Between the Self and Silhouettes by Soma Das and Anjan Modak, Curated by Adip Dutta
8th April - 4th June, 2022

The self extends itself on to others. A simultaneous acknowledgement of the passerby and recognition of the shadow of one’s self falling on the other constitute the connection. The works of Soma Das and Anjan Modak centre around a sense of empathy that accounts for a search of the self under the pretext of watching numerous others situated around the artist. The relentlessness of recording figures in action, not only indicates the circumstances of the subjects, but also that of the artists who take both the role of an insider and an outsider in looking at them. Thus the figures are marked with a sense of attachment and detachment at the same time. The physical distance from the figure being quietly observed with the probing eye of a researcher becomes evident from the subject’s comfortable body language. But it is that meticulously constructed single moment in the life of the figure in action, that emotionally connects the artist, especially Soma Das, with the one being watched. 

Anjan, on the other hand weaves the sequences of a latent drama wherein his protagonists perform roles in a poignant visual language. Soma and Anjan, both respond to the site and situation that they share with their protagonists, often as ethnographer-artists, exploring designs of the relationship between people and social conditions. The two artists by virtue of being emotionally connected share the same domestic space which is marked not only by daily chores, but also by several constraints. This space transforms into a site of artistic production, a metaphor of an overlap between the mundane and the celebratory.  The process begins with almost compulsive acts of documenting moments that after a point of time begin to transform the banal into the significant. The layout of the exhibition is an attempt to track those passages wherein the artists tread through enumerable silhouettes, looking for the remarkable self.   


Adip Dutta


Artists


The Pond - 2
Soma Das

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The Courtyard
Soma Das

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Dupurer Feriwala (Hawkers in the Afternoon)
Soma Das

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Drowsy Lady in Evening
Soma Das

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Vegetable Sellers
Soma Das

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The Bed
Soma Das

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Preparation for Puja
Soma Das

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Obscure I
Soma Das

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Obscure II
Soma Das

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Towards Destination III
Soma Das

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Stupa - II
Soma Das

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Narrow Space of My House
Soma Das

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The First Touch of Rain
Soma Das

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From Roof at Morning
Soma Das

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The Roof Top Party
Soma Das

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Soma Das

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Two Sisters
Soma Das

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Daily Passengers
Soma Das

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In the Kitchen
Soma Das

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Soma Das

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Enjoyment in Confined Life II
Soma Das

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Privacy II
Soma Das

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Daily Observation IV
Anjan Modak

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Daily Observation V
Anjan Modak

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Daily Observation VII
Anjan Modak

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Daily Observation VIII
Anjan Modak

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Daily Observation XI
Anjan Modak

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Daily Observation XII
Anjan Modak

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Daily Observation XV
Anjan Modak

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Daily Observation XXVIII
Anjan Modak

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Daily Observation XXIX
Anjan Modak

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Daily Observation XXXIII
Anjan Modak

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Adjustment
Anjan Modak

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Page from Injustice I
Anjan Modak

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Page from Injustice II
Anjan Modak

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Gift from the Hills
Anjan Modak

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Fencing with Tongue
Anjan Modak

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Another Nature II
Anjan Modak

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Life in Hanging Cage II
Anjan Modak

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The Mughal wall (4pcs.)
Anjan Modak

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The Greedy Tiger I, II, III, IV, V
Anjan Modak

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The Raider I, II, III, IV
Anjan Modak

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Confronting
Anjan Modak

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Lakshya Veda
Anjan Modak

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Exile in the City
Anjan Modak

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Tiger Without Ring Master I
Anjan Modak

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Life Under the Yellow Eye - I
Anjan Modak

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Life Under the Yellow Eye II
Anjan Modak

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Under the Yellow Eye - III
Anjan Modak

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Separation After the Used
Anjan Modak

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Life in Footpath
Anjan Modak

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Canopy Over The Geography
Anjan Modak

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Another Nature III
Anjan Modak

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