Tales of This Time
An online exhibition featuring the works of Tufan Pramanik, Pathik Sahoo and Gayatri Halder
July 29th - September 30th, 2022
Online

An artwork is a precarious element reflecting a particular period in time. It is present in our socio-cultural fabric from a place of active disengagement, stirring the human cerebral and emotional facets by its aesthetic capacity. Often existing in a paradoxical relationship with the objective reality, the world of images is similar to a looking glass, reflecting the world’s uniqueness and oddities. Coming to the 21st century, influenced by the increasing misbalance in the outer world, the element of paradox is greatly amplified in the current art practices, where young artists peruse a kind of visual detangling that attempts to expose the other side of this complex web. Tales of This Time is an exhibition that curates such encounters where the three artists lead us in three different directions, translating the intangible currents of this era through their unique language and methodology.

Provoked by the rapid urbanization encroaching on the natural landscape of the suburban and rural demographic, Tufan Pramanik’s artistic practice documents the process of concretization in a personal capacity. His frequent travels by the local trains between the city of Calcutta and his hometown inspired the artist to observe the spread of the metropolitan city towards interior spaces, changing and modifying the local situations and lifestyle.

Pathik Sahoo’s works, on the other hand, are directly influenced by his uprooting from his village in search of work. The tedium of such journeys paired with a hope of destination reenacts itself over and over in his works, expressed through different motifs and forms. Pathik’s experiment with metal plates creates a new language where heavy industrial materials interact with the delicate intricacies of low relief etched images framed inside abstract metallic bodies deliberately pinned together.
Gayatri takes a separate route in terms of her artistic exploration, which turns the human-centric gaze of modernity toward benevolent nature, meditating upon the fatality of human actions to their silent counterparts. Her pinpricked illustrations created by a unique integration of positive and negative upon white paper juxtaposes the various qualities of nature; its strength vs delicacy, frailty vs durability, complicacy vs purity.

While taking upon different directions in their thoughts and expression, the artist’s pursuits coincide in reflecting the predominant crises of the time we are living in. Inspired by lived experiences, the works instigate awareness towards more nuanced subjects and provoke altruism in turn.

BIOGRAPHIES

Tufan Pramanik
Tufan Pramanik was born in 1994 in Gangrai, South 24 Pargana. He completed his Master’s in fine arts from Rabindra Bharati University in 2021.
His works has been exhibited in many exhibitions including the CIMA award show (2021), Art Family online solo exhibition (2021), EA Locus in Focus open call exhibition at Emami Art (2021), The pause show part one at Nippon Gallery (2021), Birla Academy art and culture annual exhibition (2021) (2020), State academy annual exhibition at ICCR, Kolkata (2019), (2020), Charukala Annual Exhibition (2018, 2019) amongst others.
He has also received several grants and awards. Recently he has been awarded the Late Kalyan Kumar Basu award (2022). He has also received Nirantar online exhibition award (2021), EA locus in focus grant award (2021), Charukala annual exhibition award (2019) and Rabindra Bharati University student’s annual exhibition award (2019).
He lives and works in Kolkata.

Gayatri Halder
Gayatri Halder was born in 1995 in Harin Danga, South 24 Pargana. She completed her bachelor's in painting from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and completed her master’s from the same university in 2021.
Gayatri has exhibited her works in several exhibitions including the CIMA award show (2021,2022), ISHAH, Women Artists Exhibition, Ahmedabad (2022), EA Locus in Focus, Kolkata (2021), Mojarto On Art fair 2020, New Delhi, Tagore National Exhibition of Painting 2020, Bhopal Birla 53rd Annual Exhibition 2020, Kolkata, KCC art festival (2019,2020), India Story Exhibition (2018,2019) amongst others.
She has also received ICAG - N.C.P. Award in 2017 and Camel art foundation national best entry prize in 2017.
She lives and works in Kalyani, Nodia.

Pathik Sahoo
Pathik Sahoo was born in 1996 in Midnapore. He has completed his master’s from Rabindra Bharati University in 2021.
He has exhibited his works in several exhibition including Birla Academy of Art and Culture exhibition (2020), State academy annual exhibition ICCR, Kolkata (2020), Nippon all India exhibition (2020), EA Locus in Focus, Kolkata (2021) and Living a dark night, curated by Paula Sengupta in Kala Chupal, 2021. 
He has received Rabindra Bharati University Student’s award (2016, 2019) and Kala Sakshi Award in 2021
He lives and works in Kolkata


Artists


Rhythm of Existence iii
Gayatri Halder

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Affinity iii
Gayatri Halder

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Esoteric II
Gayatri Halder

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Transient II
Gayatri Halder

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Transmutation I
Gayatri Halder

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The Untold Story II
Pathik Sahoo

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The Untold Story III
Pathik Sahoo

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The Untold Story
Pathik Sahoo

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The Story Never Ends
Pathik Sahoo

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The Story Never Ends
Pathik Sahoo

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Grow Up II
Tufan Pramanik

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Integral II
Tufan Pramanik

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Go Slow II
Tufan Pramanik

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Grow Up IV
Tufan Pramanik

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Grow Up V
Tufan Pramanik

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