The works by Kundan Mondal generate a layered vocabulary to articulate and construct a genre of contemporary history painting/ anti-history paintings with reference to current political and historical events. Importantly, his artistic practice encapsulates and unfolds newer frameworks on issues of culture, conflicts and socio-political ephemeralities, which can be accessed artistically to understand the post-colonial/ reverse post-colonial theories in the present. As the present is ever changing and his works show how history is not just limited to the past, but is a visceral part of the present’s existence.
Pinaki Ranjan Mohanty is a Bhubaneswar, Odisha-based sculptor. Pinaki primarily takes his hometown, Chilika Lake as a conceptual site to respond ecologically, culturally and historically through his artistic practice. As a sculptor, Pinaki’s is deeply influenced by the current materiality, literature and socio-political conditions of Chilika.
Ruchika Singh Wason’s artistic practice is predominantly centred around the ideas of mark-making in the history of painting and different forms of representations from the south-asian perspectives. Ruchika’s practice primarily interested in the ideas around the unknown spaces, forms of continuums and working with various traces and intentional scratches to generate a layered sense of dialogue between the history, present and possible imagined futures. Very interestingly the works open visual experiences to materialise different dimensions to co-associate, relate and generate multiple meanings.
Tom Vattakuzhy’s carefully rendered paintings, rich with light effects and subdued colour tones nestle between the real and the surreal. His intuitive and deliberate compositions evolve from observed reality but are expressions of his own feelings and responses which lends them a mysterious and contemplative quality. His poignant figures, eloquent in gesture and posture are imbued with a series of evocative associations and memories.
As it gets etched in memory, so it does in stone.
The architecture and sculptures reflect the culture and ethos of a time and its significance. Sangam’s works bring to life the stories he has heard, about the yesteryears and past era. He visited these sites to contextualize the stories he had heard over the years. What he carves on the stones is based on his experiences and impressions. His sculptures are miniature versions of heritage sites around the country.
K P Pradeepkumar (B. 1993) is an independent visual artist who has been working between Kochi and Delhi for the past several years. The visual testimony of his works investigates the problems in presenting, representing, reconstructing, re-territorialising and preserving the self and its correlated vicinities
Tehmeena Firdos (B. 1990) is a very promising Indian contemporary artist based in Delhi. She explores the dynamics between private-public spaces, aspects of which, delineate a particular sensibility in relation to how she feels in her personal space- a space of apparent comfort and freedom. Notions of comfort-discomfort and rest-restlessness become a part of this exploration as she creates visual clashes through image-making.