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In Transition: New Art from India

January 19, 2011

Surrey, BC - Urban, edgy and innovative, India’s contemporary artists transform how we think about India at the upcoming art exhibit, In Transition: New Art from India. Presented by the Surrey Art Gallery from January 22 to March 27, 2011, In Transition presents an exciting new wave of Indian artists who combine sculpture, installation, and digital media to interpret the social, political and economic changes in the country. In Transition is presented with the Vancouver Biennale.


“This new wave of Indian artists is making a name for themselves internationally based on their innovative approach to art,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We’re very excited to present these artists here in Surrey; the Surrey Art Gallery is committed to reflecting trends in contemporary art from around the world, while reflecting the diversity of our community here.”


The seven artists featured in the exhibit present their own spin on Indian life in contemporary times. Traditional Indian miniature paintings are reinvented to reflect today’s India: a mix of urban life, cosmopolitan cities, myth and tradition. And new media art and sculptures combine artistic influences from around the world, resulting in an eclectic, edgy exhibit that challenges how we think of India today.


“India is a dynamic place, and its arts scene has developed into something much larger than traditional paintings and Bollywood movies. Artists are adapting, borrowing and responding to the materials and subjects found in their changing urban landscapes,” says Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. The result is a breathtaking experimental exhibit that responds to the vivid worlds of global cinema and television, music videos, the Internet, new media advertisements, and video game technologies.


In Transition: New Art from India opens on January 22 and runs until March 27, 2011 at the Surrey Art Gallery. Artists in the exhibition are Ranbir Kaleka, Reena Saini Kallat, TV Santhosh, Sudarshan Shetty, artist collective Thukral & Tagra, and Hema Upadhyay.


In Transition: New Art from India is presented in recognition of the Year of India in Canada in 2011.


In Transition: New Art from India is presented in conjunction with the exhibitions There/Here: Germaine Koh and Gordon Hicks, and Faces of the Community.


Event Schedule


Artist Talk and Opening Reception | Saturday, Jan 22, 6:30–9:30pm

Join New Delhi-based artist, Ranbir Kaleka for a talk about his work in relation to In Transition: New Art from India. The talk will be followed by an opening reception for the exhibition. Music at the reception is by DJ Reminisce.

Artist Talk: 6:30pm | Opening Reception: 7:30–9:30pm, with Formal Remarks at 7:30pm



Curator’s Tour | Thursday, February 10, 7:30–8:30pm

Join Jordan Strom, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Surrey Art Gallery for a guided tour of the current exhibitions.

Surrey Art Gallery Association members free; other guests by donation.


Panel Discussion – Conversation on Contemporary Indian Art | Saturday, March 5, 2–4pm

This panel is part of the 2011 Speaker Series on South Asian and East Asian Contemporary Art, and will feature curator-critic Haema Sivanesan, writer-artist Ashok Mathur, and art historian Kathleen Wyma.



Family Day | Sunday, March 13, Noon–4pm

Drop in to explore, enjoy and create art together with hands-on activities inspired by the exhibitions.

Children must be with an adult.

Suggested donation: $3 per child


About the Surrey Art Gallery

Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region. Internationally recognized, the Gallery showcases diverse artistic practices including digital and audio art, by local, national and international artists. Surrey Art Gallery's mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities as expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process.


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About the Vancouver Biennale

The Vancouver Biennale is an open air art exhibition consisting of sculpture, new media and performance work situated along scenic bike routes, beachside walkways, rapid transit stations and urban plazas. The objective is to celebrate contemporary art in public places, transforming the urban landscape into a cultural experience for people to enjoy as they live, work, play and transit throughout the day. The 2009-2011 exhibition in-TRANSIT-ion includes 40 works of art by renown and breakthrough artists from 15 countries worldwide with a focus on Asia. The Vancouver Biennale also produces supporting programmes including interactive school curriculum, cycling events, and public symposium, and is committed to leaving a legacy of public art in host communities for future generations to enjoy. For more information:


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Media Contact:

Angela Cachay Dwyer, Publicist, Surrey Arts Centre / Surrey Art Gallery

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