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Back to the drawing board

A group of 16 artists from India and Pakistan are working on an innovative project that will be a part of the fourth edition of India Art Fair 2012, scheduled to take place in Delhi from January 25-29. Titled, Narratives of the Self, the project will see the participating artists sketch the incidences from their lives on sketch books.

art and culture Updated: Nov 26, 2011 01:43 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

A group of 16 artists from India and Pakistan are working on an innovative project that will be a part of the fourth edition of India Art Fair 2012, scheduled to take place in Delhi from January 25-29. Titled, Narratives of the Self, the project will see the participating artists sketch the incidences from their lives on sketch books.

Explaining the concept behind the show, Renu Modi of Gallery Espace, who has conceptualised the show, says, “Sketches always fascinate me and that’s why we did a sketch book show in early 2000. Till now, this medium has not been explored much in terms of its presentation. For this particular show, we have painted drawings, which are a very unexplored medium.”

All the artworks are carried out in A4 sheets in the form of drawing books and scrolls. However, the presentation will be in the form of a five feet canvas. “Another reason to choose a sketch book is that it is not only used as a drawing pad, but is also an artist’s personal diary, where he pens down his memories,” adds Modi.

Artists such as Anju Dodiya, Chintan Upadhyay, Jitish Kallat, Jyoti Bhatt, Krishen Khanna, Madhvi Parekh and Manjunath Kamath are currently working on this project using different medium such as digital art, folk and sculptures. “It’s a six months long procedure and we are all very eager to see the end products. When contacted for this project, all the artists were really supportive and immediately agreed for it,” says Modi.

“I’ve been working on an autobiographical work from some time. These paintings are not yet shown, and when I was offered Narratives of the Self, I immediately accepted,” says artist Manisha Gera Baswani.

All these works are for sale and according to Modi, they are rare collectible items.

Watch it here
What: Narratives of the Self
When: January 27 to February 27
Where: Gallery Espace, Community Centre, New Friends Colony
Nearest Metro Station: Jasola Apollo on the Violet Line