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