Mithila Art in 2020: Life, Labor, and COVID-19 in South Asia
Join us for a live webinar highlighting representations of the pandemic in South Asian art that were recently acquired by the Princeton University Library.
Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Curator, and Ellen Ambrosone, South Asian Studies Librarian, will host a panel discussion with Amanda Lanzillo, Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows; Lina Vincent, art historian and curator based in Goa, India; and Peter Zirnis, curator and collector of Mithila art.
Throughout 2020, artists in India have been engaging with pandemic-related themes that reflect the vast inequity with which the pandemic has manifested in the lives of South Asians. While some have managed to maintain safety and stability, many more have experienced food insecurity, displacement, disease, and loss of income. The Mithila art in Princeton's collection expresses moments of both serenity and sorrow in the midst of the recent crisis. Panelists will discuss and reflect on the particular expressions of COVID-19 in this art, as well the impact of the pandemic on artisan labor and art markets.