiyathayudayum Ashanti-Niketanangal" (The Un-Peaceful Institution of Modernity and Nationalism) in Akhyanathile Apara Sthalikal (The Other Spaces of Narration), edited by Arun A., Subject and Language Press, Kottayam, 2008. (Malayalam)

“About the (not so) Fine Art of Protest’, in Art Etc. Magazine, Special Issue on Protest Art, Vol. 1 No.2., 2009.

“What was Modernism (in Indian Art)?” in Social Scientist, Vol.40/Nos.5-6/May-June 2012.

LIST OF FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS

“Specters of Radicals or Where Have All the Radical’s Gone” in Deeptha Achar and Shivaji K. Panikkar edited, Issues of Activism: Artist and the Historian, Tulika Publications, New Delhi, 2012.

“Towards a Minoritarian Aesthetics and Cultural Politics”, in Prof. Parul Dave Mukherji, Dr. Kavita Singh and Dr. Naman Ahuja edited, In-flux: Asian Contemporary Art, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2012.

“Is the ‘Popular’ in the Popular art the ‘popular’ in the pop(ular) Art?” in Shivaji K. Panikkar and Rita Sodha edited, ‘Elite’ and ‘Popular’ Interface: India’s Art History, Aakar Books, Delhi, 2013?

OTHER PUBLICATIONS (CATALOGUE ESSAYS FOR ART EXHIBITIONS)

‘The Politics of Everyday Life’, catalogue essay for K.P. Reji’s solo exhibition Just above My Head, Guild art Gallery, Mumbai, 2006.

Interview of B.V. Suresh for his solo exhibition Facilitating the Beast, (collaborated with Dr. Deeptha Achar), Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2006.

‘Perhaps (nothing is) Beyond Credos’, catalogue essay for Beyond Credos: Contemporary Painting in Baroda, curated by Prof. Shivaji K. Panikkar, Birla Academy, Calcutta, 2006.

Untitled catalogue essay for K.K. Mohamed’s solo exhibition From the Archive: Study for War Memorials, Exhibition Hall, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, 2007.

‘A Copy without an Original’, catalogue essay for T.V.Santhosh’s solo exhibition Countdown, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai and Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, 2008.

‘Tense - Past Continuous’, catalogue essay for Savi Sawarkar’s solo exhibition, Eyes Re-Cast, curated by Prof. Parul Dave Mukherjee, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, 2008.

‘De-Order of Things’, Catalogue essay for Zakkir Hussain’s solo exhibition, Re-turn of the 'Unholy', Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2008.

‘On/Of the Absent Presence of Spaces and Images’, catalogue essay for Lokesh Khodke’s solo exhibition The Three Worlds and Other Spaces, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2009.

‘The Cultural Turn and the Political Takes: A Short History of Contemporary Indian Art’, catalogue essay for group show A New Vanguard: Trends in Contemporary Indian Art, The Guild Art Gallery and Saffronart, New York, 2009.

BOOK REVIEWS

Erjavec, Ales, ed. Posmodernism and the Postsocialist Condition: Politicized Art Under Late Socialism, University of California Press,2005. Review published in Journal of Contemporary Thought, No: 22, Winter, 2005.

 

Professionl Activities/Awards

LIST OF CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED

One day seminar on Edward W. Said, The World, The Text and The Critic in the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, November 6, 2004.

Co-coordinated U.G.C National seminar Cultural Practice and Discourses of the ‘Minor’ with Prof. Shivaji K Panikkar, in the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, February 5-7, 2007.

Project Director along with Prof. Shivaji K. Panikkar, of the Curatorship Programme “Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice”, a series of five travelling workshops and a colloquium on curation, an initiative of India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, India, 2010-2013.

  1. Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice, Workshop on Curation, held at Conference Hall, Revival Lords Inn, Vadodara, Gujarat, September 13-18, 2010.
  2. Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice (Thematic Focus: Questions of Region, Gender and Sexualities), Workshop on Curation, held at RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Thripunithura, Kerala, 7-12, February 7-12, 2011.
  3. Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice (Thematic Focus: Interfaces of Art History, Museum Practices and Popular Visual Culture: A Curatorial Enquiry), Workshop on Curation, held at Department of Fine Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad, 12-17, September 12-17, 2011.
  4. Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice (Thematic Focus: Art in the Context of Conflicts), Workshop on Curation, held at University of Jammu, Jammu-Tawi, February 6-11, 2012.
  5. (Forthcoming) Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice (Thematic Focus: Artistic Productions and Questions of Region and Identity: Curatorial Propositions), Workshop on Curation, to be held at SCCE, AUD, October 9-13, 2012.

SELECTED PAPER PRESENTATIONS IN CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS

Brahmanical Cultural Imperialism and Hegemony Maintenance: With Reference to Rajput and Pahari Miniature Painting, in National Seminar 'Theorizing India’s Pre-Modern Visual Culture: Isuues Of Caste, Class Gender and Sexualities', Dept. of Art History and Aesthetics, M.S. University of Baroda, February 21-23, 2003.

Towards an (Anti) History of Indian Art: Nationalism and Modernity, in One-Day Seminar on Edward W. Said, 'The World, The Text and The Critic', Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, November 6, 2004.

Is the ‘Popular’ in the Popular art the ‘popular’ in the pop(ular) Art?, in National Seminar ‘Elite’ and ‘Popular’ Interface: India’s Art History', Dept. of Art History and Aesthetics, M.S University of Baroda, January 6-8, 2005.

Thinking about ‘New’ in the Age of New Conventionalities, in National Seminar ‘Interrogating ‘New’ Art History: Decentering Disciplinary Premises’, Dept. of Art History and Aesthetics, M.S University of Baroda, 2006.

Towards a Minoritarian Aesthetic and Cultural Politics, in International Seminar ‘Elective Affinities, Constitutive Differences: Contemporary Art in Asia’, The Biennale Conference, New Delhi, March 9-11, 2007.

Architecture without a Center, in KRIVIA Annual National Conference 'Interdisciplinary Paradigms of Architecture', Mumbai, December 17-18, 2007.

Archiving the Living, in International Seminar ‘Archiving Art Histories: Exigencies and Challenges in Pedagogy and Researches’, organised by ACUA, Baroda, supported by IFA Bangalore, February, 5-7, 2009.

Nationalism in Search of a Nation, in UGC National Seminar ‘The Revision of History: Region, Literature, Culture’, organised by Department of English (UGC SAP DRS-I), M.S University of Baroda, March 20-21, 2009.

Some Notes on the Postmodern Fables of Our Time, in National Seminar, ‘Intervisuality: Imitations/Innovations’, organised by RLV College of Fine Arts and Music, Tripunithura, Kerala, January 14-16,2010.

The Politics of the Poetics: Re-pre-sentation of Radha, in International Workshop, ‘Radha: Transformation from Gopi to Goddess’, organised at School of Art and Aesthetics, J.N.U, New Delhi, January 29-30, 2010.

Crafting the Craft and Crafting the Nation: The Construction of the National Spectator, in UGC National seminar ‘See-Saw: Context of Spectatorship’, organised by Department of Fine Arts, S. N. School of Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, February 25-27, 2010.

Craft of Art History and Art History’s Craft: ‘Primitivism’ of/in Indian Art History, in International Seminar 'Rethinking Art History: Objects, Methods and Politics', organised by Department of Fine Arts, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, March 4-5, 2011.

Ramkinkar Baij: A Chronicle of Redemption Foretold, in National Seminar 'Awaaz Do: The Legacy and Relevance of Progressive Cultural Movements in India', organised by SAHMAT, at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi, October 13-15, 2011

LIST OF AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Merit Scholarship, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, from 1999-2000 to 2004-2005.

V.R. Amberkar Gold Medal for academic achievements in Art History and Criticism, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, 2005.

Gold medal for highest academic achievement, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, 2005.

Junior Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, 2006.

 

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