Folk Archive by Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane

About the exhibition:

The British Council and Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum presented Folk Archive by Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) from 1 February - 27 February, 2015.  

This exhibition was a celebration of British pastimes and pursuits, and demonstrates that folk art in the UK is both widespread and vigorous. 

The creation of Folk Archive provided an opportunity for a cross-section of the community to have their work shown in an art gallery for the first time and included work from prisoners and community groups, gurning and barrel rolling participants, Notting Hill Carnival troupes, protesters, pop fans, bored teenagers, villagers and the homeless. 

The exhibition toured India between October 2014 to February 2015 travelling first to Mumbai, Kolkata and finally ending its tour in New Delhi. Below are the venues & dates of the exhibition: 

Date  Venue
31 October- 30 November, 2014 Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
17 December, 2014- 7 January 2015 Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
1 February- 27 February 2015 Mati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts,New Delhi

Folk Archive on the Google Cultural Institute:

Nearly a year after the unveiling of Folk Archive in New Delhi, the exhibition became part of the Google Cultural Institute platform in February 2016.

The Cultural Institute platform serves as a digital archiving tool for significant cultural activities for research and education purposes for future generations. The BC partnership with Google was an effort to digitise the Folk Archives exhibition drawn from the collection of curators Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller. 

The Cultural Institute platform allowed the British Council the versatility to curate the exhibition digitally and offer a rich sampling of the exhibits, for those who were unable to view it at the IGNCA in February, last year. 

The outcome has resulted in a vibrant look to Folk Archive that can be accessed at any time on the Cultural Institute platform. 


More on Folk Archive in India:

Treading the fine line between art and anthropology, Deller and Kane selected over 280 elements over a period of six years to form an archive, which provides a snapshot of the state of contemporary folk art in the UK. It represents both artists’ long-term interests in creative practices and artefacts from outside the traditional art world. 

Folk Archive blurs the lines between traditional categories of ‘fine arts’, design, crafts, folk and daily creativity. It addresses different audience groups: young designers who work with street kitsch visuals, graffiti and street artists, artists engaged with community work, urban cutting edge conceptual artists and young people. Usually contemporary art is considered to be quite inaccessible by non-art world audiences.

Folk Archive demonstrates through its quirkiness- the presentation of hand crafted objects, festivals, and the aspirations of people, that art is not something removed from our daily lives.