Curated by Prima Kurien,
An exhibit that has brought together distinct visual vocabularies to illustrate the meaning of home, displacement and migration. Every facet of imagery reflects an artist’s definition of environment and their own interactive function in it. Encouraging us to delve deeper into the complex ideas of shifting cities, evolving domestic spaces and their impact on the human spirit and mind.
There is an innate need to tell a story of a world that was left behind and how its remnants exist in the present. Ram Dongre’s canvases speak of mural traditions that celebrate the wealth of vernacular practices pervading generations emphasising on an intuitive relationship between forms and intangible stories, whereas Viswanath Kuttum’s creative process delves into the idea of folktales native to the land of Andamans, a cacophony of forms and ideas that have evolved and mutated with his shift to the metropolis.
Memory plays an important role in each artwork, as encapsulated by Ayushi Ojha’s work dissecting the memory of oceanic ecosystems while Santanu Dey’s artworks are visual homages to the might of nature with poetic undertones. These poetic reveries are felt even more deeply in the intricately carved marble works by Cyrus emulating pieces belonging to the lands of yore.
In the odyssey to narrate the stories of their surroundings, Pankaj Chouhan and Brojeswer Mondal view the transient essence of the topographic surfaces as part of their visual vocabulary. Similarly, Sunil Yadav juxtaposes his perceptions of bucolic settings against cityscapes in his geometric mappings.
Conversely, going inward Rinku Choudhary’s figurations are firmly planted in the surreal world, purely cerebral in nature. Subsequently, this exploration of the inner mind is illustrated through minimalistic drawings by Parul Sharma.
Encapsulating each artist’s journey, be it in the corporeal world or metaphysical one, the
exhibit ‘In a State of Flux’ consciously deciphers and delineates the power of visual
storytelling – unravelling the unique and the universal through the lens of ten individual
Written by Juhi Mathur