If you missed the India Art Fair this year, these three artists are still in a gallery in the city
If there’s one thing that can be said about it, the India Art Fair is inclusive, bringing together students from Delhi University to author Vikram Seth, filmmaker Kiran Rao, poet Javed Akhtar and designer JJ Valaya.
Then there’s the art of course that Jagdip Jagpal, director of the fair, says represented the best of contemporary art in South Asia. But if you weren’t able to come in over the weekend, here are three artworks still showing in the city.
User Manual for Holding Candles: Specially Designed for Protests
Inspired by Anna Hazare’s protest, Abhishek Verma, an alumnus of College of Art in Delhi, used humour in his water-colour-and-tea-toning on paper. The artist says we usually imagine candles as white or colourful. “What if these candles become black and the concept of an ideal candle changes?” he asks, rhetorically. The bright flame show genuine people, while the dark flame reflects the guilt of the person holding it.
Sacred Cows and Surrogate Mothers in a Scrap Market
This photo installation is Probir Gupta’s comment on our socio-political systems. “I have assembled street images in such a way they look like metallic instruments,” said Gupta, whose work is a result of his engagement with Mayapuri, the biggest scarp market of Delhi.
This is his take on how cows and surrogate mothers are abandoned once they are no longer ‘productive’. It’s about how the world is turning into a marketplace.
You and I
Pakistan’s Aisha Khalid showcased a blue jacket in fabric with metal pins forming an embroidery pattern. “Since birds live in pairs, I did a complete pattern with two birds. I broke them into two parts and placed them in a way that they cannot face each other. If you try to keep a part of the blue jacket aligned, then the pattern will break. After all, it is about human relationships, which can never be perfect,” she says.
She spent 12 hours every day, for a month, in a meditative zone to create this detailed work.
All available for viewing and sale at Anant Art Gallery, Birla House, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.