Brown Gallery Exhibit Opening: Love across the Global South: Popular Cinema Cultures of India and Senegal

Lecture: Doe Library | October 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)

 Library, Center for African Studies

Love across the Global South: Popular Cinema Cultures of India and Senegal

5-5:30: Brown Gallery viewing of the exhibit

5:30-5:45: Sugata Ray, Exhibition Co-curator: "Fields of Desire: Afro-Asian Networks and the Making of an Indian Ocean Art History"

5:45-6: Ivy Mills, Exhibition Co-curator: "Indo-Senegalese Cultural Formations: Curating Love across the Global South"

6-6:15: Liladhar Pendse, Exhibition Co-Curator (read by Adnan Malik in Liladhar's absence): “Movies from the Muhallā: Imagining the Global South through Bollywood.”

6:15-6:30: South-Asian Acapella Performance by Berkeley's Dil Se

6:30-7: Enjoy the exhibit!

Love across the Global South: Popular Cinema Cultures of India and Senegal

Exhibition at the Bernice L. Brown Gallery, Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley October 6, 2017–March 1, 2018

Love across the Global South explores interconnections between South Asian and African popular cultures through film posters, footage, and memorabilia. Focusing on the circulation of Bombay cinema, South Asia’s largest film industry, in Senegal, West Africa, the exhibition foregrounds the role of transnational film cultures and fan clubs in shaping affinities across the Global South. Highlighting archival material held by UC Berkeley—including a collection of twentieth-century popular film magazines and films housed at the Media Resources Center—the exhibition harnesses library holdings to nuance campus debates on race, globalization, and visual representation while experimenting with new curatorial practices that emphasize Afro-Asian connections in an expanded Indian Ocean imaginary.

The exhibition is curated by Sugata Ray (Assistant Professor, History of Art), Ivy Mills (Lecturer, History of Art), Liladhar Pendse (Librarian, Central Asian and Eastern European Studies), and Adnan Malik (Curator for South Asian Collections, South/Southeast Asia Library). The Mellon Curatorial Preparedness Initiative funded Curatorial Assistantships for History of Art Department graduate students Shivani Sud and Randip Bakshi.

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