Prior to launching our plans for The Modern Review Journal in early 2021, two panel discussions as part of SA Virtual will discuss the history of journals and archives in India with specific reference to arts and culture. Culture as Print (I): The Modern Review and Beyond and Culture as Print (II): The Ever-changing Archive will address emergence and continuing journeys of a rich print culture in the subcontinent and beyond.


The emergence of a rich print culture in the subcontinent, rooted in vernacular discourses, autonomous initiatives and pan-continental circulation in early-twentieth-century served as vital grounds for the articulation of founding civic and political values, debates on culture, society and governance, and critique and resistance to the third British empire and the emergence of migration, cosmopolitanism, and revisionist trends in art and culture. The establishment and continuing journeys of publications that have served equally as foundational and kinetic forces in shaping the public sphere and promoting critical enquiries, and the life of ideas as entwined in historic ebbs and tides for the close of a century and beyond, will be the impulses explored in a discussion.


Rizio Yohannan
Rizio Yohannan is a bilingual writer, and is Chief Executive Officer and Publisher at The Marg Foundation, Mumbai. She is the Founder and Patron of the cultural thinkspace LILA Foundation for Translocal Initiatives. Her broad professional experiences as an educationist, translator and institution builder span two decades of work in the media and academics. She was earlier affiliated to the Malayala Manorama Group, Macmillan India, Navneet Publications, and Katha, and the Universities of Madras, Mumbai, and Kerala; and Shiv Nadar University. She has published three collections of poetry, two novels, two critical and edited volumes,as well as research papers and translations with reputed publishers, journals and magazines in India and abroad. She was an International Visitor to the US, and the creative director of ILF Samanvay, the Indian Languages Festival. She has served on the Advisory Boards of organisations like SPARROW, LOKA and the IIC, New Delhi, and is an external mentor of the Ashoka Young India Fellowship.

Mark Rappolt is the Editor-in-Chief of ArtReview. He founded its sister publication, ArtReview Asia, in 2013. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, ranging from The Times and Die Zeit to i-D and Citizen K, and includes exhibition catalogues on artists such as David Cronenberg, Bharti Kher, Vaughn Spann, Yuko Mohri and Liu Xiadong. Books include monographs on architects Greg Lynn and Frank Gehry. Between 2016 and 2018, with Aimee Lin, he curated Xiàn Chang, a special section of the West Bund Art & Design fair in Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include Like a Moth to a Flame (2017), co-curated with Tom Eccles and Liam Gillick), a two-part exhibition at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and the OGR, Turin; Now or Never (2018) at Galerie Crone, Vienna; Sometimes You’re the Hammer; Sometimes You’re the Nail (2019); and Zhu Jia: Faraway Friends (2020) both at Modern Art Base, Shanghai.

Devangshu Datta is a consulting editor and columnist, with interests ranging across history, political science, economics, finance, mathematics, science, and technology and the intersections between those domains. Starting early 1980s, he’s been published on a number of media outlets and platforms. Current commitments include relationships with the Business Standard, and the India Infrastructure Group. His great-grandfather, Ramananda Chatterjee founded the Modern Review and Prabasi.

Moderator: Pragya Tiwari
Pragya Tiwari writes on politics and culture, runs Oijo Media and is the Director of Flint Asia.