Tereza Kuldova was born on the 17th of August 1985 in Prague, Czech Republic in family of cultural connoisseurs and intellectuals. From an early age she has exhibited strong interest in social anthropology, philosophy and the study of cultural diversity, in addition to art, global art history and aesthetics. Early in her career she conducted fieldwork in eastern Slovakia among the Gypsy community. After moving to Norway in 2006, she has focused largely on the South Asian region, and conducted several long term fieldworks in Northern India among the elites, high end fashion designers and largely impoverished craft communities, focusing on the dynamics of heritage luxury and the production of prestige and connoisseurship. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Oslo. She has curated and designed a museum exhibition based on her doctoral thesis that attracted crowds inside the Museum of Cultural History and received considerable amount of media attention. She has published on issues of class and power in India, as much as aesthetics, masculinities and femininities and material culture.
Photo: Kirsten Helgeland, 2013
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS CURATED BY Tereza Kuldova with
As a part of the Freedom exhibition at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, from 16th May 2014-31st December 2014.
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Once upon a time glamorous, smoking has become a dirty silly habit of the unenlightened that increasingly offends the sensitivity of the vulnerable non-smoker striving for health. On behalf of the vulnerable individual and against the unenlightened irrational smoker, the state has decided to place disturbing health warnings on cigarette packages and prohibit smoking in a range of public places.
PUBLIC LECTURE AND EXHIBITION TOUR
9th October 2013 - 5:30 PM, at Historical Museum, Frederiks gate 2, Oslo
Indian Chic - Magical Atmospheres and Spectacular Capitalism
The India of the elites, the rich and the powerful, has long been a terra incognita for social scientists. Fashion has equally been stigmatized for decades in the academia as an unserious or even unworthy object of inquiry. This lecture, based on Tereza Kuldova’s doctoral project, will, to the contrary, show that taking fashion seriously as an entry point into the social worlds of elite consumers, fashion designers and producers, might reveal the most peculiar things about life in contemporary urban North India, from the obsession with prestige via identity politics to the nature of corruption and black money.
We will begin the evening with a tour through the ‘Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism’ exhibition, an exhibition curated and designed by Tereza Kuldova. Then we will move to the lecture room, refresh ourselves with wine and Indian curry, and continue with the lecture, accompanied by photographs and short movies. We also have a special collection of dresses by a famous Indian designer, Samant Chauhan, for sale at the event!
Come and join us for a virtual trip across the spectacularly capitalist India of the elites.
Exhibition tour, lecture, short movies, wine and Indian curry are waiting for you!