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Insurgency and the Artist: The Art of the Freedom Struggle in India

Vinay Lal (Author)

Insurgency  and  the  Artist  explores not merely how Indian printmakers and artists responded to the freedom struggle but rather  how the art they fashioned  invoked their own conception of the nation, their sense of the past, and the contours of the movement for India’s emancipation from the yoke of colonial  oppression. Recent scholarly work has been almost entirely riveted on nationalist prints, and much of it has focused on the idea of Bharat Mata, but this book seeks to furnish a more rounded account of the artwork—including etchings, paintings, woodblocks prints, and cartoons—contemporary to the freedom struggle and also highlights the work of neglected artists such as Babuji Shilpi, S.L. Parasher, Zainul Abedin, and M.V. Dhurandhar, among others. The author considers how the Indian past was rendered  as one of martial  resistance to ‘foreign’ rule, the manner  in which artists worked with mythic material, and, of course, the treatment of the larger-than- life figures of Gandhi,  Bhagat Singh, Subhas Bose, and  other  patriots in nationalist art. This gloriously illustrated work simultaneously offers a narrative history of the freedom struggle and the rich interplay of text and images is designed to offer insights that neither conventional histories nor images can offer in isolation.  Insurgency and the Artist is also an inquiry into how ideas travel across borders, the porousness of culture, and the relationship of art to politics.

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About the author

Vinay Lal

Vinay Lal is Associate Professor of History, University of California at Los Angeles. His most recent works are Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy (Plato Press, 2002), of Cricket, Gandhi, and Guinness: Essays in Indian History and Culture (Seagul Press, 2002) and (edited) Dissenting Knowledge, Open Future: The Multiple Selves and Strange Destinations of Ashis Nandy (Oxford, 2000). He also wrote South Asian Cultural Studies: A Bibliography.

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Bibliographic information

Title Insurgency and the Artist: The Art of the Freedom Struggle in India
Author Vinay Lal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.12.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 9789392130885
length 260p., Plates.