There is never a dull moment for Indian art or artists, as their works get appreciation all around. But in the recent past, opportunities for the younger lot have also increased. Both foreign and local galleries are investing their money and time in these artists by exhibiting their works at international art summits and fairs.
Gallerist Bhavna Kakar, who recently exhibited artist Prajakta Palav’s works at Art Hong Kong says, “We’ve always aimed at cultivating a space that introduces emerging talent and established artists. We attempt to represent artists under our brand at international fairs that eventually leads to collaborations with other galleries and art institutions.”
Such collaborations help both the artists and the representatives. As the trend of young Indian artists going international emerges, we take a look at some of them. '
Siddhartha Tawadey, 37
Tawadey had his last show in Delhi in the year 2009. Since then, he has had more than five shows in London and USA. His latest exhibition, Sans Souci, a solo show, would open at the Art Plural Gallery in Singapore.
Tawadey will be premiering his series Sans Souci, literally translated from French as “Without worries.” Shot in an abandoned mansion on an undisclosed location, Sans Souci creates an ambiguous space that explores the notions of beauty, memory and history. The series has 12 prints besides an experimental film and an art installation.
“Beauty is often hidden in the most unlikely of spaces and the series wants to uncover it through the imagery of the mansion as an art object,” says Tawadey. Though he thinks that Indian artists are being represented abroad like never before, the support to them is limited by grants, sponsorships and the patronage of government institutions, corporates and hotels. “There’s also a lack of alternative spaces, as well as the prices at government galleries being too expensive for most artists to afford,” says Tawadey.
Arshi Ahmed, 30
Ahmed picked up the brush when she was a little girl. In school, it was the painting class that she enjoyed the most. When she grew up, she refused to be a part of her family business and joined an art school in Egypt.
“I joined the institute to brush up my skills and learn more about art,” says Ahmed. In 2007, she came to India, and in 2009, she held her first solo exhibition titled, Sufism On Canvas. Since then, there has been no looking back for Ahmed. Her current show, Towards Moksha, by ICCR, has travelled to the cities of London and Berlin.
On May 31, the same show will open at Jakubaska Gallery of Prague. It has 23 paintings and two art installations by the artist. “The exhibition portrays a pathway towards the final and alluring destination called — Moksha.”
Prajakta Palav, 32
Artist Prajakta Palav graduated from JJ College of Arts, Mumbai, in 2002. But it was the years 2005 and 2006 which proved to be a turning point in Palav’s life, as she got two major art awards — Tashi Art award and NGMA’s Future artist award during that time.
While she held her first solo in Mumbai in 2006, her first solo in Delhi was held at the Vadehra Art Gallery in 2008. In 2009, she exhibited in London at the Grosvenor Gallery. Recently, Latitude 28 represented her solo project, titled, Jelly with Nuts, at the ART Hong Kong held from May 17 to 20.
There, the artist exhibited 14 prints, which were worked on with acrylic and gesso on canvas. “The series of paintings challenge the notion of the Indian wedding pandal (pavilion) in terms of treatment and its inherent ideology and social significance,” says Palav.
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