7 September, 2015

Still Life

10 December, 2016

Passages Of Movement

Photos: Dinesh Khanna and Kathryn Myers

Text: Omprakash 

Dinesh Khanna and Kathryn Myers, who are showcasing their works for the first time together in reciprocation to one another’s creative interests, capture objective reality through the lens of the camera where, unlike Henry Matisse, they are exploiting the possibilities of this technological device to reveal their own visions about the world they encounter and empathise with.

The show, aptly titled Reciprocation, suggests the way they both respond to India: Dinesh Khanna as the son of the soil and Kathryn Myers as a frequent visitor to this land, seemingly to blend or reciprocate the “insider-outsider” discourse. Khanna discovers his artistic subject matter in rural India with its unassuming folks, spirited festivities and sacred rituals radiating the fragrance of life and the eventuality of its purpose. Kathryn relates to spaces as passages; passages of movement, of inhabitation, of time, of transformation and transcendence.

The exhibition runs from 12 December to 11 January at Art and Aesthetic gallery, New Delhi

3 December, 2016

At one with nature

Photos: Various artists

Text: India Habitat Centre

Curated by Dr Alka Pande, the theme exhibition titled Panchtattvas: The Road Ahead is being held in both the indoor and outdoor spaces of the Habitat Centre and includes photographs and photo-based installations on sustainability. created by the four awardees of the prestigious Photosphere grant - Harikrishna Katragadda, Monica Tiwari, Shraddha Borawake and K. R Sunil, each having been mentored in this creative process by senior photographers like Parthiv Shah, Bandeep Singh, Prabir Purkayastha and Aditya Arya respectively. 

K.R. Sunil centers his project around the ethnographic photo-documentation of ponds in Kerala which are on the verge of extinction, Monica Tiwari has trained her lens to document the lifestyle changes in children of migrant parents in the context of global-warming led migration in the Sunderbans, Harikrishna Katragadda titles his project You Can’t Step Into The Same River Twice focusing on the pollution in river Ganga and Shraddha Borawake has chosen the all-encompassing mother Earth as the topic for her installation-based photographic project titled Benevolence. The four mentors themselves will be showing their photographic work responding to that of their mentees. Some photographs by both the awardees and their mentors will also be shown at the Mandi House metro station. 

The exhibition is on till 31st December

26 November, 2016

Out of Control

Photos: Krishnendu Chatterjee

Text: Habitat World, IHC

These photos by Krishnendu Chatterjee from his series, Destroying, are the artist’s response to the terrible predicament faced by the Yamuna — one the most polluted Indian rivers, which ironically, is also among the country’s most revered water bodies. The enduring truth about its continuity and nourishment of the capital city, bearing witness to changing times and countless generations, did not help the river escape the filth that it accumulates every day. 

Festivities, ceremonies and processions of all kinds, along the river have become so commonplace that it is mistreated with religious and political legitimacy. And when this is coupled with the development narrative that fuels industrial activity and unrestrained consumption, no questions can be asked. The artist exposes the duplicity where cultural practices and the philosophy of modern life exert tremendous pressure on the ecosystem. He locates some of these moments amounting to cutting off our critical lifeline, triggering honest introspection.

The exhibition is on at the Delhi O’ Delhi Foyer, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi till 30 November


19 November, 2016

Back To The Drawing Board
Photos: Various artists
Text: Gallery 7
These drawings and watercolours are part of an ongoing show, entitled The Melting Pot, at Gallery 7 in Mumbai. The exhibition features 100 works in multiple mediums by India’s leading modern and contemporary artists, including M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, Ram Kumar, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Jogen Chowdhury, Bhupen Khakkar, and K.G. Subramanyan among several others.
This unique and unmissable exhibition has been carefully curated through contributions by various artists and collectors. The other highlight of the exhibition is that all the works that are on display are being offered to prospective buyers at dramatically reduced prices for the festive season.
The show is on till 30 November.

12 November, 2016

The Gift Of Speed

Photos: Vicky Roy

Text: Guardian 20

These photographs of children skating, all taken by Vicky Roy, are from India’s first rural skatepark built in 2015 in Janwaar, Madhya Pradesh. The skatepark was set up by the Janwaar Castle Community Organisation, which is a non-profit body conceptualised by Ulrike Reinhard, a German economist and social activist.

The skatepark aims to instil confidence and and a sense of trust in children by making them interested in committing to a goal. Along with teaching them this new skill, the children here will also learn social skills.

The organisers have set up a rule to promote education in Janwaar village which says: no government school, no skateboarding. This has further motivated children to attend school more often than before. The park, the only one of its kind in India, was financed through an auction.


5 November, 2016

Beauty and Horror

Photos: Juul Kraijer

Text: Vadehra Art Gallery

These images, by the Dutch artist Juul Kraijer, are from an ongoing exhibition at Delhi’s Vadehra Art Gallery.

In her photographs, Juul extracts what she calls a “lasting image” from the very painstakingly constructed staged situations. Several of these photographs took her days to compose, the process involving diverse experiments with the viscosity of glycerin to finding out what a specific kind of beetle eats and how to persuade it to stay on a human face. In her drawings, Juul works with a rather different strategy, where one can perceive a constant adjustment of all the elements of the image, many of which remain at least partly visible.

 In all these artworks the face of the protagonist presents a calmness, which the artist chooses to interlay with the primal fear of reptiles and insects and the two intersect to create a sense of surprise and awe. In this way, her works operate between the constructs of horror and beauty as much as they do between the binaries of the real and the imagined.

The exhibition will continue till 19 November

29 October, 2016

City, Multiplicity
Photos: Various photographers
Text: Guardian 20
These photographs are from an ongoing exhibition, entitled Delhi, at the recently set up Art Zone gallery in Delhi’s Pullman hotel. The show includes contributions by eminent photographers such as Raghu Rai, Amit Mehra, Dinesh Khanna, Nemai Ghosh, Paresh Maity, Nitin Rai, Saba Hasan, Gopi Gajwani, Akhil Syngal, Nabarun Mookerjee, Nandini Keswani, Nitin Choudhary, Claudia Sanchez de la Barquera, Kartik Wahie, Nikhil Ohri, Anupam Mallick and Sahil Solanki.
Ina Puri, who has curated show, says, “Curatorially, it is a challenge to see what the city of Delhi means to different people. From early times to the present day, the city has tolerated individual patterns of life, eccentricities, passions, obsessions and expressions of love. We asked photographers to share the idea of the capital city and what it means to them —to claim ownership of a city that belongs to all and none. Cool and edgy, the images will present plural views of the city that have rarely been seen before.”
The exhibition is on at Delhi’s Pullman hotel till 20 November

24 October, 2016

Global Citizens

Photos: Kounteya Sinha, Paroma Mukherjee, Shome Basu

Text: Tomasz Kozlowski

These images are from an ongoing exhibition, New Homelands: The Indian Diaspora in the European Union.

For people of Indian origin now living in Europe, the reasons for their choice are as diverse and intriguing as the paths that took them to their new homes.  How did they make the transition to Europe, learning new customs, a new profession perhaps, and often, a new language? How do they see the society they live in and now call home? What happens when their children are born in Europe developing new and multiple identities?

At the invitation of the European Union Delegation to India, three Indian photojournalists have just spent a month meeting people of Indian origin who have made their home in the European Union. Through their lenses, this cultural project, explores the myriad journeys of this diaspora, and their contributions to the countries of the European Union. I believe this exhibition will surprise and delight visitors but I am also hopeful that it will deepen understanding and goodwill between the peoples of the two biggest democracies in the world.

The exhibition continues at India Habitat Centre till 7 November; curated walks of the exhibition will be held daily from 21-30 October, at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends. 

15 October, 2016

From Persia, with love
Photos: Azadeh Akhlaghi & Babak Kazemi
Text: Shridharani Gallery
These images are part of an ongoing exhibition entitled Staging the Past, featuring works of two Iranian photographers, Azadeh Akhlaghi and Babak Kazemi. Azadeh’s works are sweeping panoramas that are carefully researched, and staged, reconstructions of scenes of assassination from Iranian history; while Babak’s images are softer, capturing the internal struggle of a human being looking to attain “freedom”.  The exhibition powerfully captures themes that resonate with the human experience — democracy, censorship, art, history and love.
In Azadeh Akhlaghi’s series, staging is of supreme importance. Akhlaghi’s “action” shots are based on written “official” eyewitness accounts that detail the assassinations of known left-leaning revolutionaries or individuals in Iran. Babak shot to prominence with his series The Exit of Shirin and Farhad, Bodies and Past Continuous Tense.
The show is on till 2 November at the Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
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