A question of evidence
A catalogue for the exhibition of the same name which featured works by Amar Kanwar (India), Raqs Media Collective (India), Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam (India/Tibetan in Exile), Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller (Germany) in collaboration with the Cybermohalla Ensemble (India), Marine Hugonnier (France/UK), Pak Sheung Chuen (Hong Kong), Heman Chong (Singapore), Khin Khin Su (Burma), Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan in Exile/UK) and Qiu Zhijie (China) among others.
The exhibition "A question of evidence" incorporated a variety of artistic and cultural approaches - including moving image, still photography, text, archival material, installation, and theatrical performance-that encompass diverse viewpoints on the nature and function of representation in the face of "real" events and socio-political circumstances. Some participants present a side of their practice that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, or hybrid, as in the case of Khin Khin Su, Marine Hugonnier, Raqs Media Collective, and Amar Kanwar. Most of them, in fact, regularly collaborate with grassroots collectives that, faced with restricted channels of communication, manage to conduct research and disseminate information through Internet-based networks, video and film databases, open-source initiatives, and other means. The works in the exhibition exemplify the transformation of the concept of visual art to one of visual-intellectual culture or knowledge production. While restricted in its geographical scope - most participants live in South or Central Asia - the exhibition does not overlook, but rather illuminates the essential differences in the role and presence of artists and practitioners within the public realm in their respective contexts.This book includes numerous illustrations and texts by Francesca von Habsburg, T J Demos, Raqs Media Collective, Charles Merewether, Sybille Krämer, Keiko Sei, Gabrielle Cram, Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam, Diana Baldon, Tashi Tsering, Daniela Zyman.