Friday, September 10, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
From Kitabkhana [Library] to Karkhana [Workshop]: The Arts of the Book in South Asia
The contemporary art world has witnessed an explosion of interest in the book form, exemplified by Karkhana [Workshop] (2003-2005), a project in which six artists graduates of the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan modeled their work on the imperial Mughal kitabkhana (library). Taking its cue from such projects, this workshop examines art books and book arts in South Asia from 1100 C.E. to the present. Participants analyze the relationship of visuality, materiality, orality, and textuality in a society where “a painting was like the leaf of a book…not seen but read,” to quote art historian B.N. Goswamy.