Throughout his career, Clemente has collaborated with writers and poets including Salman Rushdie, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and with Raymond Foye he even started his own press called Hanuman Books in Madras in 1985. These collaborations speak to Clemente’s deep engagement with literature throughout his career, and to the literary qualities of his art, too. In that spirit, we invited Salman Rushdie to contribute to the audio companion for the exhibition. Rushdie has chosen to read a passage from his book The Moor’s Last Sigh, an imaginative family saga that is irreverently interwoven with the history of modern India, featuring the fictitious celebrated artist Aurora da Gama. As Rushdie puts it, the passage narrates “A fictional artist’s fictional art, passionately engaged with India, set alongside Francesco’s real and also passionate engagement.”
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