Pehchaan and the India Street Bazaar
Two fascinating exhibitions at Tramway produced in collaboration with Indian contemporary artists and designers.
The phrase ‘Indian art’, for most of us, calls up images of classical Indian painting: brightly clothed figures in scenes from mythology. There won’t be much of that in evidence in Pehchaan, a major exhibition of Indian art at Tramway 2.
Pehchaan, which means 'identity' in Urdu and Hindi, is subtitled 'Art from Another India': think contemporary tribal figures, brightly painted truck panels and modernist sculpture with an Indian twist. At the heart of the show is a body of work commissioned by Glasgow Museums in 2013 from contemporary artists in North India, intended to complement their historical collection, which will be displayed alongside artefacts from the colonial era in an immersive environment created by young Glasgow-based textile designer Gabriella Marcella.
Meanwhile, in Tramway 5 at the front of the building, the doors will open on The India Street Bazaar, a textile project curated by Katy West in which seven designers from India and Scotland have been invited to respond to the archives and design books of the United Turkey Red Company, once a textile dyeing powerhouse in the West of Scotland. Working with craftspeople in Gujarat, they then created a series of sustainably produced textiles and garments, including scarves, cushions and pajamas.
Pehchaan, Tramway, Glasgow, Sat 18–Sun 31 July; India Street Bazaar, Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 10–Sat 24 Jul.