Time’s up for Picasso13 min read 26 Oct 2018, 12:20 PM IST
The #MeToo movement in the Indian art world asks the alpha male artist to step back and highlights an urgent need to dismantle existing notions of the female form, talent and power
It could have been the Indian art world’s first #MeToo moment. In December 2017, Jaishri Abichandani and a group of people staged a silent protest outside The Met Breuer in New York City, where a retrospective of the late Indian photographer Raghubir Singh had just opened. Brooklyn-based artist Abichandani, who has formerly shown at Delhi’s Nature Morte and Mumbai’s Chemould, Prescott Road held a sign that read, “I survived Raghubir Singh #MeToo!" She alleged that she was raped by Singh in the mid-1990s. However, there were only a handful of public statements from the Indian art community about this. For the most part, there was silence; some even dismissed her allegation on social media.
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