Conceived and originally co-curated by Julia Peyton-Jones (Director, Serpentine Gallery and Co-Director Exhibitions and Programs, Serpentine Gallery), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Co-Director Exhibitions and Programs and Director, International Projects, Serpentine Gallery), and Gunnar B. Kvaran (Director, Astrup Fearnley Museet), Indian Highway at the UCCA marks the most comprehensive presentation of contemporary art from India ever mounted in China.
The culmination and continuation of extensive curatorial research across India, Indian Highway features nearly thirty individuals and collectives whose creative practices span a wide range of media – incorporating sculpture, video, installation, painting, and performance – and subject matter are focused around the situation of modern India. The work of artists who have already made an impact on the international art world is displayed alongside newer practitioners.
After the inaugural exhibition of Indian Highway at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2008, the show traveled to European institutions including the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo (2009), the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (2011), and MAXXI in Rome (2011). Plans are underway for the exhibition to continue its Asian tour after this showing in Beijing. Each instantiation features new works, and in Beijing these will include a major installation by Sudarshan Shetty, a Bharti Kher triptych, a new photographic series by Dayanita Singh from her House of Love book project, and video work by Ayisha Abraham and Hetain Patel.