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Modern Tribal: Producing Indigeneity in Our Times

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Image Credit: Dancing Peacock by Venkat Raman Singh Shyam

Academic: Rashmi Varma

Rashmi Varma is an Associate Professor in the English and Comparative Literary Studies department. Her research interests include postcolonial theory, literature and culture, transnational feminism, and the representation of indigeneity in postcolonial India. Her forthcoming book Modern Tribal: Representing Indigeneity in Postcolonial India has been supported by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.

Associate artists:
Tara Douglas, Adivasi Arts Trust

Tara Douglas is a film maker and a founding member of the Adivasi Arts Trust, an organisation which promotes awareness of Indian tribal culture through the arts. She is also a Trustee of the Trust for Tribal Art Culture and Knowledge, in India.

Mukul and Ghetto Tigers

Mukul and Ghetto Tigers is a theatre company who use their work to explore dissent and democracy.

Why does indigenous Indian art lack visibility in England?

Modern Tribal explores how the figure of the tribal is produced, from the British colonial archive to the neoliberal present in India, as the mirror image of civilization and progress.

Rashmi Varma’s work challenges the historical marginalization of indigenous Indian art and raise awareness of its value and relevance in the United Kingdom. She will bring the art of the Pardhan Gonds, a clan of the large Gond tribe inhabiting Central India, to Tate Exchange.

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