Outset India supported an exclusive preview of the exhibition, Gandhi Tolstoy Farm: Archive of Utopia for its Outset patrons. Curated by Gayatri Sinha and co-supported by Aparajita Jain, of Seven Arts Ltd the preview was held at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in April 2011.
Gandhi Tolstoy Farm reflects the subjective and creative analysis of the philosophies of Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy and Nelson Mandela. In the early 20th century, the humble farm was the fount of satyagraha or the peaceful resistance movement for Indians in South Africa and a century later, it became inspiration for African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, who also wrote about it.
Located outside Johannesburg in South Africa, the farm is today a part of a brick-making company. For most of the artists in the exhibition, ‘Gandhi Tolstoy Farm’ is a symbolic utopia that envisaged an ideal post-colonial life in South Africa.