“The Edge” curated by Yashodhara Dalmia for Shrine Empire opened at Bikaner House, New Delhi on 6th September. The exhibition forms a part of Shrine Empire’s 10-year celebration.
In a major show works of artists from the entire subcontinent are revealed in their innovations, inventions and new expressions we see the works of significant young artists from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal along with the Indian artists
The Bangladeshi artist Tayeba Begum Lipi’s cutting-edge installation or the Sri Lankan artist Anoli Perera’s rich enactment of history touch the very nerve centre of human existence and reveal the fissures and fractures of ordinary lives.
Image: Sumedh Rajendran, 71 x 61 x 18 inches, Steel, 2018
In Sumedh Rajendran’s wall installation of the fenced and barricaded individual with his invincible divisions, erected artificially, is subjected to scrutiny. Gigi Scaria’s scaling wall work, on the other hand, is an exemplar of man-made disasters which while reversible is also inscrutable.
Ravinder Reddy’s expressive head with its luscious yet hard-earned visage highlights the toils of the ordinary person on the street.
S.N.Sujith and the Nepali artist Karan Shrestha speak of the torrid extremes, the high and the low in the continent.
Image: Nataraj Sharma, Orchid Platina Phase 2, Vemali, Mixed Media Oil on Canvas, 72 x 96 Inches, 2017-18_
The Italian artist Nicola Tarshito’s collaborations with Gond artists creates a continuously flowing line of the river Godavari, in this instance, which transcends boundaries and where the pathways, rivers, trees are interchangeable as is the surface with the subterranean world. Indeed, the flowing water with its metamorphosis of aquatic life can cross continents and countries in a universal need for life, the low points of people’s lives in the sub-continent
Karan Shrestha, Untitled, from the series Moreover”, Ink on Archival Cotton Rag Paper, 22 x 30 inches (suite of 5), 2017
The curator of the show, Yashodhara Dalmia shares, “This is the first time that a major show of important contemporary artists from the entire subcontinent is being held. The thriving contemporary art done by artists in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as major artists from India reveal that much inventiveness and imaginative leaps are being taken to reflect their unique situations.”
As around fifteen prominent contemporary artists speak in diverse mediums such as painting, installations, watercolours and drawings, the configurations of turbulence as well as the challenges of existence within the entire territory gets mapped. As Dalmia points out, ‘The varied dimensions of existence in contemporary times and the fractured, dislocated and divided states of forming the core motif of this exhibition. It is the dystopic conditions of the present at social and personal levels which are a matter of concern and reflection in this show.’ Can there be a way out of these conundrums which entail a nexus of power and corruption and lead to endgames? The artists address themselves to these essential questions in this exciting and original show.
Image: Suhasini Kejriwal, Break, Acrylic paint, embroidery and digital print on canvas, 84 inches x 60 inches, 2018 - LR
The exhibition highlights the extraordinary territories that have to be crossed between religions, communities and sects to retain a semblance of humanity. The boundaries as they become hardened and tensile and as they reach excessive and extreme limits, also reflect the seething situation of the present.
G Ravinder Reddy, Dhobi, Painted polyester resin fiberglass, 35.6 x 17 x 25 inches, Unique Ed, 2018 -
The exhibition forefronts the chasms that continue to widen for the ‘other’ from those who belong to minority religions, the lower castes or the marginalised poor. The shadows and cesspools that trail their lives and create their nightmares form the undercurrents of this show. In its essence, the artists will reflect the real and imaginary boundaries which exist in the sub-continent and thinner divisions created within people themselves as they encounter the diabolical reality outside. The forms of art which map these out also allow for counterpoints and dissections.
(The Edge is on view at Bikaner House, New Delhi till 22ndSeptember and features works of artists Anoli Perera , Gigi Scaria , Jagath Weerasinghe , Karan Shrestha , Munem Wasif , Nataraj Sharma, Nicola Strippoli Tarshito , Ravinder Reddy , Suhasini Kejriwal , S.N. Sujith , Sumedh Rajendran , Tayeba Begum Lipi , Varunika Saraf , Veer Munshi , Waseem Ahmed , Youdhisthir Maharjan and Zoya Siddiqui. It is curated by Yashodhara Dalmia for Shrine Empire)
All Images courtesy: Shrine Empire