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DNMUM385117 | 3/19/2017 | Author : Ornella D’Souza | WC :478

Shilpa Gupta s exhibition unravels the life of India s ageing art proponents, who were once firebrands, says Ornella D Souza

Contrary to popular belief, The Progressives was not the sole group endeavour of Indian artists in the 20th century. There were others: Astitva, Painters with a Camera, Group 1890 and even the country’s first all-women artist group - Four Women Artists, comprising Nilima Sheikh, Arpita Singh, Nalini Malani and Madhvi Parikh.
“What one hears is that The Progressives only held one formal show while Four Women Artists had four. They travelled in trains, carrying their paintings with them to exhibitions,” says Shilpa Gupta, who resurrected such gems from India’s art world in her show That Photo We Never Got. “The project looks at memory as a living process, and at archives as not finite,” says Gupta, alluding to the FOCUS photograph
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