On Being Gandhi: The Art and Politics of Seeing

Franklin Gallery @ History, September 15 to October 19, 2017

Named one of India’s top 15 rising artists, photographer Shivaraju B.S. (a.k.a. Cop Shiva) focuses on portraits of people living on the fringes, yet who embody the zeitgeist of contemporary India. The idea of masquerade in particular interests him. The exhibition features photographs of Bagadehalli Basvaraju, a village schoolteacher who routinely impersonates Mahatma Gandhi.
 
Curated by Chaya Chandrasekhar (Oklahoma City Community College) and Janice Glowski (Otterbein University).

Gallery Design: Alta Zhang

Support from the Duke India Initiative and Sumathi Ramaswamy’s Anneliese Maier Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt  Foundation, Germany.