Monday, March 10, 2014

Durga, The Bonding of a Dream, The Iran Issue and more..


The Bonding of Dream
( Work on display)
Gallery Space, Hyderabad presents an art exhibition of Samir Sarkar paintings that are all about creating shapes using different colors. The show is titled, ‘The Bonding of Dream’. This artist does not use any particular lines but his art works are all about using colors to achieve a desired result. The canvases look spectacular and they do express a plethora of thoughts and emotions.
The works rendered in figurative style and vibrant colors feature human figures in various actions like musicians etc.
The show is on view from 12th to 20th March 2014.

( Work on display)
The Gallery, Gurgaon invites art lovers for a special exhibition, ‘Durga – Dynamics of power, gender bias and a story of Widows in India’ by the experienced photographer, designer and art director Sharmistha Dutta. The show was launched on Women’s Day and will go on till the last week of March.

The exhibition celebrates Sharmistha’s latest works; a collection of photographs that highlight the emergence of women in India comparing them with the deity Durga. On the day of inauguration, there was a special preview of spring summer collection of Amyra by fashion designer Preeti Ghai over wine and cheese.

The show is on view till 29th March 2014.

The Iran Issue
(Work on display)
Studio 21, Kolkata presents ‘The Iran Issue’, a group show and printed quarterly comprising of 14 established and upcoming Iranian photographers, working within and outside Iran. The images include documentary and fictional narratives as well as art photography. The issue seeks to show Iran's connection with South Asian countries by dealing with varying aspects of democracy.

The photographs investigate notions of amnesia, censorship and identity through documentary, as well as staged formats. The ideas underlying the works range from encounters with the state, to a re-assessment of one’s personal life.

The show is on view till 29th March 2014.

Retrospective on Indian Cinema
( work on display)
The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC), in collaboration with the Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, and curator Nupur Tron, present a photo exhibition named ‘Retrospective on Indian Cinema’. 
To mark the occasion of the centenary of Indian cinema this year, the photo exhibition will be showcasing several iconic and many never-before-seen images of actors, scenes, sets and locations during the filming of Satyajit Ray’s films as well as the filmmaker at work, taken over a twenty-five year period, as well as an array of images of regional films and actors.

The show is on view till 19th March 2014.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)

Life and dreams
Renuka Sondhi Gulati’s exhibition “The Phoenix Woman” exhorts women to pursue their aspirations while fulfilling their responsibilities
( Work by Renuka Sondhi Gulati)
Strong lines and soft colours; realistic drawings and abstract backgrounds; details and simplicity; busts mostly of women, at any age, with their lives and their feelings are all components of the exhibition “The Phoenix Woman” by artist Renuka Sondhi Gulati at Shridharani Gallery.
Renuka’s paintings and sculptures represent women of all ages, from childhood to old age. The message behind these figures is strong and simple: that time goes by, life goes on, but we are always there and there are no loopholes. One has to accept with serenity the flow of time and understand that what one does is the true beauty of life. The simplicity of her work is vivid. Renuka’s aim is to create an art which is easy to relate to, in which subjects are not overwhelmed by too many decorations. “The painting must speak,” she says. At the same time, however, her figures are very detailed and are evidence of an in-depth study of the representation of the human figure.
Metal elements often accompany her representations, and metal is seen as a metaphysical element that brings one back to reality: a symbol of the difficulty of freeing our thoughts and our dreams. The contemporary society with its needs and its commitments, affects women’s lives more than men. They are often expected to be good mothers and good housewives, taking care of the needs of the children and the family. A woman, in most of the cases, has to be stronger than a man to achieve her dreams. A man on the contrary will not be considered a bad father even he works all day and gives priority to his career while delegating family care to his wife.
When Renuka realised that art was her future, she knew she could not let her being a wife and mother prevent her from pursuing her passion. She understood that only a happy and successful woman can be a happy and successful mother and wife too; hence she began to practice, study and work hard. Her life and art have important messages for younger generations, especially women: do not let the roles prescribed by society stop you from dreaming and realise your ambitions — all it requires is hard work and dedication.
The exhibition continues till March 16, Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, Tansen Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

( Report by Daniele Pagani for The Hindu)

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