'Everything is Inside' Addresses Cultural Perceptions of India

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Sep 11, 2014
References: mmk-frankfurt.de & aestheticamagazine
'Everything is Inside' is an exhibition presented by Indian artist Subodh Gupta at MMK Frankfurt.

The exhibition aims to address the contemporary conception and perception of India as a society in which tradition, spirituality and religious belief are equally important as the country's rapid modernization, economic growth and strength. Whether one considers the sculptures, installations, paintings or performances, there is one common threat -- all of the works contemplate local Indian phenomena set in a global context.

'Everything is Inside' utilizes everyday and seemingly mundane and 'typically Indian' objects and investigates the cultural meaning attributed to them. For example, he uses an oversized marble lunch box to ponder the difference in cultural understandings. Marble is considered a luxury product in the West but is a standard construction material in India, where it is often used for floors and bathrooms.