Curated by Nanak Ganguly
9th July to 31st August 2021
This exhibition has been based on the desire to give expression to a number of directions and an attempt to stimulate a greater awareness that visual phenomena still exists and that those phenomena often concerns space to play on the paradox of permanence and transience. It engages the contemporary through constant experience of radical disjunctions, the precariousness of positioning, questioning the stability of spatial and temporal realities. Stretching the line of chronology the exhibition titled- ‘Sublime Transferences’ to create room for imaginary conversations and unexpected togetherness across artists of diverse and disparate genres/styles in the present moment of transit where space and time cross to produce complex figures of difference and identity, past and present, inside and outside, inclusion and exclusion that centers around the notion of displacement, migration, identity and particularly living a reality in the middle of a global pandemic. As a curator, I have always felt an artist’s life and images are responses to some pressing cultural and historical needs of the time one lives in and the artistic motivation drives the mind into a journey of discovery, exploration and learning. Images reveal themselves in the works creating tropes of awareness, accelerating the assimilation of what environmental experiences have to offer in concentrated form. A selection of works that would be a moving act of emotional archaeology and memory and show the enormous depth of work across mediums to create successful interdisciplinary dialogues. What become the directives to the birth of an image are thoughts and emotions, the readings and observations, beliefs and values and the vast compilations of present experiences. I do believe that it is possible for a visible artist to observe, cogitate and ponder over numerous ideas and themes in one’s work using different means, just as writer’s oeuvre may span poetry, play-writing and even criticism.
Throughout these works in these trying times there is challenge, both in its formal construction and in the themes these artists tackle. The attempt here has been to turn, bending the conventions of practices, blurring the line between self and the imaginary, infusing art language with literary and visual allusions, and calling attention to the art of visual language itself, not with cool, intellectual remove, but rather with wonder, gratitude, daring, and sly humor. The trope of awareness is rife with cosmic riddles and rich in emotional complexity. These practitioners abide by the characters, messages, and vicissitudes of physical and emotional reality inherent in New Media installations in the very interpretation of real is; that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction.
“…The vowel, effective, with the one formant, constant thrusts,
filtered by clarity
Clear from afar, protection shield: consciousness uncathectable”
-Paul Celan (tr. Pierre Joris)
They now present their most capacious, demanding, eventful, suspenseful, erotic, structurally audacious, and soulful works to date, conducting a grand experiment, not only in practices, but also in the endless nature-versus-nurture debate, the perpetual dance between inheritance and free will, intention and chance, dreams and fate.