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PERSPECTIVE

Paris-Delhi-Bombay

BY RACHEL KENT

A survey in focus

ORLAN, Drape-peaux Hybridé, 2011, sequins, lights, ventilators, paint, 373 x 546 cm. Collection of the artist. 

National survey exhibitions raise questions about audience and intention. Who are such surveys for and what are they trying to say about a particular country or culture? They are frequently insightful, introducing new audiences to possibly unfamiliar places and practices. Yet they can also reveal cultural preoccupations and anxieties, and run the risk of repeating clichés about difference. The Centre Pompidou’s ambitious survey of contemporary Indian art last…

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