Friday, September 20, 2013

Studio Suhag, Missives Show, Return of the Yogini and more..


Studio Suhag

(A photography work at the show)
Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi presents a solo show of photography works by eminent photographer Suresh Punjabi, titled, ‘Studio Suhag’. The show is curated by Christopher Pinney and will see the launch of a book by the curator titled, ‘Artisan Camera : Studio photography from Central India’

The show presents the highlights of some 2000 or so images salvaged after the monsoon of 2010 by the visula anthropologist, Christopher Pinney in collaboration with Suresh Punjabi, the studio owner. The works on display show a glimpse into a small town Nagda, Madhya Pradesh in late 1970s, bringing forth a city in effigy in a most significant and comprehensive way through the photographs.

The show will commence on 25th September 2013 and is on view till 9th October 2013.

Contemporary Indian Sculpture

Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, presents a screening of the film, ‘Contemporary Indian Sculpture’. The film is directed by eminent director Buddhadeb Dasgupta, and will be screened at the Auditorium, Government Museum & Art Gallery. Chandigarh on 22nd of September 2013 at 5:00 pm.

The film is presented by Films Division and script is written by Pranabranjan Ray, photography by Dhrubajyoti Bose, editing by Ujjwal Nandi, music by Biswadeb Dasgupta sound by Durga Mitra and narration is by Dhritiman Chatterjee.

(A work by Ghiora Aharoni)
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai presents a unique multi medium show by Israeli architect and designer, Ghiora Aharoni. Titled, ‘Missives’ it is an exclusive exhibition of installations, photographs, collages, and vintage phulkaris created using invaluable love letters written by his mother as an adolescent in 1950s. Through this exhibition, Ghiora explores a gamut of emotions, universal notions of desire, ritual and courtship and his family history.

The letters have been beautifully incorporated in the displayed installations and juxtaposed with vintage photographs and letters accumulated by Ghiora in India. The crumpled letters, their digitally printed and over-scaled reproductions on Japanese paper and pictures collected from India connect the emotions of his mother to a universal landscape of experience and memory. Besides pictures and installations, Missives also showcases snippets of the letters embroidered on bridal phulkaris, blended with a variety of drawings of Indian architecture, images capturing every day life of Indians and various symbols. 

Precisely, ‘Missives’ is a symbolic narrative encompassing love, yearning, history and culture curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta.  The exhibition is divided in two parts; it begins in the Industrial Arts Gallery within the Museum and continues in the Kamalnayan Bajaj Special Exhibition Galleries.

The show is on view till 17th November 2013

Return of the Yogini
(The Yogini)
National Museum, New Delhi presents a unique, first-of-its-kind event, with an exhibition centered around one item instead of a collection. The item on display is an exquisite 10th-century stone sculpture of the Yogini.

This artifact was stolen from a temple in Uttar Pradesh and was acquired by a collector in Paris for his private collection. The sculpture has only recently been donated back to India by the collector’s widow.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Smt. Chandresh Katoch, Minister of Culture and Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of External Affairs.

The Yogini sculpture is on view till 6th October 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


And thereby hangs a tale

Hanging Terraces brings together 26 artistes and diverse thoughts and mediums

(A work at the show)
Hanging Terraces offers a world within itself — an exhibition of 26 artists from Kerala, the works range from acrylic to metal and cut-piece cloth to everyday objects. The themes are varied and yet, intrinsically linked to life and to the universe.
Hilma Hari’s pieces are found all over the gallery, crouching, peeping, sitting — silhouettes of women made from cut-piece cloth on polyfoam. They have long, wavy hair that falls by their side. Perhaps that’s why the series is called ‘Guerrilla girls revisit’. Sanal C’s oil on canvas, ‘Electrified’, has a blue man with wiry hair that’s standing at its end. The blue man could be the earth and the strands of his multi-coloured hair could be the roots that connect every being. The man’s face exudes mixed expressions of pathos and delight, indicating the confused lives we lead.
(a work at the show)
The Love Jihad could be a mythical tale, or maybe not. A lady in white, with long, curly raven hair is tuning back to look at her feet that seems to have been pricked by something. A bird with a long braid for a tail and orange wings perches on a tree nearby and watches. A man with a bull head holding a bow and arrow (with a rose at its tip) stands behind her. Cactuses fill the floor. Depiction of intense emotions, indeed! Suvitha K V revisits her childhood in ‘Pages from the past’. The painting itself appears like a worn out single-ruled notebook, with a house by a river. Another frame shows the river teaming with ducks and of course, like any child who used these notebooks, there are patterns and doodles between the lines. And a lamp in between, in no particular order, like snatches of memory.
(a work at the show)
Working with different materials are Basil Baby and Abdul Haque. Basil uses watercolour and charcoal on paper. The hair and bindi in his works are arranged around the main character like raindrops . They fall intermittently, all over the canvas, while the nearly bald man crouches on a rope.
(a work at the show)
Abdul’s installation is colourful and yet powerful. He uses polythene bags, cloth and locally collected objects to build a mountain of trash. Here, pink plastic bags shaped like grenades (though they look like large strawberries) are arranged on top. Another installation in the middle of the room is Chitra E G’s ‘Abreaction’. A metal woman, formed of fused ringlets, lies horizontally, a little above the floor and the only thing that supports her apparent levitation is her hair, which falls down to the floor. An acrylic-on-canvas nearby is Shajith R B’s After rain, which captures Kerala. The splashes of colour are a blend of yellow, green and blue in which you can trace some palm trees, shacks and a snaking stream.
Hanging Terraces is on display till September 25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gallery Veda, 4/22 Rutland Gate, Fifth Street, Nungambakkam,Chennai.

(Report by Anusha Parthasarathy for The Hindu)

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