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Visual Arts

Mirjam Varadinis on research trip to India

ReCollect! curated by Mirjam Varadinis, Curator, Kunsthaus Zürich, Sept 2023

Mirjam Varadinis
Photo credit: Franca Candrian

Mirjam Varadinis is art historian and curator for contemporary art at Kunsthaus Zürich. She has organized various exhibitions, including the group shows “Action!” (2017) and  “Shifting Identities” (2008) as well as solo exhibitions with a.o. Yoko Ono, Olafur Eliasson, Pipilotti Rist, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Akram Zaatari, Rosa Barba, Tino Sehgal, Urs Fischer or David Shrigley. She has published numerous catalogues and artist books and contributes to international art magazines.

“One of the central concerns of my curatorial practice is to deal with the consequences of colonialism,” says Mirjam “With various exhibition projects in Switzerland but also internationally, I have tried to ‘unlock’ lost histories and give a voice to those who have not been heard and excluded from official History.”

On her research trip to India, Mirjam will meet Indian artists both in Delhi and Mumbai whose work deals with issues such as colonialism, exclusion, discrimination, notions of history and its representation as well as identity constructions. She will also survey the institutional landscape in these cities.

Mirjam has also been invited by TAKE on ART to participate at a symposium titled “Horizon and Perspective: Curatorial Gaze to Gauge Promise of Art,” held in New Delhi as part of Delhi Contemporary Art Week.

“I will talk about artistic practices that question history and its representation,” says Mirjam, ” On the second day the symposium will reflect on “Decolonization to Set the New World Order in Motion” which plays also a central role in my curatorial practice. Thus, the symposium offers a wonderful opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas with colleagues from India on these important topics of our time.”

Panel Discussion
Archival Excavation as a Means to Reimagine the Past

4 August 2023, Bikaner House
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The troika—production, documentation and preservation—catapults the archivist and curator to a site of historical inquiry, which asks for its extrapolation in terms of what is the value of reminiscence and silence. Viewed as a social construct, a single document claims its historical context, but pondering upon its need to be constructed, and contextualizing its times of making, make it an archival document. The panellists as the excavationalists probe the monolithic identity of the archive to underscore its historicity as a breathing embodiment.

Moderator: Joyoti Roy

Speakers: Rahaab Allana, Apnavi Makhinja, Mirjam Varadinis