Weaving a thread between contemporary drawing and nineteenth-century Company paintings, Drawing Space: Contemporary Indian Drawings maps the intimate historical connection between Britain and India. In the early nineteenth-century, Company paintings forged a new relationship between Indian artists and their colonial patrons, the East India Company. The drawn line was traditionally used as a means of defining social and physical space; this publication explores how it has become a device for negotiating space in ways that are self-empowering.
Bringing together three of India's most innovative contemporary artists - Sheela Gowda, N.S. Harsha and Nasreen Mohamedi - Drawing Space contains specially commissioned essays, interviews and diary extracts, providing not only an art-historical background of the work, but also personal insights into the creative processes of the three artists.
88pp, softback, 25 illustrations (12 colour)
Published on occasion of the exhibition Drawing Space, co-produced by Iniva and Beaconsfield in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum.