On Art As Politics: Book Release
Curated by: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture in association with Tara Books
Language Arts

Book Release of ‘Another History of the Children’s Picturebook: from Soviet Lithuania to India’ and ‘God of Money’


We are delighted to invite you for a discussion and presentation on books ‘Another History of the Children’s Picturebook: from Soviet Lithuania to India’ and ‘God of Money’. Editorial Director of Tara Books, V. Geetha will be in conversation with author and journalist Jerry Pinto.

The books feature art as illustration, argument and narrative. The visual is not subordinate to the text, but exists in conversation with it, sometimes affirming what words say, but also suggesting meanings that are not verbally expressed. In some cases, the visual communicates on its own, with words playing the part of taglines or captions.

In all instances, images call out to be 'read' on their own terms, and the artist's hand, evident in his or her use of color, line or compositional details, convey worldviews that are otherwise not expressible. This is particularly true of the artists we work with - since they are from indigenous and rural communities with tenuous links to the world of culture as it is generally understood. It is also equally true of artists who work with ideas and yet not be trapped by the habitual meanings of words.

God of Money is a contemporary visual response to Karl Marx’s text, the 170-year-old book that is still relevant today- in a world that is ugly and brutalized by money. Spanish illustrator Maguma recreates this celebrated rant against the mind numbing power of money in the context of contemporary development.

Another History of the Children’s Picturebook: from Soviet Lithuania to India is an unusual dialogue on picture book history, combining narratives from two historical locations, India and Soviet Lithuania. At a particular period in Indian history, cheaply available Soviet picture books, in English and vernacular translations, changed the way Indian children read. This was part of the Soviet Union’s effort to spread socialist culture across the world. This book calls for a re-imagining of global picture book history: with the former Soviet Union at the center of this narrative web.

The books will be on sale at a pop-up by Trilogy.

Curated by G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture and presented in association with Tara Books.

Entry is free and open to all. RSVP by sending an email to info@g5a.org


About the artist

Tara Books is a collective of writers, artists and designers, based in Chennai, south India. They publish illustrated and handmade books for children and adults. While they generate many of their titles in-house, they also work with artists, writers and designers across the world. Known for their richly illustrated books, they offer a unique list that includes titles in children’s literature, photography, graphic novels, art and art education.


Jerry Pinto's novel Em and the Big Hoom won the Windham-Campbell award managed by the Beinecke Library at the Yale University; the Sahitya Akademi award; the Hindu Lit for Life award and the Crossword award. His analysis of the figure of Helen in Helen: the life and times of  Bollywood H-Bomb won him the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema. He is on the board of MelJol, an NGO that works in the child rights space; SPARROW, an archive for women; and The People's Free Reading Room & Library, one of his city's first public libraries. 


The Black Box

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