Artists from the South Asian diaspora have been a dynamic force in reframing and reshaping Asian and Euro-American art history. Whether drawing from family heritage in South Asia, the United States, or other parts of the world, their movements between geographies, histories, and cultural practices of East and West characterize an open and adaptable sense of self that is the optimum “essence” for a globalized world. Join us for intimate discussion between curator Kathryn Myers, participating artists Shelly Bahl and Siona Benjamin, and Fulbright Scholar Dr. Pradosh Mishra about ideas of identity and personal history in the South Asian diaspora and contemporary art.
Kathryn Myers is a professor of painting at the University of Connecticut and the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships. Her work and curatorial projects have been heavily influenced by her immersion in the art, culture, and religious traditions of India. Shelly Bahl was born in Varanasi, and now moves between Toronto and New York. Her interdisciplinary projects explore a multiplicity of themes related to transcultural experiences, with a particular focus on the lives of women. Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the United States. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. Dr. Pradosh Mishra is a professor of art history at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, which is one of the oldest and most renowned universities in India. His research focuses on contemporary Indian art.