Traces of Transference: An Exposition of Unseen Bearings
29th December 2021 - 5th January 2022


Traces of Transference is an exhibition that marks the gallery’s first on-site residency offered to promising artists from East India. The display provides insight into five artists selected for the artist-in-residence programme through an open call – Arjun Das, Deepak Poulose, Gopa Roy, Moumita Basak, and Tahsin Akhtar. As a part of the EA Locus in Focus programme, the exhibition also brings forth regional narratives tied with universal concerns. 

A movement of memory and personal history forms a connecting thread within each artists’ practice. Arjun Das’s experience of working in a small roadside restaurant or Dhaba inspires the artist to carve out the unspoken experiences of labour, its struggles, and the inert beauty hidden under soot and dust. Layered with metaphors and personal myths and a meticulous stylistic approach that holds the viewer in a moment of contemplation, Deepak Poulose’s canvases integrate the familiar and fantastical in curious ways.  Gopa Roy’s artistic process and research are deeply connected with nature and land. They involve collecting, and processing found materials integrated into her compositions and speak both of coherence and contradiction between nature and man. Moumita Basak’s work is deeply provoked by solitude, making her artistic journey an inward exploration of self. Her practice is embedded in handicraft traditions, with outward branches extending towards more contemporary dialogues. Triggered by the absurdity of the post-pandemic reality, Tahsin Akhter’s current new-media works explore the psychological volatility through tangible occurrences when it comes to human conditioning in the shifting reality. 

The exhibition offers glimpses into a versatile range of creative outputs and features aesthetic sensibilities, including works completed during the month-long residency. Emerging from sensibilities deeply marked by the chaotic silence of the pandemic, the artworks show vulnerability and emotions, aiding the transference of the past to an imminent future.

About the artists: 

Arjun Das
“While constructing the past through a series of images the past gets entangled with the present. The unpleasant becomes pleasant.”

Born in 1994 in Giridih, Jharkhand, Arjun Das studied BFA and MFA in sculpture at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, graduating in 2017. He has been the subject of the solo exhibition, Traces at museum Forum Schloss Platz (Switzerland, 2019). In addition, he participated in Entities Define Us at Ganges Art Gallery (Kolkata, 2021); Metaphor: The Magic It Holds at Dhi Artspace (Hyderabad, 2020); Persistence of Memory at Art Positive (New Delhi, 2019); Perspecta at Gallery 88 (Kolkata, 2018); Emami Annual Exhibition at Emami Art Gallery (Kolkata, 2017) and many other group exhibitions. He also participated in YS South Asia Young Subcontinent at the Serendipity art festival in Goa.

He was the artist-in-residence at ARBEITSGRUPPE GASTEATELIER KRONE in Aarau, Switzerland. He has received several grants and awards, including the CIMA merit award, National Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India, Birla Academy Annual Exhibition award for sculpture, and Gold Medal in MFA Annual Exhibition, Rabindra Bharati University.

Arjun explores the life of the underprivileged working class in his sculpture. His own experience of working in a small roadside restaurant or Dhaba enables him to understand the layers of that reality and its struggles. Translating the experience in the language of sculpture, he shows objects as metaphors, connecting the personal with the social, past with the present as we live.

Arjun lives and works in Kolkata.

Deepak Poulose 
“The strategy of my practice is to allow the spectator to take maximum freedom to analyse the work, rather than interfering with specific concepts.”

Born in Thrissur, Kerala, 1994, Deepak Poulose, who is presently a student of painting, Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati, did his Bachelor’s degree from the Government Fine Arts College, Thrissur, Kerala, and a three-year course in Multi-Media and Animation. He has participated in Imaginarium at Emami Art (Kolkata, 2021); the Kochi Muziris Student’s Biennale (Kerala, 2021); the State exhibition at Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi (2010); International Art Fest, IGNCA, Delhi (2018); among many others. He has also taken part in art residencies and workshops and received many grants and awards, including K. Karunakaran Student’s Scholarship, Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi, Shrishti, American India Foundation Grant (2020); Special Mention Award, Kerala Lalit Kala Academy (2010); and PDAF special merit grant in painting.

Imbued with personal myths, Deepak’s works merge the familiar with fantastical. Meditative in practice and meticulous in style, Deepak has opened a subtle yet critical conversation through which he addresses one of the most predominant issues of the contemporary time. The artist inscribes the slow derange of the natural world through his visual language that is rich in metaphors and symbols yet fluid in interpretation. While celebrating the primitive bond between man and nature, his works also mourn the disappearing sensitivities towards nature, contributing to the discourse of the ideal and utopic.

Deepak Poulose lives and works in Santiniketan



Gopa Roy 
“Coming from an agricultural family, I am naturally involved with land and exploring its changing dynamics is one of my interests as an artist.”

Born in Tripura, Gopa Roy studied painting at Visva Bharati University, graduating in 2015. She was the subject of the solo exhibition at Triveni Gallery (New Delhi, 2021). In addition, she has participated in Rice Eaters 101 I NE online exhibition organised by Emami Art (2021); KG Subrahmanyan at NIV Art Centre (New Delhi, 2021); 61st National Exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademy (New Delhi, 2020); A-Part: Stories of Lands and Lines at Akar Prakar Contemporary (New Delhi, 2021); Emerging Palette at Shrishti Art Gallery (Hyderabad, 2018) and many other group exhibitions in India.

Gopa Roy has received several grants and awards, including the Emerging Artist Award 2020 by FICA and Mrinalini Mukharjee Foundation and the National Junior Artist’s Scholarship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Coming from an agricultural family, her artistic practice is deeply connected with nature and land. She experiments and creates with various materials that she collects as a post-industrial forager and puts them in multiple dialogues, sometimes synchronic and sometimes juxtaposed. She creates abstract
compositions with paper made of straws and plant fibres, etching and drawings in metal or glass as well as on-site environmental installations. Her work is further reinforced with meticulous field surveys and photographic documentation that enrich her understanding of the land.

She lives and works in New Delhi.

Moumita Basak
 “In childhood, we were free, but as we grow up, we discover our limitations. So, as an artist, memories are most important for me.”

Born in 1996 in Bardhaman, West Bengal, Moumita Basak completed her BFA and now pursuing MFA from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. She has participated in Bombay Art Society’s Annual Art Exhibition (Mumbai, 2021); Kochi Student Biennale (Kerala, 2021); the Annual Exhibition at Birla Academy (Kolkata, 2021); Kolkata Centre for Creativity (KCC) (Kolkata, 2019); and many other group exhibitions in India.

She has received the Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Scholarship and Ajay Bankim Memorial Scholarship, both by GCAC.

Drawing her inspirations from the familiar and mundane, Moumita’s work is deeply provoked by solitude and her interconnectedness with the surrounding. Enriched with rumination and nostalgia, her works explore femininity at the level of both modalities and image. Merging the internal with the external world, her needlework reminds us of a solitude that is historically connected with womanhood.

She lives and works in Kolkata.

Tahsin Akhtar 
“For me, every still object in nature is not dead, inanimate things but can take one into a kind of voyage into the incidents, happenings, events, stories and impacts of a time-span.”

Born in 1988 in Koderma, Jharkhand, Tahsin Akhtar studied painting at Jamia Milia University and Collage of Art, University of Delhi, graduating in 2011. He has exhibited his work in Disolate at Museo Camera (Gurugram, 2021); Call to Disorder at Serindipidy Art Festival (Goa, 2019); A Prologue to Unreal at Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi, 2012); and many others. Tahsin received many awards and grants, including Artreach Teaching Fellowship, Hyderbard’s State Gallery of Art Award, and AIFACS award.

A multimedia artist, Tahsin works in various mediums like painting, sculpture, artificial intelligence, video, photography, and performance. He creates surreal visions that are both whimsical and critical. Moving between personal and universal, his practice that now merges observation with contemplation has evolved over time. Triggered by his relocation to his hometown during the pandemic, his current works explore psychological nuances in terms of material encounters regarding human conditioning in the shifting reality. Exploring the phenomena of multiple co-existing identities, perceptions, human-machine relationships in this digital era, his work also connects the individual with the politico-aesthetic regimes of our time.


Tahsin Akhtar lives and works in Jharkhand.


Artists


“Untold” III
Gopa Roy

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“Untold III”
Gopa Roy

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Metamorphosis
Gopa Roy

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A Hopeless Journey
Gopa Roy

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A Hopeless Journey II
Gopa Roy

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Living in the Days II
Moumita Basak

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Untitled
Moumita Basak

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Untitled
Moumita Basak

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Untitled
Moumita Basak

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Untitled
Moumita Basak

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Section
Arjun Das

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Way of Living
Arjun Das

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Entity
Arjun Das

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Sedentary ll
Arjun Das

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Mortgaged
Arjun Das

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Unique Sustainability at the Edge of a Chaos I
Deepak Poulose

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Unique Sustainability at the Edge of a Chaos III
Deepak Poulose

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Unique Sustainability at the Edge of a Chaos IV
Deepak Poulose

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Unperished Odd Ones from the Ninth Cloud
Deepak Poulose

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Gaze with Anxiety from an Overhanged Comfort Space
Deepak Poulose

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Unique Sustainability at the Edge of a Chaos III
Deepak Poulose

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But I Only Noticed the Mysterious Signs of Birds
Deepak Poulose

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In the Name of Unknown (From the series Displacement)
Tahsin Akhtar

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We See What We See I
Tahsin Akhtar

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Atmanirbhar (From the series Lockdown Lenses)
Tahsin Akhtar

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Great Fall (From the series Lockdown Lenses)
Tahsin Akhtar

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