Social issues get a wider canvas

The eighth edition of ‘Gen Next VIII’ exhibition explores and interacts with various aspects of contemporary art. Presented by a group of 15 young creative minds, the exhibition is even more significant because of its collaboration with the Bachhawat Foundation and KHOJ, Kolkata which will select two artists for a residency program after the conclusion of the exhibition.

The artists this year have particularly devised contemporary art in an experimental way by incorporating innovations. Fabric, thread and pipe stitched on canvas makes Arpita Dey’s artwork quite unique. On the other hand the installation with wire mesh ‘Let’s play anything except hide and seek’ by Ishita Chakraborty is quite engrossing for the viewers.

The minimal use of colour, contours and playing around with white subtly to create space for thought, has been extremely done well by this young artist. Ankur Khare is also attracted by fabric and makes an abundant use of the material along with leather to express ‘Mixed Emotions’ in his work of art.

A little conventional though in the process of treatment, Krupa Makhija
expresses turmoil and tragedy of time in mixed media on canvas. Mansi Trivedi works in mixed media on plywood and on rice paper to bring out the sense of loss and reminiscence.

Neha Thakar takes us deep into the environmental cause through her archival prints ‘Drawing on Ice’ and Sonal Varshneya explores another aspect of nature – Shakti and the craving for that eternal power, in her work ‘Shakti-Lalsa’.

Touhin Hasan in his series ‘Mustafa’s dream and conflict’ also attempts to deliver personal anecdotes with the universal realities of desire and delusion with the use of computer graphics.

The selected artworks provides for an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and new media which reflect social stances on the state of affairs in the modern world. The show is open to public till October 31 from 11 am to 7 pm at Aakriti Art Gallery, F-213/A, Old M B Road,
Lado Sarai.

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