Asian artists use a snake and a magic carpet to bind art

  • Mahim Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2014 16:23 IST

A 120-feet-long snake made from ankle bells is carefully placed inside Exhibit 320, an art gallery in the Capital.

The installation, that starts from the roof and spreads onto the floor, reminds us of how we are mostly ­neither here, nor there, in our ­existence, and is aptly titled, Between.

This is one of the many artworks that are part of Past Tradition, an ongoing art exhibition by six artists of Asian origin.

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The six ­paintings, two ­installations, an art video and a carpet, showcase the ­aesthetics and inveiglement of art and ­typify how extolled Asian ­artists have similar sensibilities and a cultural connect.

The creator of the snake installation, Vibha Galhotra, the lone Indian artist taking part in this exhibition, tells us, "I took inspiration from the human intestine. When I moved from Chandigarh to Delhi some time back, I was always eating out, and ­battling a bad immune ­system. This complex-looking piece tells that tale."

Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed, who showcases a woollen handmade carpet at the show, says, "My work explores the traditional idea of the carpet as a space for storytelling. It is influenced from Persian architecture."

We also spoke to Pakistani artist Waqas Khan, who ­displays a drawing on wasli ­(handmade paper used for painting miniatures).

"My work explores Sufism. I use wasli, a modern day pen and ­permanent ink as a ­medium to explore ideas," Khan says.

Catch it live
What: Past Tradition, an art exhibition
On till: May 15 (Sundays closed)
Timings: 11am to 7pm
Where: F-320, Exhibit 320, Lado Sarai

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