Evocative artworks explore the concept of home at tricity exhibit

Published on Nov 26, 2022 11:25 PM IST

“Ghar (home) is where the heart resides, it is where the soul heals, where the mind rests and resets

Some of the artworks on display at the exhibition (HT Photos)
Some of the artworks on display at the exhibition (HT Photos)

“Ghar (home) is where the heart resides, it is where the soul heals, where the mind rests and resets. It is our safety net, where our stories begin – our senses come alive with the scent of our mother’s perfume and the protective presence of our father, with aromas of masalas wafting through the kitchen, drinking nimbu paani in summers and adrak wali chai in winters… Home is not a place, it’s a feeling. A longing… of the love we once had, and wish for.”

With this concept in mind, 105Arts, #105, Sector 11, Chandigarh has curated the works of 10 exceptional artists from across country to encapsulate these deep associations and bond with ‘home’.

“This exhibition endeavours to capture the magnetism of home – its lure and pull. Every aspect of home highlighted in the works of these artists will leave the viewer mesmerised and fill them with sweet nostalgia,” says curator and gallery owner, Mehak Bhan.

Artist Manisha Agrawal says, “I use the image of jars, stamps, and postcards in my works to create nostalgia and a sense of preservation. Just like we store spices in jars in our kitchens, my art has jars preserving the beauty of nature and its endangered species so that our future generations can get to see them, at least in artwork. My art studio is located near a bird sanctuary, so I get to observe the many changes various species are going through and bring them to life in my works.”

Shiv Kumar Soni says his observation of his surroundings as a child is what inspires his art. “I grew up watching birds, vibrant surroundings, colourful kites, etc and they constantly reappear in my works. I aim at capturing the enchanting magic of childhood in my works – not a care of the world, a song on your lips, a treat in your hand, and the enveloping warmth of home.”

Watercolourist Daphy Brar is all about being free and on the edge. “I work on themes that are predominantly around me. I like to create quirky, on-the-edge yet simple pieces.” Her works have the artworks bleeding out to the boundaries to symbolise the breaking of moulds.

Tricity art lovers taking a look at the pieces on display
Tricity art lovers taking a look at the pieces on display

On the effects of Covid, she says, “It gave people time to ponder over things and be more aware of the world around, giving them a new perspective.”

Satya Dheer Singh says his works are about the middle and lower-middle class of society. “Their pockets may not be full but their dreams are big. The head of these families wishes to give the world to the family but can only provide for the bare minimum. So that space between what is and what could be and the dilemma it results in is where my works fall,” he explains.

“At this exhibition, the works of talented and established senior artists like Nayanaa Kanodia and Vinita Karim, canvases by visionary artists like Satya Dheer Singh, Manisha Agrawal, Daphy Brar, Sandesh Khule, Ashif Hossain and Priyanka Aelay will draw you into the new as well as the familiar, while sculptures by Swati Pasari will transports you to the spiritual realm of the pooja ghar, and the world of simplistic pleasures of childhood can be delved into with works of Shiv Kumar Soni,” says Bhan.


WHAT: Chalo Ghar Chalein: Art exhibition

WHEN: November 26 to December 2

WHERE: 105Arts Gallery, #105, Sector 11, Chandigarh

TIMINGS: 11am to 6pm


    Subhashree Nanda is a Senior Content Producer. She edits for HT City, Punjab, J&K-Himachal and Haryana news desk of Hindustan Times. She occasionally writes on lifestyle, culture, etc.

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