As one enters the campus, the first thing that catches your eye are the shani ‘installations’. Tin boxes and cut-outs adorned with marigold, the kind that you see every Saturday on traffics lights. There is a difference though.
While the sadhus and kids on the traffic lights guarantee that your wish will come true, the placard here says, “If you donate, your money will get doubled. Conditions apply.”
It is such daily events and people on the streets that inspires Sumit Kumar Sharma, a second-year student of Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), whose work is on display at the 57th annual exhibition in Delhi College of Art.
“I wanted to showcase the insecurities of people that others play on, promising them a bright future when we all know that the money is being misused,” explains Sharma.
If Sharma is inspired by day-to-day events, Bharti Verma, a final-year student of BFA likes to express herself in the realm of dreams.
“I am inspired by Salvador Dali’s art style. His interpretation of Sigmund Freud’s work through his paintings is amazing,” said Verma, who has been awarded the Bishwanath Mukherjee award.
Diwas Bisht’s work is a take on virtual reality. “Today, we seek friends through social networking sites and post comments every second but we know nothing about our neighbours. There is a desperate attempt to feel wanted or acknowledged through mediums which are not real. Hence, we fake our own feelings too,” said the final-year BFA student.
Aditi Agarwal’s paintings are based on ‘stream of consciousness’ (when you express yourself without any reservation).
A final-year student of BFA, Aditi has won the Sailoz Award for topping the batch and draws inspiration from American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and British painter Chris Ofili.
“The composite animals in my paintings are symbolic of the complex thoughts and ideas that cross our minds everyday.”
Besides paintings and installations, there are some brilliant photographs on display too.
Deepak Singh Kathait, a final-year student of Applied Arts tries to showcase alternate sexuality through photos.
“I have tried to portray a man who feels like a woman and is unhappy with his physical appearance.”
The exhibition will be on till March 19.