- CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES OF SELF: ANĀHATA
Anāhata reflects upon the crossroads we face. As the world continues to shrink at a macro level and become more faceted at a local one, this show inhales the contradictions and flourishes between them. In 2015, the Indian Art Market has seen the stabilization of new marketplaces and the reinvention of old fora. The Kochi Biennale has successfully put forward its second edition, the India Art Fair has evolved into a stable constant on the international art calendar, Karnataka’s Chitra Santhe puts 1,200 artists in front of three lakh visitors and talented young graffiti artists are bring poetry to dusty by-lanes. Saffron Art brings its auctions to Bangalore and the Mumbai International Airport has demonstrated that public art in India can be exhibited with precision and joy.
Art as expression is moving out of galleries and into public spaces, but as always the scope remains the sky. Anāhata’s artists delve through perspective, place and time to explore these geophysical crossroads. This show brings together paintings and photographs. Shibu Arakkal’s selected works that encompass the transience of nature on the one face and the inexorable motion of progress on the other. Amit Bhar’s cityscapes that entrap nostalgia. Murali Nagapuzha’s fecund forests that riot against extinction. Arpana Caur’s Night and Day that transcend destiny and yet remain bound. Rajesh Baderia’s divinity in the cosmos and Suparna Mondal’s vibrancy of the mundane. Every Anāhata artist provides a sharp turn off the ordinary.
Like the yogic heart chakra, Anāhata holds our internal and external perspective together and voraciously absorbs them unconsciously and with intellectual attention. Within the context of Bangalore’s transient moment in space, this show seeks to refract some of the current philosophers in contemporary Indian art, and add a drop to India’s vibrant and kaleidoscopic calendar of significant events.