FEA­TURE

The Sunday Guardian - - Artbeat -

Only a few things could hap­pen if you up­root an artist from his na­tive place and put him into an alien set­ting. He would ei­ther be­come chron­i­cally de­pressed, leave his prac­tice; and if the sit­u­a­tion is slightly bet­ter, he would think of chan­nelling all his neg­a­tiv­ity into his work. But on the other hand, if he is elated in­ter­act­ing with the new set­ting, he will put all his im­pres­sions on his can­vas. This last is the theme of the on­go­ing group show at Delhi’s Bikaner House, en­ti­tled (Re) Vis­it­ing the Ur­ban.

The paint­ings, sketches, in­stal­la­tions and mixed­me­dia art­works in­cluded in the show are about the many in­flu­ences ab­sorbed by the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists as they moved from one city to an­other across In­dia. The ex­hi­bi­tion, or­gan­ised by the on­line gallery Anant Art, fea­tures works by four emerg­ing artists, namely Biren­der Yadav, Ravi Kumar Chunchula, Sa­jeev Visweswaran and Dig­bi­jayee Khatua.

When Dig­bi­jayee Khatua re­lo­cated from the Ken­dra­para dis­trict in Odisha to Delhi six years back, he was amazed to see the tow­er­ing build­ings and the hap­haz­ard city life. He says, “Ev­ery­thing, lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing fas­ci­nated me here. Be it the build­ings, the peo­ple and even the pol­lu­tion. I didn’t

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