This five-part lecture course explores the entangled histories of Britain and South Asia through art and visual culture. It is convened by Hammad Nasar and Sarah Victoria Turner, the co-leaders of the Paul Mellon Centre's London, Asia project. Lectures by a range of invited speakers cover topics from the eighteenth century through to the present day.
Please note: The recording for Lecture 3, delivered by Sandra Kemp, is not yet available.
Lecture 1: Introduction
Introduction to a five-part lecture series by Hammad Nasar and Sarah Victoria Turner.
Lecture 2: Art & Empire: the East India Company at home
Rosie Dias (University of Warwick) walks us through the architectural language of India House, the headquarters of the East India Company.
Lecture 4: Rooting Modernism: Art Schools, Pedagogy and the Bureaucracy of Practice
Hammad Nasar looks at the role that institutions and bureaucracy have played in shaping South Asian art practice.
Lecture 5: Contemporary legacies
A focus on artistic practice through the work of Said Adrus, David Alesworth and Sophie Ernst. Said Adrus will discuss his project The Pavilion Series, which investigates the site of a burial ground for muslim soldiers who lost their lives while part of the British Indian army in both World Wars.
David Alesworth discusses his project Hyde Park, Kashan 1862.
Sophie Ernst concludes the panel by considering 'What is Progress?', 'What is Memory?' and 'What is Art?'.