The annual Indian Design Platform returns for the third time this September with an exhibition of work by some of India’s leading contemporary graphic designers. The exhibition coincides with the 70th anniversary of India’s independence and 2017’s UK-India Year of Culture, promoted by the British Council.
Bold is the first exhibition to showcase the work of the current wave of Indian graphic designers for whom the ideas of collaboration and sharing are central to their work.
Studios such as Ek Type, Design Fabric, Ishan Khosla Design, Kadak, Design Fabric, Animal and Kulture Shop are developing new ways of inviting participation, creating cultural activity across art disciplines and encouraging sharing and learning within the design community.
Meanwhile, independent designers such as Roshnee Desai and Shweta Malhotra are developing a distinct graphic language that integrates local references, including historical traditions, cultural habits, national symbols, women’s issues and Bollywood.
Some embraced ancient techniques, while others work primarily with new mediums and technology. However, they appear, by and large, to be free from religious boundaries and colonial baggage – driven, instead, by a new cosmopolitanism and pop culture, all the while conscious of their historical influences.