• Naman P. Ahuja at the Parliament of Bodies

  • Di, 11.07.2017 ab 20:00 Uhr
  • Fridericianum
    Friedrichsplatz 18
    34117 Kassel
Naman P. Ahuja at the Parliament of Bodies - Fridericianum - Kassel

The Parliament of Bodies: Were the anxieties around immigration and globalization any different in antiquity? with Dr. Naman P. Ahuja and Natasha GinwalaGlobalisation brings a fear of homogenising different cultural identities, and yet, what it has enabled, oftentimes, is a cosmopolitanism that allows for different local practices to coexist even as some differences collapse. Similar ideas can be seen in the past as well.In an extraordinary visual effort to bring together diverse religious communities, the Buddhist goddess, Hariti, in Gandhara began to be shown with children that came from Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Greece and mainland India. Looked at from the perspective of these diverse children, she might not actually have been the Buddhist Hariti to them all. While the Greeks could think of her as Demeter, the Egyptians probably regarded her as Isis, and the Hindus as a matrika. In an age of diasporas, we often think about how a single image can be made to communicate to diverse people. What can the art of Gandhara tell us?Similarly, an image for the Bodhisattva Vajrapani was created in such a way that he could be read either as the Zoroastrian Behram, or the Roman Hercules. Indra, doubled up as Zeus; Shiva as Oesho and Dionysius.This talk provides a close reading of some of these extraordinary iconographic developments in Gandhara to show what kind of images emerged in that multicultural society. Images, it will be seen, can be polyvalent, or sometimes, syncretic; however, as we shall see in this talk they also accommodate difference.---Naman P. Ahuja is a specialist on Indian sculpture and iconography. He is Professor of Indian Art and Architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Editor of Marg. He is widely published: as Fellow at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, he authored a comprehensive catalogue of their ancient Indian collections. His book, The Making of the Modern Indian Artist-Craftsman: Devi Prasad (Routledge, 2011), provided a case-study of the impact of the Arts and Crafts Movement on India. The Body in Indian Art and Thought (Ludion, Antwerp, 2013, also in French and Dutch) explores a variety of historic and aesthetic and approaches to what drives people to make images. And most recently, The Arts and Interiors of Rashtrapati Bhavan: Lutyens and Beyond, (co-edited with Partha Mitter, Publications Division of India 2016), explores the politics of the Interior design of presidential palace of India. He has held curatorial charge of Indian sculpture at the British Museum apart from curating several exhibitions independently, and held Visiting Professorships at the University of Zurich, the Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florence, the University of Alberta in Edmonton and at SOAS, his alma mater. Ιn cooperation with the Goethe – lnstituteThe event will be streamed here: http://www.documenta14.de/en/calendar/23437/were-the-anxieties-around-immigration-and-globalization-any-different-in-antiquity-