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Bizarre and enthralling

Get spooked by your shadow, marvel at a giant man with skin made of velvet and marvel at a three-part horse.

art and culture Updated: Dec 11, 2009 20:18 IST
Damini Purkayastha

Get spooked by your shadow, marvel at a giant man with skin made of velvet and marvel at a three-part horse.

Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvelous Reality is an exhibition that brings together works by 36 Indian and international artists. Celebrating 20 years of Delhi’s Gallery Espace, the exhibition offers works that range from quirky and refreshing to political and questioning.

For instance, Nikhil Chopra’s video Sir Raj III being screened on an ancient television shows him wearing a British army officer’s uniform, lying on the banks of a river like a Nawab and eating fruit. Ranbir Kaleka’s Ouroboros is fascinating. The artist has created a life-size that is broken up into three parts and the hind legs are placed ahead of the body while the rider flashes a torchlight into it.

Gigi Scaria’s video installation Political Realism literally opens the door to a debate on 9/11, Iraq, while Bandeep Singh’s Pot Bearer is a mastery of perspective. One of the most striking works is the eight feet tall The Invisible Citizen by Jagannath Pande — a Neanderthal holding on to Earth, a teddy bear and a tattered tie. Skulls of Chintan Upadhyay’s smart aleck babies hang from the cieling while lizards crawl across Sheba Chachhi’s multi-layered work.

But it’s Shilpa Gupta’s Shadow 2 that steals the show. An interactive installation, your shadow becomes part of the work as soon as you enter. Bricks fall on you, other shadows interact with you, and windows open at your touch. It’s one work of art you have to check out.

On at Lalit Kala Akademi, Coppernicus Marg till December 18