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When art gets rewarded

The celebrated Skoda Prize currently running in its third edition in the Capital will be exhibiting the works of top 20 finalists at NGMA.

art and culture Updated: Jan 19, 2013 12:40 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Known for rewarding some of the most cutting-edge and experimental works from the Indian contemporary art scene, the Skoda Prize is currently running its third edition in the Capital. Like always, this year too, the prize has a Top 20 exhibition lined up before the announcement of the final winner, the preview of which will be held on Jan 29 at Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art.

“This prize presents and supports the art of the new generation. Most of these artists emerged in the 90s, and chose to break away from the mould of the existing art practices, giving birth to new approaches and genres,” says Rajeev Lochan, director, NGMA.

Artist Aaditi Joshi’s artwork

Interesting works include that of artists Manmeet Devgun and Adip Dutta. Autobiographical in nature, Devgun’s work comes from her experiences as a woman, a daughter, a mother and a sister. At the exhibition, she has a performance-based artwork titled, Stitched portrait, in which she constructs a new identity image through the act of cutting and sewing different parts of the face to create an unrecognisable human face. Dutta’s work, on the other hand, uses everyday objects, either inflated to a gigantic scale that they become unrecognisable, or reduced to miniatures that could belong to a doll’s house.

In November 2012, the prize, juried by art historian Geeta Kapur, gallerist Anupam Poddar, artist Sheela Gowda and Swiss curator Mirjam Viradinis announced the top four finalists as LN Tallur, Srinivasa Prasad, Shilpa Gupta and CAMP. The winner will be awarded on February 1 by South African artist William Kentridge.

About his work, Prasad says, “There are photographs of works done around my home in Sagara and address the irony inherent in the landscape.”

Here you go...
What: Top 20 Exhibition 2013
When: January 30 to February 28 (Monday closed) Timing: 10am to 5pm
Where: The National Gallery Of Modern Art, Jaipur House, India Gate.
Nearest metro station: Central Secretariat on the Yellow Line