Art History and Storytelling: Anshuman Dasgupta

Anshuman Dasgupta’s presentation on the work of Bengal school founder Abanindranth Tagore reintroduced several key themes that had begun to establish themselves through the panel, asking whether a criticality can be found that re-organises the author-viewer relationship and re-orients the position of authority. The notion of embodied reading re-emerged as the audience were introduced to the performative elements of Tagore’s artist book, and Dasgupta drew on Proust’s proclamation that ‘everything is fertile,’ proposing that the porosity of the book allows for many small actions to enact gradual structural change.

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