The Rise of the BROWNationals seeks to present to the public a sculptural invocation--both organic
and digital--of possible sensory happenings in our unconscious of the space bounded by India Gate,
Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Parliament House in New Delhi, a space considered the centre of
governance for the Republic of India. The project presents a set of juxtaposed visual elements that
brings out the ironies arising from the misfit between the nation-state’s efforts to 'civilize' its citizens, an
idea signified by the 'planned' architecture of the space, and the organically florid and unruly lives of
Indian BROWNationals that overflow all such disciplinary grids.
Vishal K Dar is a visual artist based in Delhi. Dar's art displays a playful approach to the use of
material, media and technology.
Kaushik Bhaumik is a historian based in Delhi. He has written extensively on film, art and media with a
special focus on urban and 20th century histories.
Siddhartha Chatterjee is a media arts practitioner and anthropologist of design, who works out of Delhi
on urban arts, museums and new media forms of public engagement.
The Rise of the BROWNationals is a sequel to Vishal K Dar's critically acclaimed BROWNation show of
2010. Here, Dar continues his digital sculpturesque exploration of the conceptual ironies underlying life
in BROWNation India in dialogue with the film and media theoretical musings of historian Kaushik
Bhaumik and the visual-cultural and broadly spatial mediations of Siddhartha Chatterjee.
What we get therefore this time around is an explicit and substantial encounter of the ideas underlying
Dar's curation of the first BROWNation show of c.2007 (and the subsequent solo show of 2010) with the
cinematic and the urban-spatial set amidst the centre of BROWNational power.