My art is theme-less: Shobha Broota

Form, colour and texture hold primacy in the works of Indian artist Shobha Broota, whose repertoire witnessed a shift from early portraitures and figuratives to pure abstractions. At a recent group exhibition, titled 'Shadow Lines: Experiments with Light, Line and Liminality', the artist showed a large collection of knotted wool and thread on the canvas.…

Using ash, glass slides, drawings, Prashant Pandey revives ‘experiences’ in this installation

For an artist who developed an early interest in waste material (such as chipped off pieces of marble) at his family stone carving facility, Rajasthan-born Prashant Pandey’s latest work repurposes a totally different substance. It is the holy ash sourced from Ujjain’s Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 such sites in India that has…

If I completely understand what I am doing, I don’t paint it any more: Ranbir Kaleka

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y11s0_12u9E&t=43s In this interview with DAG World, Punjab-born artist Ranbir Kaleka talks about the process that shape his paintings, which are known for their highly charged, surrealist narratives. "I start with making hundreds of drawings. If I feel I am quite close to what I want, it has to remain slightly beyond my understanding. If…

Manisha Parekh – Is it me or is it you?

Manisha Parekh’s welded steel and enamel paint wall installation at New Delhi's Shrine Empire Gallery represents the Indian artist’s exploration with the form of the ‘line’, while bringing into focus the play of light, shadows and space. On the face of it, this artwork evokes an urban setting where so many scaffolding-like structures are a…

Through ‘batata’, Anant Joshi’s Kochi Biennale collateral offers satirical take on the world

Known for his engagement with toys, cartoons and caricatures, Anant Joshi’s collateral exhibition at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a playful and satirical take on the world narrated through a fictional character called ‘batata’. True to its English equivalent, which is a potato, the ‘batata’ in Anant’s exhibition is an organic-looking, cartoonish form that has a…

Combining sound, animation and text, this Kochi Biennale presentation focuses on human and non-human interactions

Perhaps no platform in the contemporary art world is complete without artists pondering over the influence of digital spaces on human beings, including the advent of newer technologies such as artificial intelligence. A unique video-text installation, which is a collaboration between Ahmedabad-based artist Suvani Suri and Kerala-born Mochu, engages the Kochi-Muziris Biennale viewer with a…

South African Zanele Muholi essays what it means to be black, lesbian and a woman

In 2006, South African artist Zanele Muholi began a photographic series as an attempt to remedy “black queer invisibility”. Featuring lesbians, women and trans people of colour, the project was born out of the need to create a visual history of South Africans, especially lesbians, while highlighting their struggles. The portraits, in which Zanele’s subjects…

Priya Ravish Mehra’s biennale works put spotlight on traditional darning

Priya Ravish Mehra’s participation at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale unravels a rare technique of woven tapestries, combining fragments of discarded weaves with paper pulp.    Priya’s experimentation with fibres has its roots in her childhood in Najibabad, a town in Uttar Pradesh. Local rafoogars, or darners, regularly brought antique shawls from Kashmir and other precious fabrics to her…

Artist Profiles for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018

Linking ‘thought’ and ‘matter’, Raju Sutar’s Biennale collateral deploys life-size innovations In Madhvi Parekh’s biennale works, tradition and modernity intersectPriya Ravish Mehra's biennale works put spotlight on traditional darning How to judge an artwork? Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn has some cuesSouth African Zanele Muholi essays what it means to be black, lesbian and a womanMrinalini…