The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Speaking of Others, Speaking for Others: An art (of) class in Contemporary South Asia


December 12, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.

This talk is part of the 2019 Fall Museum Lecture Series, generously supported by the Sam and Belle S. Deutsch Endowment.

Manisha Sharma, Associate Professor of Art and Visual Culture Education, shares the work of two contemporary Indian artists who engage with narratives of class in India.

Discussing how they highlight objects and places in their work, Sharma draws attention to how society practices exclusion in everyday life, through the making and use of objects. In doing so, she engages with ideas and practices of social and cultural inclusion and exclusion in a discourse of colonization and decolonization.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Shades of Subalternity, which closes on December 8.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Sharma teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Arizona’s School of Art. Her┬áresearch examines how perceptions of culture and community are formed, internalized and acted out within communities, through production and consumption of art and visual culture artifacts.