The poem, ‘Reading List’, painted as a wall mural, proposes a list of 96 authors from India who should be in global reading lists. This list is potentially endless.
As I read my way through list after list, helpfully extended towards me by institutions, visiting lecturers, and seminars in Finland, I encountered many silences. And to mend those silences, these names were my instinctual response.
Here, I urge you to make a new list or to add to this, those authors that you find missing in curatorial, artistic and institutional reading lists today. Because your silences will be different than mine.
The layered effect of the mural is inspired by the round the clock construction work in cities as much as the walls of institutions that hold space for voices to express and to dissent in the form of posters, graffiti, and signs.
‘Reading List’ by Vidha Saumya, is the first work in a series of artistic commissions at Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s office space. These works are commissioned in the context of Rehearsing Hospitalities public programme for 2019-2023. Rehearsing Hospitalities connects artists, curators and other practitioners in the field of contemporary art and beyond to build up and mediate new practices, understandings and engagements with diverse hospitalities.