By Anshuman Dasgupta – As one enters the compounds of Nandan – the administrative building of Kala Bhavana, one comes across on the right, a free-standing ‘wall’, which, while being significant in proportion is quite non-intrusive in its repose. Bearing variable, asymmetrical vertical folds, this accordion-like structure segregates the two spaces of admins and creation. …Read more..
By Sonali Bhagchandani _____________ If limits signal a hostile boundary – or a presumed end – of material or thought, why approach it? And at this concrete edge, what can you even find? Sandeep Mukherjee taps into an unusual but uncanny impulse from the very onset of this exhibition, wherein a deliberately orchestrated atmosphere unsettles your gaze. …Read more..
By Ritika Biswas _________ Undoing Spectrality a body vanishes from the surface/ its remains seep into the stage-screen/ diatomic actors flicker in the sky-light/ a chimeric dance across thresholds _________ The ghosts of words and borders continue to haunt artists of colour in global contemporary art stages. What does it mean to inhabit that stage …Read more..
Essay by Anne Couillaud “An exhibition is a temporary realization of something that we want to be perceived on a level beyond what is visible.”  There is a gentleman dressed in his mother’s sari sitting among us. We are in the presence of a decade of works by Hemali Bhuta, or as he would …Read more..
Curatorial Note “I realised that something momentous was happening…” This is how the octogenarian photographer, Arun Ganguly, looks back on the first time he began photographing the working process of Meera Mukherjee at her residence on Paddapukur Road in Bhowanipur in January 1978. It was indeed the beginning of a remarkable encounter – a …Read more..
Recent Paintings by Amitesh Shrivastava Essay by Ranjit Hoskote The first thing we notice about Amitesh Shrivastava’s paintings is that they are, above all, celebrations of painterliness; they are, in the art historian Heinrich Wölfflin’s sense, malerisch. The brushstroke is the formative unit in these works, varying in its handling of paint from a …Read more..
The finissage of Pallavi Paul’s solo show The Heart of the Heart This event acknowledged virtual fatigue, inviting an intimate and inseparable engagement with two voices and the filmic substance as a contact zone that unravels as rumor, testimonial fragment and riddle. The ‘essay conversation’, Circumstantial Images: Everything is Rumor between curator and writer Natasha …Read more..
ART TALKS, A series of conversations with artists, writers and curators The fourth talk of this series took place on 3rd September 2021 and is now available for viewing here Pallavi Paul and Shuddhabrata Sengupta were in conversation around the works in the show ‘The Heart of the Heart’. Their discussion spanned the sites of cinema, mathematics, …Read more..
“Ghosts do not haunt, they regress. Just as when you need to go to sleep you think of trees or lawns, you are taking instant symbolic refuge in a ready-made iconography of early safety and satisfaction. That exact place is where ghosts go.” – Max Porter, Grief is the Thing with Feathers (2015) This …Read more..
Throughout 2021 curator Maria Lind invites fifty-two artists to inhabit the instagram account @52proposalsforthe20s and make weekly proposals for the decade of the 2020s. Prajakta Potnis , How to decide which human gets your last ventilator By Emily Gallacher Viall (Emily Gallacher Viall is a nurse and poet) First, Study lungs. See lungs in trees, bronchial the …Read more..