SOLD OUT: Lecture | Genealogies of an exhibition with Hammad Nasar

Beyond the Page (7 Oct 2023 – 28 January 2024, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes) tells the story of contemporary art’s engagement with the historic traditions of South Asian miniature painting through 180 works drawn from historic public collections (including the Royal Collection and the V&A), rarely accessed private collections and contemporary commissions.

In tracing its genealogies, this talk with curator and artist Hammad Nasar will explore how artists in South Asia and beyond continue to find contemporary relevance in the possibilities offered by the miniature tradition. That many of the world’s greatest collections of South Asian miniature paintings and manuscripts are held in Britain also raises questions of culture and power in the entangled histories of Empire and globalisation. These histories are reflected in the hierarchies of museum collections and art school curriculums. What would it mean if JMW Turner’s best paintings were in the museum stores of Lahore and New Delhi?

Hosted in The Barber Institute of Fine Arts Lecture Theatre, the presentation will be followed by questions and discussion, and then refreshments. This free event is organised by the Department Of Art History, Curating, And Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham. It is open to all – students and staff and members of the public. Limited capacity – booking required.

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Access requirements

The main entrance to the Barber is accessed by 13 shallow steps, the galleries by a further 31 shallow steps. Level access is available. Please let your team know if you require this by calling 0121 414 7333 or emailing before your visit.
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