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Talking about art for a farmer's cause

In an effort to bring out the plight of Indian farmers and speak of the imbalances in the pattern of land use in India, Kiran Chandra, a Kolkata born New York-based artist brings to the city her show Project 2012.01 at Shrine Empire Gallery.

art and culture Updated: Jan 22, 2012 01:37 IST

In an effort to bring out the plight of Indian farmers and speak of the imbalances in the pattern of land use in India, Kiran Chandra, a Kolkata born New York-based artist brings to the city her show Project 2012.01 at Shrine Empire Gallery.

The installation made with piles of clay have taken up the gallery space to resemble farmland. In one corner, the artist has planted jowar and paddy which will grow throughout a month’s period of the exhibition.

The gallery has been wrapped in fabric printed with audio file images of interviews and conversations that Chandra has had with farmers and their families in Chattisgarh.

“The essence of my art is disconnect and dislocation between the personal and the political, rural and urban and between the public and private, art and the world,” says Chandra.

The installation brings together a variety of mediums like textiles, video, mud, grass, seeds, charcoal drawings and audience participation to highlight the changing socio-econonic environment.

Chandra will also debut at the India Fair January 25-29 with an installation, The State of Bengal a mixed artscape of icons and symbols representing Bengal.

On at: The Shrine Empire Gallery, 7, Friends Colony

Till: February 18.