Catalogue essay for The Amaya Collection

Earlier this week, a little bit of auction history was made when the first ever evening sale of Indian art was held in New York. (An evening sale is infinitely more posh than a regular auction. It’s as much an event as it is a sale.) Sotheby’s presented 43 works from collector Amrita Jhaveri’s Amaya collection of modern and contemporary Indian art and raised a little less than $7 million dollars. Some of the proceeds from the sale are going to Khoj, to fund a project space and lecture room, and this is truly heartwarming because Khoj has been critically … Continue reading Catalogue essay for The Amaya Collection

Profile: Rana Begum

This article originally came out in Wallpaper*. Be warned: it’s long. Colour Scheme Artist Rana Begum’s father migrated to England in 1985 from an obscure village in Bangladesh because he wanted his family to have a better life, one unmarked by hardship. When he now sees his daughter doing hard labour to make a living, it bewilders him. “To this day, he says: ‘Why are you doing this? This is not what women do. Using machines and working with metal, cutting wood and stuff, this is not what girls do’,” chuckles Begum. “He’s like, ‘Look at you, you’re so exhausted and you look so tired. It’s not good … Continue reading Profile: Rana Begum