Re-imagining the city in ‘TerraGeometrix’

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Previously mounted at the first Indian Ceramic Triennale in Jaipur, this collaborative mural re-imagines the landscape of a city, with its sprawling concrete formations and human habitation. The ceramic installation has been created by Delhi/Gurugram-based artists Rahul Kumar and Chetnaa, who worked on this wall-work for over a year. It is currently part of a new show, ‘Breathing Spaces’, at New Delhi’s Exhibit 320, which is also showing acryclic paintings of emerging Baroda-based artist Kaushik Saha, in the same show.

The dull browns and blue-white patterns in ‘TerraGeometrix’ evoke a sense of great antiquity, referencing the existence of historical ruins in a city or town. The grid-like impression suggests the wide navigational possibilities of an urban landscape, with all its detours, highways and arterial roads. The multi-shaped circular discs suggest rigidity of urban formations, while the empty spaces between each object carry many meanings: from the fluidity and tentativeness of present-day existence to the increasingly individualistic life trajectories.

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