The weather may not be heating up in Vancouver, but the city’s art scene is getting hotter with the upcoming Indian Summer Festival, featuring the recently launched art installation, The Primary Education of the Autodidact.

au·to·di·dact  [aw-toh-dahy-dakt]

noun. Someone who is self-taught or learned a large amount of knowledge without a teacher.


Developed by the Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective, The Primary Education of the Autodidact, explores themes of knowledge, power, and silence, and was commissioned by the Audain Gallery and Indian Summer Festival.

The Raqs Media Collective is made up of a trio of artists – Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta – who are part of a larger movement of an internationally appreciated, contemporary artists based in Delhi. Their group and solo work has been shown around the world, including recent installations in Belgium, New York, New Delhi, and Brazil, and has included visual art, film, books, events and more.

So what does the painting really mean? “The autodidact may be at a loss for words, but she has other ideas. Her books are unwritten, but not unread,” the group stated in an artists’ statement. “There begins the primary education of the autodidact – creating new terms for thinking, knowing, and being in the world.”

Even if none of that made sense, the beauty of art is that you can find your own interpretation in every piece and installation.

The Primary Education of the Autodidact is on display until September 4, 2012 | Audain Gallery windows, 149 W. Hastings Street (between Abbott and Cambie)


Jugni Style is a happy sponsor of the Indian Summer Festival – A festival of arts & ideas, from July 5 – 15, 2012