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Art for Commonwealth

During the Games, art galleries in the city plan to attract foreign visitors by displaying their major collection.

art and culture Updated: Aug 27, 2010 02:09 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

As the city prepares for the mega sports event (Commonwealth Games), the art galleries are not lagging behind. While most of the galleries are planning to exhibit the cultural heritage of our country, there are some who plan to highlight the contemporary Indian art.

Gallery Ragini is presenting an art show “Creating Commonwealth”, inspired by the Games. The exhibition talks about the British influence in our life. “The British Raj has left an imperial legacy behind, which is reflected in our history, culture and of course, art. That is the main focus of our exhibit. We have 30 contemporary artists, presenting a range of art work from digital to canvas, sculptures and art installations”, says Nidhi Jain, the gallery owner.

“We even have international artists from different Commonwealth countries, facilitating an understanding and experience of how the imperial rule affected societies”, adds Jain.

Religare Art Gallery too, is coming up with an exhibit titled “Looking Glass — The Existence of difference”, featuring 20 Indian contemporary artists. Explaining the concept, Mukesh Panika, director, Religare Arts Initiative, says, “It’s not a show but a project that will mark three major events — art exhibit, book launch and an international seminar on ‘Art Practices in an Age of Cultural Relativism’. Though this show we are projecting the works of Indian contemporary artists to the world and what better time than Common-wealth Games.”

Lalit Kala Akademi, one of the oldest art organisations in the country, will display an interesting concept. “Art celebrates! 2010” that will bring together 12 galleries from Delhi. “This specially curated art show will focus on sports and the relevance of sports in the miniature paintings and contemporary artworks”, says Rupika Chawla, curator of the show.

“Blue prints of various art works will also be put up at various flyovers and metro trains”, adds Chawla. The participating galleries include Art Alive and Gallery Espace among others.

Exhibitions to watch out for
Double whammy: An exhibition of contemporary photography, showcasing a dialogue between two of the finest and most influential photographers of the world: Raghu Rai from India and Graciela Iturbide from Mexico. On till October 31, at the Gallery of the Instituto Cervantes. Hanuman Road, Connaught Place.

Fluid forms: A solo exhibit by fine art photographer Farah Ahmed, is a series of abstract depiction of natural and built shapes. Her style is evident in the painting-like photographs which have an unusual illusory perspective. On till August 31, at the Convention Center Foyer, India Habitat Centre

Duality: Curated by lensman S Paul (who was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Vice President of India), the show is replete with images that defy conventional landscape photography. In this show photographer Madhavi Swarup has chosen to juxtapose one image that is predominantly black with one that is white. On till September 13, at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre