An initiative of Good Cause – an NGO



30 March – 24 April 2018 | Bikaner House, New Delhi

Anant Art Gallery presents ‘Hashiya: the margin’ a major exhibition exploring for the first time the tradition of illustrated margins in miniatures through contemporary art. Exploring the miniaturist concept of the margin in a contemporary context, the exhibition brings together the works and perspectives of ten distinguished artists, Manisha Gera Baswani, Alexander Gorlizki, Desmond Lazaro, Ghulam Mohammad, Nusra Latif Qureshi, V Ramesh, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Nilima Sheikh, Yasir Waqas and Saira Wasim. The exhibition Hashiya: The Margin takes inspiration from the Mughal artist who bent over the album page four hundred years ago, adding his own ideas, comments, appreciation and dissent, to the images that he was told simply to decorate, bringing the concept into a contemporary setting for the first time.

Through their work, the artists are responding to the concept of ‘hashiya’ or ‘the margin’, an idea that originally arose from the muraqqa of the 16th century – capacious albums of independent miniature works, which included independent paintings, portraits, genre scenes, allegories, fantasies or interpretations of poetry, massed together to produce something greater than the sum of its parts.  The hashiya is a frame that conditions us to see something in a particular way. It is a space of adornment, in which the artist embellishes the edges of the page to pay homage to the things that lie at the centre.


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