Folk Archive

By Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller  |  Image Gallery

OCT 31 - NOV 30, 2014

In collaboration with The British Council
Kamalnayan Bajaj Special Exhibitions Gallery


The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum collaborated with the British Council to bring the exhibition,  Folk Archive, by Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller. A vibrant, visual account of contemporary popular British culture, the selection of works shown here were assembled between 1998 and 2005 in response to the question of what might constitute present day ‘folk art’.

By the artists' own admission they made no attempt to define 'popular art' and decided to avoid what is most often referred to as 'outsider art', preferring to concentrate on a personal selection of things that conveyed their enjoyment of the range and depth of creativity they encountered. They looked for works which have attributes including: humour, modernity, insight. A unique voice or perspective, motifs they recognised and ones they did not, attempts to tackle ambitious subjects, refreshing directness or effectiveness, endeavours beyond normal expectation, pathos or just something extra. The one aspect common to all the works is that they have been authored by individuals who would perhaps not primarily consider themselves artists. While the project focuses on the UK, it implies connections with wider human activity across cultures.


“With Folk Archive we are treading a path between being artists and being anthropologists. As artists we engage in an optimistic journey of personal discovery (albeit often close to home). As anthropologists, we hope we are describing something overlooked and worthy of attention,” say Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller.


Public Tours

Free and open to all tours of the exhibition in English, Hindi and Marathi were conducted by the Museum’s curatorial team every Saturday and Sunday from November 1 - 30, 2014.


Workshop for Schools & Private Groups

The workshop encouraged an exploration of the range of creative expression in the Exhibition. An interpretive tour was followed by activities that celebrated everyday creativity in Mumbai – participants made mehendi decorations, rangoli designs with natural, found materials, posters inspired by the hand painted signs seen across the city and super hero costumes.
Workshops and tours were available on request through the duration of the Exhibition.