INDIA ART FAIR, 2024
Emami Art - BOOTH F03
1-4 FEBRUARY 2024
NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, Delhi 110020
Emami Art’s exhibit at the Fifteenth edition of the India Art Fair brings to you some of the most recent works by young, emerging and accomplished artists, largely from the eastern regions of India. Situating broadly within the geo-political contexts, artworks in the show explore the contemporary political ecosystems through social conditions, mobility, culture, memory and conflict. By exploring lesser-known facets overshadowed by dominant perspectives, the exhibition seeks to look at the regional tropes and aspirations, fostering the possibilities of resilience, hope and coexistence in an extremely turbulent time.
Arindam Chatterjee situates his subjects within the backdrop of enduring human afflictions, crises, and violence. Bholanath Rudra, in turn, adopts a surreal and dystopic lens to scrutinise the pervasive human intervention on Earth and the recurrent conflicts in the Anthropocene Age. Arpita Akhanda's work revolves around the exploration of personal and inherited memories, predominantly within the conceptual framework of the socio-political body, state, and borders. Arunima Choudhury employs distinctive techniques to construct a singular realm encapsulating the feminine and nature. Prasanta Sahu's meticulous documentation of the agrarian milieu underscores apprehensions about agency, knowledge, and power within the global neo-liberal paradigms. In their abstract works, Harsha Durugadda and Suman Dey intricately manipulate diverse formal elements, materials, shapes, and chromatic spectra to articulate the recesses of the subconscious and the enigmatic through unique visual styles. Soma Das, in her work, elucidates the intricacies of domestic spatiality, depicting women, children, and the quotidian lives of common people within a distinctive visual idiom. Ujjal Dey’s semi-abstract works trace the history of the intercontinental mercantile exchanges, shedding light on the syncretic tradition of textile art in South Asia, which played a major shape-shifting role in the region's political economy and social mobility. Anjan Modak captures the deleterious aspects of inequality, injustice and exploitation in the working-class world in its truest and most impactful sense. As a congenially hearing-impaired person, Janhavi Khemka's works explore her world and its minute aspects, often creating an awe and fantastical experience.