Guest Curator

Roobina Karode Selects Her Favorite Work On Saatchi Art

We’re thrilled to have curator and critic Roobina Karode curating an exclusive collection of art as part of our ongoing Guest Curator series. Discover her selection of works on Saatchi Art below.

Roobina Karode
Director, Kiran Nader Museum of Art

Roobina Karode is the Director of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi, a non-profit organization for exhibiting modern and contemporary art from India and the subcontinent. An art historian, curator, and critic, Karode has curated many thematic and monographic exhibitions and worked as project editor and author on various significant catalogues and books published by the Delhi Art Gallery.

Roobina was the co-curator of the first Asian Art Triennial in Fukuoka, Japan in 1999, showcasing trends in Contemporary Asian Art. In 2007, she co-curated a travelling exhibition “Tiger by the Tail: Contemporary Women Artists of India Transforming Culture” at the Women’s Research Study Centre at Brandeis University, Boston, US.

As a critic she has written extensively on modern and contemporary Indian art. She has taught Art History & Aesthetics at various institutions in Delhi, including Jamia Millia Islamia, College of Art, National Museum Institute, School of Art & Aesthetics, JNU. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2000.

Her curated exhibitions include “Negotiating Matters,” “Excavations and Evocations” on Himmat Shah’s terracotta sculptures, “Living on the Edge: Works of Three Contemporary Artists,” “The Naked Line,” showcasing drawings by modern Indian masters at PAI in Paris. The most recent exhibition at KNMA entitled “Crossings: Time Unfolded-II,” curated by Karode, brings together the historic and the contemporary, creating room for imaginary conversations through multifarious crossings and radical juxtaposition of Indian art from 1940-2011.

Special Viewing at KNMA, New Delhi -Jitish Kallat's Sculpture of a wrecked car, Collidonthus brings to force his apprehension with the vigorous anarchy of urban life in India's frenzied and crowded cities. He adopts a unique method of encapsulating meaning and representations in the longstanding relation between machine and body, employing sequential and spatial scales to create a provoking visual-sphere. The Collidonthus presents a distorted urban reality in the idiom of the skeletal sculpture with bleached bones, a full-size version of a slayed car in resin, paint, steel and brass. The frequent eruptions of insurrections in volatile cities across the country bring to mind images of destruction, where the spectacle of the targeted vehicles set ablaze in capture the gore of death out in the open. The bare bones and wound like dents on the car evoke both awe and dread. The life-sized car grins and grimaces at the audience with its exposed skeletal self almost like a ruin of a vessel harboured on a busy dockyard of a splintered metropolis. #JitishKallat #Collidonthus #ArtKNMA #Art #Artist #IndianArt #IndianArtist #ModernArt #ContemporaryArt #ContemporaryArtist #Exhibition #Museum #KNMA #KiranNadarMuseumOfArt #Saket #Delhi #DelhiTourism #VisitDelhi #IncredibleIndia #India

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