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Art through arches

‘Assembly’ is the third in Anup Mathew Thomas’ continuing series of works on Kerala

Photo: Priyadershini S.

August assembly? Anup Mathew Thomas comments on social and political gatherings

Assembly’ a visual installation by Anup Mathew Thomas on at Kashi Art Gallery, Mattancherry is a part of a larger series of works that he is doing on Kerala. Metropolitan (2006) was a series of photographs of bishops representing the many units within Christianity in the State. Cabinet (2007) was a work with political overtones. And now Assembly (2008) is symbolic of the social and political gatherings from across the State.

“It is not technically a video show but has a slide show component with spatial intervention,” explains the artist. The assembly is projected through arches that are put up during functions. Arches that announce the nature of the gathering. Like his famous work on dance bars in Mumbai, ‘Light Life’(2005), which made a comment on the lives of the dance girls, through light and music, with their complete absence from the frame, is the Assembly too devoid of the men that make it?

“Basically there are street scenes with the arches as the main element. A transition is used between slides. That is key to the work, a twirl…” explains Thomas Mathew leaving the viewer to observe and infer.

The visual immediacy that arches instil is brought on in the slides. “It is an experience that is created when you walk through the arches,” says the artist.

And it is this intangible feeling that will grip the viewers when they view the installation. An experiential moment that will leave one reflecting on the subject conceptualised by the artist. A powerful comment, subtly done is Anup Thomas Mathew’s unique style.

The show runs through till March 30.

PRIYADERSHINI S.

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