International Day of Disabled Persons: Spectacular strokes of the differently abled

New Delhi

From clouds to stars and joys of little issues in on a regular basis life, their imaginative minds seize all of it. And no bodily shortcoming can restrict the scope and vastness of their creativity. This zeal to showcase what they’ve obtained has introduced collectively 66 differently abled artists, from throughout India, to take part in the exhibition titled Beyond Limits 2021.

More than 100 artworks are on show at the exhibition that opened in the Capital, on the eve of International Day of Disabled Persons (December 3). With thought-provoking visible commentary on themes corresponding to incapacity and society, the works are achieved in numerous mediums together with oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, collage, woodcut, leather-based, digital artwork, and even sculptures created in bronze and fibre. And these works, largely figurative, are by artists with listening to and speech impairment, polio, cerebral palsy, paralysis, autism spectrum dysfunction, a number of sclerosis and Down’s syndrome, are half of the present, and visuals corresponding to that of Varanasi ghats, rivers, various seasons, deities, and birds and blossoms are abound on the gallery partitions.

Chinmay Pradhan, who has speech and listening to impairment, has depicted themes of clouds, stars and different sky parts in his work. Incorporating the idea of potential as a contemporary addition to his portray, he presents his ideas in the art work named Reach For The Stars that depicts “three children, who despite having their own physical limitations supplement each other amicably and reach the stars.” Sharing how he had a really tough one year resulting from Covid, Pradhan provides, “Many of my paintings have been sold through such exhibitions, which is a bright ray of light in the life of differently abled artists like me.”

This exhibition is organised each year, since 2001, by Family of Disabled (FOD), and helmed by Preeti Johar — daughter of Rajinder Johar, who lived with quadriplegia for over 25 years. Talking about their intention to facilitate the financial rehabilitation of artists, Johar remembers, “We started with taking the art of people with disabilities for greeting cards, but over the years, expanded into an art exhibition format. Disability has been treated as a charity-based issue, and not a rights-based issue. One look at their artworks, and you can tell their art is lacking nowhere in talent, it’s just equal opportunity that they need.”

“After a virtual art show last year, we are taking the exhibition offline again this time,” informs Johar, including: “Seeing art online is like watching any other image, you can’t see the texture and depth. The physical exhibit has brought cheer to such artists, as it’s the first time we have received 100+ artworks to showcase in 20 years.”

“I was so happy when I got to know that two of my works have been selected for this show,” says Divanshu Gupta, a Delhi-based speech and listening to impaired artist showcasing an ‘Antique Clock With No Hands’ that makes use of the motifs of ears and hourglass to indicate diminishing listening to capability with passing of time. Gupta, who feels elated to get such a platform that launched him to fairly a number of artwork promoters, provides “Woodcut is my favourite medium. It’s very time consuming and I’ve spent nights in a row to make these works that are displayed here. But I feel satisfied when people appreciate them; I’m glad they are being liked… I believe we can now look forward to good times once again after a depressing period that the pandemic showed us.”

Another city-based artist Shreekant Dubey, who’s displaying earthy watercolours at the present, says: “I had to train my left hand to paint after my right hand was amputated above the elbow. My works, though usually on religious themes have a modern yet classic quality. I have a certain fascination for shapes, and like to use familiar shapes to create new ones.”

Catch It Live

What: Beyond Limits 2021

Where: Arpana Fine Art Gallery, 4/6 Siri Fort Institutional Area

On until: December 12

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park on the Yellow Line

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