Expression of serenity
Cinefan, the festival of Asian Cinema, has an added dimension to it this year – an exhibition of art works that is to go along with the festival. The artists, which includes many of the top names, participating in the show were given a specific theme to work on – solitude, meant to celebrate serenity.
Curated by Alka Pande and presented by Apparao Galleries and Cinefan along with India Habitat Centre, the exhibition was inaugurated on Thursday evening at IHC's Visual Arts Gallery.
The first impression one got on entering the exhibition is one of escaping the noisy world around. The artists, besides being given the theme, were also given the colour to work with - white.
And the resultant forty odd creations all contribute to the overall atmosphere of serenity. As Pande explained, "solitude has come to have varied connotations in today's world. And sometimes these traumas and anxieties that are transformed into different manifestations - from individual empowerment to coping with multiple identities."
The works, which ranged from paintings, on canvas and on more unusual cloth, to carvings, threadwork, even woodwork - all displayed an unmistakable mixture of quietness and solitude.
Co-founder of Cinemaya, Latika Padgaonkar observed that "each artist had his own expression for what the theme conveyed to them" which is why probably what resulted in such an eclectic mix of works of art. She also mentioned that while for some it meant "quietude" for others it represented "symmetry and chaos".
Among the artists participating in the exhibition were Shobha Broota, Muzaffar Ali, Maneesha Parekh, S H Raza, A Balasubramanium, Hemi Bawa, Somnath Hore, Vivek Vilasini, Sandeep Paradkar, Chameli Ramachandran and Yogesh Raval.
The exhibition will be on till July 22, from 11 am to 7 p.m.