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Project Delhi at Art Fair

As the fifth edition of the Indian Art Fair (IAF) comes closer to opening in the Capital next week, we bring you some of the special projects supported and represented by various Delhi-based galleries.

art and culture Updated: Jan 27, 2013 12:13 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

As the fifth edition of the Indian Art Fair (IAF) comes closer to opening in the Capital next week, we bring you some of the special projects supported and represented by various Delhi-based galleries.

Sanctum Sanctorum: A Corner For Four Sisters and Roots

Sanctum Sanctorum: A corner for four sisters by artist V Ramesh takes you on a visual journey where the artist has quoted the voices of four women poets: Lal Ded from Kashmir, Karaikkal Ammiyar and Andal from Tamil Nadu and Akka Mahadevi from Karnataka. Ramesh has been fascinated by the poetry of these women poets because of the transgressive nature of their acts —they all left home to wander as poet-saints, spreading their poetry and musings on divinity. Israeli artist Achia Anzi’s work called The Roots, made in metal pipes, wire mesh, sandbags and sand represent a desire to penetrate the land in order to get a grip of the ground. Both these projects are represented by Gallery Threshold.

This artwork by artist Reena Saini Kallat is a wooden sculpture comprising twenty pieces that fit together to form a cube. It is made of sections that simulate sport-podiums. Arranged within the stable geometry and universal order of the cube, these podiums however, are set in flux with their jumbled numbering and levels, ranking, grading and hierarchy gone awry — ideas of success and accomplishment reshaped to re-configure the victory stand into a plaything. The project is supported by Nature Morte.

Collapse And Repair
Supported by Gallerie Alternatives in Gurgaon, this project helmed by artist Krishna Murari, is a juxtaposition of the process of making art that involves collapse and repair. According to the artist, archaic beliefs, intolerance, aggression in societies cutting across civilisations and continents continue to thrive and are practiced in extreme and violent forms. Conflict and attack intended to cause situations that lead to partial and total collapse, often a collapse
beyond repair. The artist repents and reconciles through a process known as repair.

The Fall and Rip

Both the works are from artist Sachin George Sebastian’s previous series — Metropolis & Cityplanners. Supported by Exhibit 320, these larger than life artworks talk about the changes a city sees at various levels. The Fall, as imagined by the artist, is the impending fall of humanity. The bare black tree branching out in all four directions is dotted by uninhabited block buildings, satellite and telephone towers. The tree is an allegory of hope and its leafless state implies an end of life. RIP — Regression In Progression, is a peep hole to the artist’s thought space. The work is representative of a huge wave by the artist that is made up of the buildings, people, wires, poles and towers. This monstrous wave is moving forward without much defined direction consuming a bit or whole of everything it has on its path.

Problem Of Interaction And Albanoalba
Artist Dilip Chobisa’s Problem of Interaction, which will be placed outside the media lounge, is a an interactive seven feet high room-like structure adorned
with printed canvases and mirror. It has images of landscapes, doors and windows. “The moment you are inside the space, your image will interact with multiple images of others present there,” says Chobisa.

Albanoalba by artist Siddhartha Kararwal is a sculptural installation of an eight feet high rabbit made of LED tubes, red bulbs and sound sensors. It will be stationed right at the entrance of the fair grounds.

The intensity of the light would depend on the sound around it. Both the projects are supported by Latitude 28.