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ARTSOME Exhibition

"Folk Archive" by Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller runs through November 30 at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India

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Folk Archive, a vibrant, visual account of contemporary popular British culture by leading international artists Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane.

Bringing together drawing, painting, film, performance, costume, decoration, political opinion and humour, and some astonishing objects, Folk Archive celebrates activity from a vast range of British pastimes and pursuits, and demonstrates that folk art in the UK is both widespread and vigorous. Folk Archive includes work from prisoners and community groups, Notting Hill Carnival troupes, protesters, pop fans, teenagers, villagers and the homeless.

The works respond to the question what might constitute present day ‘folk art’. By the artists’ own admission they made no attempt to define ‘popular art’ and decided to avoid what is most often referred to as ‘outsider art’, preferring to concentrate on a personal selection of things that conveyed their enjoyment of the range and depth of creativity they encountered. They looked for works which have attributes including: humour, modernity, insight. A unique voice or perspective, motifs they recognised and ones they did not, attempts to tackle ambitious subjects, refreshing directness or effectiveness, endeavours beyond normal expectation, pathos or just something extra. The one aspect common to all the works is that they have been authored by individuals who would perhaps not primarily consider themselves artists. While the project focuses on the UK, it implies connections with wider human activity across cultures.

The exhibition runs through November 15, 2014.
Venue: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Address: 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027.
Nearest Transport: Jijamata Udyan Bus Stop

ARTSOME

October 2014