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A gold for Delhi at the Florence Biennale

art-and-culture Updated: Feb 17, 2012 00:57 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Last November, a day before her birthday, Delhi-based artist Puja Bahri, 37, dressed like a man and hopped on a truck early morning with a photographer friend. They spent half a day on the road and had beedi and food with the truck driver. The end result was a video artwork - Blow Horn. The video will be part of Bahri’s upcoming show in New York in May. Bahri is an experimental artist who likes to explore new media in art.

Now, Bahri has made India proud by winning a gold medal at the eight Biennale Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea di Firenze for another video art works of hers, titled, Maaya. “The Beinnale had many video art works on display. Most of them were conceptual work. Mine was the only work close to reality, and I think that’s what clicked,” says Bahri.

The four minute video was judged by 14 jury members. The Florence Biennale, held in December 2011 at Florence, Italy, acts as a global convocation of artists. Bahri was one of the eight Indian artists who represented their work at the nine day long affair that saw 600 artists from 70 different countries. Bahri describes her video as a ‘stop motion illusion.’ The video was created almost two years back, when the artist wanted to take a break from her usual painting routine. It is made up of 6,000 photographs taken on a digital SLR camera over a period of five days in different locations such as Delhi, Kanpur, Benaras and Lucknow. “While shooting these pictures, I had no idea that they will end up like this,” she says.

Bahri is currently working on a series of paintings that depicts the life of the common man on the road. “I have a solo coming up in New York in May and a show in Delhi by the end of this year. The paintings have the main character in monochromic tones, but the backgrounds are very vibrant,” she says.

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