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Art Attacks: Violence and Offence-Taking in India

Malvika Maheshwari


Since the end of the 1980s in India, self-styled representatives of a variety of ascriptive groups (religious, caste, regional, and linguistic among others) have come to routinely damage artwork, disrupt their exhibition, and threaten and assault artists and their supporters. Often, these acts are said to be a protest against the allegedly ‘hurtful’ or ‘offensive’ artworks. They are even claimed to be a prescient call to save the identity of the community, in a manner that makes the communal identities hinge entirely on that artistic (mis)representation. Yet, at the time of these attacks, many ... More

Keywords: attacks, art, violence, offence-taking, India, democracy, liberalism, free speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199488841
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199488841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malvika Maheshwari, author
Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Ashoka University