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In conversation: Nikhil Chopra with Catherine Wood

Talks/Lectures

Castle Street
Cambridge
Cambs
CB3 0AQ

Tel: 01223 748100

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In conversation: Nikhil Chopra with Catherine Wood

Join Catherine Wood, Senior Curator, International Art (Performance), Tate Modern in conversation with artist Nikhil Chopra.

This event follows a performance by Nikhil Chopra.

£5, booking recommended

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About Catherine Wood

Catherine Wood is Senior Curator, International Art (Performance), Tate Modern and works on performance projects, exhibitions, collection acquisitions and displays at Tate Modern, as well as being actively engaged in research.  Wood was instrumental in founding the performance programme at Tate in 2003 and has, since then, programmed over 200 live works by artists including Mark Leckey, Tania Bruguera, Trisha Brown, Katerina Seda,  Bojana Cvejic, Ei Arakawa and others at Tate and within the online space ‘Performance Room’ that she initiated in 2011. In A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance, Wood traced a dynamic relationship between painting and performance emerging in the post-war period, working back from contemporary artists’ perspectives.  Contributing to the International Monitoring Group, specialising in strategies for collecting performance, Wood has worked on acquisitions of works by artists including Joan Jonas, Tino Sehgal and Suzanne Lacy.

About Nikhil Chopra

Nikhil Chopra  (b. 1973 in Calcutta; lives and works in Goa) trained at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda before continuing his studies in the United States. His work toes the line between performance, theatre, live art, sculpture, photography and drawing, often in the form of largely improvised and durational performances with large-scale drawings and props left as remnants. Chopra frequently addresses issues of identity, autobiography and the disparity between urban and rural landscapes in colonial and postcolonial contexts. For instance, in 2009–10, he performed under the persona of Yog Raj Chitrakar, a fictitious landscape painter based on the artist’s grandfather. In his own words, the artist’s performance as Chitrakar, which translates from Hindi as ‘picture-maker’, enabled him to explore personal memories and collective histories of being ‘hung over by the nostalgia for the British Raj yet reeling in the success of the Indian freedom struggle’.

About Homelands

Through photography, sculpture, painting, performance and film, ‘Homelands’ tells stories of migration and resettlement in South Asia and beyond, as well as violent division and unexpected connections. The exhibition engages with displacement and the transitory notion of home in a region marked by the repercussions of the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, and the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, as well as by contemporary migration. The artists explore intimate and political histories, often contesting borders, questioning common pasts and imagining new futures.

About Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational

Over the past two decades Tate’s collection, displays and programmes have expanded beyond Europe and North America to be more open, inclusive and reflective of its audiences. Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational marks a next decisive step on this journey by placing the exchange of ideas between art and artists from around the world at the very core of Tate. The Centre will transform how Tate grows and shares knowledge about multiple art histories with individuals and organisations around the world. Over the next 5 years, the Centre’s vision is to offer new perspectives on global art histories.

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Access

This event will take place in the extension of the House which is accessible, with some limitations. The upper part of the ground floor extension area of the House is accessible for wheelchair users, and if you call in advance or ask at the information desk we can reserve an accessible seat for you.

The galleries on the ground floor are fully accessible. They can be accessed easily from the entrance area by steps or a ramp.

Opening Times

In conversation: Nikhil Chopra with Catherine Wood (3 Dec 2019)

* 7 – 8.15pm

Prices

£5 (free for concessions), booking recommended

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