Fiercely independent of cliques or trend, self taught artist Jehangir Jani has been a whirlwind of activity since his first canvases were exhibited in 1991. Jani"s art uninhibitedly represents experiential realms of sexual and communitarian subcultures as he speaks his political dissent from within these experiences. In accordance with the thematic concerns, his use of various materials also creates uncanny juxtapositions and contradictory possibilities. The fragility of ceramics is juxtaposed with hard, cold sheet metal - through such combinations Jani speaks of the inequality of power in confrontations between minorities and majorities.
Shivaji K. Panikkar heads the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, at M.S. University of Baroda, India. His research and publications are in the areas of pre-modern and modern Indian art. The book also has essays by leading art critics Ranjit Hoskote, Anupa Mehta, Mortimer Chatterjee, Nancy Adajania, Girish Shahane and Deeptha Achar; and features Jehangir Jani in conversation with the editor, Ratnottama Sengupta.
94 colour illustrations