An exhibition, "Body as Vessel", curated by art historian Geeti Sen, at the Art Alive Gallery April 4-25 will highlight the body as a vessel which can hold "untold riches including the universe".
The body, said Sen, possesses several meanings and has taken a central form in various arts. "For some artists, the symbolic and the ritualistic significance of the body is inspired by traditional values. For others, the body has reclaimed its identity, or alternatively the psychic self, deriving from the contemporary values of the individual."
The show will feature five artists - Anupam Sud, Gogi Saroj Pal, Mithu Sen, Puneet Kaushik and Shambavi Singh.
While Sud's works will treat the woman as "empowered but vulnerable", Gogi Saroj Pal will explore the metamorphosis of an individual woman's body.
Mithu Sen will work on fragments of the body and Puneet Kaushik will paint the psychic states which affect the body. Shambhavi Singh will depict the body as a vessel of energies in a series of five acrylic paintings.