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Gods in the Time of Democracy

Gods in the Time of Democracy

by Kajri Jain
Hardback
Publication Date: 12/03/2021
 
In 2018 India's prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world's tallest statue: a 597-foot figure of nationalist leader Sardar Patel. Twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, it is but one of many massive statues built following India's economic reforms of the 1990s. In Gods in the Time of Democracy Kajri Jain examines how monumental icons emerged as a religious and political form in contemporary India, mobilizing the concept of emergence toward a radical treatment of art historical objects as dynamic assemblages. Drawing on a decade of fieldwork at giant statue sites in India and its diaspora and interviews with sculptors, patrons, and visitors, Jain masterfully describes how public icons materialize the intersections between new image technologies, neospiritual religious movements, Hindu nationalist politics, globalization, and Dalit-Bahujan verifications of equality and presence. Centering the ex-colony in rethinking key concepts of the image, Jain demonstrates how these new aesthetic forms entail a simultaneously religious and political retooling of the "infrastructures of the sensible."
ISBN:
9781478010340
9781478010340
Category:
Non-graphic art forms
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
12-03-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
228.6x152.4mm
Weight:
0.73kg

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