The Primitive Art Imagined: Art and Ethnography in Colonial Bengal


Aniket De will be giving a 1-hour talk discussing the depiction of the primitive and the rural in the paintings of the Bengal School. The lecture will study the complex relationship of such primitivist art to concepts like colonial modernity and nationalism, as well as explore the non-Western aspects of global primitivism. The presentation will also feature folk-tales, songs and poems from Bengal alongside the visual materials. A short Q-and-A round will follow.

Audience for this lecture is limited to 15, and advance registration is required. Please email to register.


Aniket De

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Contact name: Mallica Kumbera Landrus
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