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Celebrating the city

An exhibition on Delhi



From the exhibition

To pay a tribute to Delhiites, the driving spirit behind the growth of the city, as many as 24 artists have come together to put up an exhibition in Delhi. Organised by Trapezoid Art Gallery “to remind us how the people of Delhi far more than conquerors, determine the future face of the city”, the exhibition has works of Anu Malhotra, Dhiraj Singh, Sandeep Biswas, Rohit Sharma, Nitin Rai, Ahana Kaul and Rajesh Srivastav among others. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations addressing many issues on the growth and development of our city culture. Artists mainly focused on the street people of Delhi, explored the inner order behind the outward chaos of profusion that makes our city what it is, and the strength ofwomen who build this city.

Explaining the theme, Suneet Chopra, the show curator, states, “There has been a lot of propaganda on the development of Delhi during the Commonwealth Games. We were really enthusiastic to see who the real developers are, who the artists see as the real developers of the city and what the artists seeas development. The common idea was that the city was developing on its own. Eventually, we found that the artists, whether photographers, painters, etc., realised that the development of Delhi was because of its people and it's those people who the artists are celebrating through their works here.” Chopra says, “We have brought 24 young as well as senior artists on the same platform and displayed 37 works including paintings, installation and photographs in addition to five sculptures.” The art works range from Rs.30, 000 to five lakhs.

City photographer Nitin Rai, who believes that the job of the art is more than just to produce an image, explains his work, “My photograph ‘One Life in Old Fort Delhi' displays what life in Delhi is like and how crazy India is. There are lots of things happening in the picture. There is a sadhu standing on one leg with a trishul in his hand, wearing a wrist watch; a lot of people are around him, Pragati Maidan and Indraprastha power plant are at the back with nice clouds looming over them, and then there is a woman watching a monument. If anyone goes on a Sunday to any such monument in Delhi they will find similar scenes.”

A young artist Ahana Kaul talks about her installation piece “Delhi Bungle Up”, “I have shown the chaos that develops the city. It's like a collage with many creative things displaying the confusion, crime, street fashion, students' life in Delhi University that we see on the city roads. I have stuck newspaper clippings on top of which I have painted strokes, curved lines with bright colours like pink and blue to give that complete shape and feel to the installation. Through this art work I have tried to put across the message that no matter how unpredictable Delhi is, it has still given us a lot of reasons to love it.”

(The exhibition is on till April 26, at Trapezoid Art Gallery, D-16 South Extension Part II from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m )

YAMINI BAINWAL

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