East/East-East seeks to initiate an experimental East-arts narrative. The programme is predicated on a belief that this narrative requires a new approach, one which is neither delineated by Western institutions nor remains the sole, privileged domain of Western-focussed curators.
East/East-East champions a less stressful, more organic domain. This is the playful space carved out by shared geopolitical psychologies, the place where these idiosyncrasies are mapped, celebrated and nurtured. Uninterested in formulating responses to values emanating from galactic museums or art brokers, East/East-East will instead thrive off self-reflexive regional dialogues, using such insularity and rapprochement to find alternative approaches to art from the GGC, Levant, Pakistan, India, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
In collaboration with a number of cultural organisations, arts enthusiasts and curators, East/East-East will investigate these new narratives with a series of exhibitions and initiatives in DUCTAC’s Gallery of Light throughout 2015–2016.
Cartographer of a magic land ...
Ravinder Dutt is a cartographer of historical as well as imaginary lands. Dutt’s sojourn in Dubai as a part of an artist residency program, conducted by Gallery Ragini, helped him witness the growth of a desert nation into an ultra modern city-state, where the economic and cultural activities of the world converge. Dubai has over a period of fifty years, become the cradle of modern civilisations. What inspires Ravinder Dutt in Dubai is not just the physical growth of the city, which obviously should delight the artist with a cartographer;s bent of mind, but the visions and philosophy that had gone into the very making of it. Dutt in his new suite of works assumes himself as a character from the Arabian Nights and visits each and every landmark in the history of Dubai and captures those vignettes of time in his exquisite graphic lines. In the process the artist does not forget to adore the rulers of Dubai, who with their benevolence helped their city to adopt many cultures, but not to be swept away by the influences that are hurting to the religious sentiments. The viewers get to see the history of Dubai from an artistic point of view, where magic mixes with realism and transports their familiar city into a zone of all imaginary cities created by world class artists and writers.