A different take on art

Paintings and sculptures are part of all art exhi-bitions, but this time, artists are showing what they have derived from their day- to-day lives in exhibitions ‘Degenerate’, curated by Blessy Augustine and ‘Identity Control’, curated by Julia Villasenor Bell.

‘Degenerate’ has artworks by artists like Ruby Chishti, Minal Damani, Jagannath Panda, Ashim Purkayastha and B Ajay Kumar Sharma. On the other hand, ‘Identity Control’ is showcasing artworks by Shilpa Gupta, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Natalia Ludmila and Armando Miguelez, to name a few.

The works in the exhibition ‘Degenerate’ look at life in a city. ‘Giant crows’ in Gurgaon by Jagannath and ‘Yudhisthira’s’ by Atul Bhalla show some of the highlights of city.

Through the artworks, artists have also tried to show how people are destroying the rivers and forests.

On the other hand, in ‘Identity Control’, artists deal with notions of policing, tracking, security, immigration, loss of individuality and rebellion, all of which are issues that affect us at more than one level.

Shilpa’s photographic series shows the security measures taken while people transit the globe as well as the concepts of borders.

Whereas, Armando’s pictures show places like immigration departments at airports. 

Artists Karthik KG, is showcasing an interactive audio-visual piece using a sensor and a special software that captures the presence of the visitor in the gallery space.

Through this he wants to show the idea of invisible mapping through technology, which was earlier used by governments and police agencies to sense the presence of individuals.

In ‘The State of Affairs’, artist Natalia has reinterpreted a series of images she finds on the internet about the recent protests around the world. Her watercolours
portray protesters and police in empty backgrounds, giving the sense of the
tensed situation.

The exhibition is on till June 17 at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony.

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