Reliable Copy present their latest long-term publishing series and research project ‘(Fine) Arts Dissertation Series’. This series looks at the dissertations submitted by artists as part of their master’s study at the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, republishing a selection as facsimiles with contextualising information.
Urban Kitsch, originally written in 1996, explores the forms of vernacular visual culture that emerged in the city of Baroda following the liberalisation of the Indian economy. Plastic toys, celebrity mud flaps and postmodern architecture collide to create a new formal category—both celebrated and derided—as Praneet Soi traverses the city on his trusted Yamaha RX 100.
About the Author
Praneet Soi was born in Kolkata in 1971. He moved to Amsterdam in 2002 to attend the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, and currently divides his time between the two cities. This oscillatory movement impacts his practice.
About the Publishers
Sharjah Art Foundation hosts numerous activities and events throughout the year, from exhibitions featuring the work of Arab and international artists, live music and performances to film screenings and artist talks as well as extensive art education programmes for children, adults and families. Additionally, the Foundation has over the years published a range of books that include Sharjah Biennial and exhibition catalogues, books about the March Meetings and limited-edition artists’ publications.
Reliable Copy is a publishing house and curatorial practice dedicated to the realisation and circulation of works, projects, and writing by artists. Reliable Copy publishes books and documents, curates exhibitions, undertakes research projects, organises workshops, and hosts a wide variety of programming.
Reliable Copy is based in Bangalore, India, and was founded in 2018. It is represented by the artists Nihaal Faizal, Sarasija Subramanian, and Stuti Bhavsar.