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What Is a Trade? Donald Fels and Signboard Painters of South India
September 13, 2008 - January 18, 2009

Exhibition Resources

Donald Fels homepage 
Learn more about Donald Fels and his time in Southern India.
Donald Fels is represented by Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

Vasco Project
See pictures of Fels’ work to emerge from his time in India and learn more about the inspirations and influences behind What Is a Trade?

Signboards as Mirrors of Cultural Change 
Gaurav Mathur’s 2005 article in the Design Issues on India’s rich design history due to the mix of cultural influences over time and the current conflict of modern deign ideas and methods conflicting with past traditional ways of Indian designs.

Hidden Typographers of India 
An interview with “hoarding artists,” or sign painters.

Watch signboard painting in action
Part of the India Cinema exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London featured the artistry of hoarding artists. Watch a video about the creation of a Bollywood sign board.

Learn more about Kerala tourism and government 
Information about the Indian state where Fels created works for this exhibition.
Vasco da Gama’s Journey to India 
da Gama’s journal entries, from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.

Globalization 101 
A guide to globalization with resources, news analyses, and issue briefs on this complex international issue.

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