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Art in Delhi: of new wings, perspectives and artists

Subuhi Parvez, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 17, 2014
First Published: 14:54 IST(17/4/2014) | Last Updated: 16:18 IST(17/4/2014)
Art in the city is finding new wings and ­perspectives through special ­residencies. One such place is Sanskriti, a ­residency for artists.

Delhi has been home to many artists. This year too, a variety of ­artists from different parts of the world have made the city their home. Interestingly, these are only women artists.

Artist Baaraan Ijlal, Australian artist Vicki Mcconville and Spanish artist Ana B Hernandez. (HT PHOTO)

Ana B Hernandez, 36, is a Spanish artist. She has an obsession for the colour red and trees. Ana, who has come to India for the first time, works on outdoor installations.

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"When I was growing up in Spain, I felt a strong connection, a real bond with trees. I used to think they are hands of earth, coming out to give us comfort and also reach out to the sky. These trees have stories within themselves, which makes them beautiful," she explains.

Anindita Dutta’s works are made from extensive use of clay and other mediums; Spanish artist Ana B Hernandez's work on a tree that represents a cocoon, a large tree with red cloth shows a connection between humans and nature. (HT PHOTO)

Baaraan Ijlal, 37, is a Delhi-based artist, who gives credit to this ­programme for inspiring her to finish her big ­project. She has been reading up a pile of ­history books to do ­justice to her latest work, Cities and Memories — which documents the visual histories of two cities, Calcutta and Bombay.

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"I share my own experiences of fearing the loss of a 100-year-old maternal house. These narratives are painted layer after layer on ­canvas," says Ijlal.

Australian artist Vicki Mcconville's art work. (HT PHOTO)

Vicki Mcconville, 55, is an Australian artist, who is in India for the third time for a very large ­project as part of the Prime Minister Australia Asia Awards. "I am ­interested in mirrors and shadows – things that ­create an ­immersive environment. My installations tend to have a layered approach. I also use sound tracks," she says.

Another Indian artist, Anindita Dutta, who is here for the first time, is overwhelmed with the residency. Her works are based on clay. "My works are based on performances and sculptural ­installations, which explore the inner struggles and fragility within us. I create dialogues on how psychological, social and political conflicts shape our lives," she says.


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