China Beat Archive

 

Title

Ai in Mumbai

Date of this Version

2012

Document Type

Article

Citation

2012 May 1 in The China Beat http://www.thechinabeat.org

Comments

Copyright 2012 Reshma Patil

Abstract

The Chinese artist offered a firm handshake and his business card. The Indian curator hesitated for a split second. They were, after all, standing in a men’s loo in Gwangju, South Korea. The curator returned to Mumbai, a financial powerhouse that several Chinese artists in the study group at Gwangju had never heard of. “What is Mumbai?” they asked him. The artist, who happened to know where Mumbai lies, returned to his studio in Beijing. He and the curator communicated via email for over a year. There were long silent gaps, until one day this year, the curator received a parcel of video CDs dispatched from Beijing.

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