The great thing about Nature is such that no two issues are alike, and this can also be true for artists and their work. Focussing on this very thought of individuality is the continued exhibition Naam-o-Nishan, which is showcasing 50 artists from throughout India. The occasion is a veritable feast for artwork aficionados because it brings collectively numerous traditions and indigenous cultures by means of greater than 150 artwork items. It’s additionally an unique show of work throughout numerous mediums similar to charcoal, watercolour, acrylics, oil, et al.
Delhi-based Reema Aggarwal, a self-taught artist who painted as a passion however made it a career in the course of the pandemic, has eight work displayed at the show. “Nature has been a crucial element in all my work… The one painting that is really close to my heart is of Krishna. I made it as an ode to my father who died during the pandemic, as he was a devotee of Krishna,” she says.
Collins Osemeke, a Nigerian artist primarily based in Delhi, is showcasing two of his items at the show. “My mixed media work highlights the need for gender equality. The second work, Confrontation, talks about the challenges we face in life and how can one work through it.” The art work has numerous components highlighting socio-political challenges in gentle profile, however on the highest of the canvas is a question mark that signifies the necessity to work on an answer.
Curator Erum Khan, who began engaged on this exhibition earlier than the pandemic struck, says she needed to make a tricky choice to select from round 5,000 entries. “Every artist has a unique identity which finds its way in their artwork. And it is this identity that we are trying to showcase through this exhibition. And since I was working on this project before the Covid-19 pandemic started, there are certain artists who have creatively reflected on these tough times in their work. One of these artists, Kaustav Mukherjee, was hospitalised due to Covid and he has portrayed the entire scene on the canvas,” shares Khan, including, “We are hoping that the artists are able to find more avenues through this platform and want to help them get through hard times.”
Catch It Live
Where: All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society
On until: May 12
Timing: 11am to 7pm
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat on the Yellow Line
Author tweets @AngelaPaljor