Emami Art Open Call Exhibition
September 30 - October 30, 2020
I am very happy to announce Āroh, the first Open Call exhibition to be featured on our website. As the pandemic threw all plans off-course, Emami Art has pivoted and shifted to online activities, incorporating a wide range of innovative digital programme including art talks with eminent artists, fundraisers for Amphan victims, documentary film festival, master classes, art mentorship programme for the practicing artists and virtual exhibitions. An extension to our mentorship programme, the Open Call aims to promote the talented young artists, providing them with a platform to show their work along with mentorship and advisory.
The Open Call is perfectly in tune with the larger ethos of Emami Art, which has long been operating as a springboard for the young artists to launch their careers. I would like to thank all artists who submitted their works and congratulate those whose work has been selected for the exhibition. A big Thank you to Ushmita Sahu for conceptualizing and curating this wonderful show, and heartfelt gratitude to all our mentors Adip Dutta, visual artist & educator; Jagannath Panda, visual artist; Praneet Soi, visual artist; Prasanta Sahu, visual artist & educator and T V Santhosh, visual artist for giving us so much time, and thoughtful insights. The learnings will provide the participant artists vital experience and recognition, and offer insights into the professional world of modern and contemporary art.
- Richa Agarwal, CEO Emami Art
One of the virtues of the virtual is its ability to connect beyond human-made, political, social, geographical boundaries, thus making it possible for us artists, to listen to artists or attend museum programmes, art fairs across the world without leaving our homes. We can be part of digital exhibitions that are seen, accessed and shared ad infinitum. I must emphasize here that I am not suggesting that the virtual is a substitute for the real, what I propose is that it can help keep alive our desire to engage creatively with art in these trying times. This has inspired me to curate a series of web-based art programmes for Emami Art over the past months, including the Open Call Mentorship and Exhibition Programme 2020 which was conceived as an extension to Emami Art’s ongoing active commitment to methodologies that forward the discourse of art within the region and beyond. The open call invited entries from individuals working on/with paper to provide talented artists with a platform to exhibit their works, as well as support in the form of mentorship and advisory.
The jury hand-picked twelve artists from over two-hundred entries. The selected participants received a one-on-one mentorship session plus portfolio review from our five mentors, eminent art practitioners Adip Dutta, Jagannath Panda, Praneet Soi, Prasanta Sahu, TV Santhosh as well as Emami Art CEO Richa Agarwal and project curator. Our mentors (a word that can be traced back to the Greek mythology of Ulysses trusting his son Telemachus to his old friend, Mentor, before setting out to fight in the Trojan war) provided invaluable insight and constructive criticism for improvement, and generously guided and challenged the mentees to think laterally. They will also be reviewing their mentee's progress after a few months.