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Notes From the Lockdown

Notes From the Lockdown

The global shutdown and the continuing lockdown in India has given us an opportunity to rethink our ways, to adapt to more sustainable ways of living, and to understand the value of less is more. However, there remains an undercurrent of apprehension: After the ‘new normal’, will we gravitate towards the ‘old normal’ after all?

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Shubigi Rao: The Art of Embedded Histories

Shubigi Rao: The Art of Embedded Histories

The curator for the fifth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, scheduled to kick off on December 12, on the challenges of curation during the pandemic, the inevitability of physical isolation informing the artists’ work, their rethinking of how they produce art, the biennale as a space of comfort and consolation — a counterpoint to isolation and pain — and unearthing the marginalised and subsumed histories and narratives in her work

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The Quiet Landscape of the Self

The Quiet Landscape of the Self

The lockdown has made it possible for me to return to painting, which I had stopped after 2007. In my paintings, mostly abstract and landscapes, I try to capture studies of light on canvas

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Lockdown Diaries

Lockdown Diaries

Staying at home, reflecting on the idea of home, belonging, life, relationships with others, as well between pain and creativity, loneliness, family time and hatred in the time of pandemic

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Drishti: Turning the Gaze to the Self

Drishti: Turning the Gaze to the Self

Amid the darkness of the pandemic, hope can give an intangible high, but what direction should this hope have? Confined for two months in our home in Paris, I and my wife took a surreal visual approach to Drishti, a beautiful philosophy in Yogveda, which teaches you how the energy flow in the body is directly linked to the mind. It led us to shoot a series of images.

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Self-portraits in the Time of Social Distancing

Self-portraits in the Time of Social Distancing

With social distancing as the new normal, various questions about self, life, and the life around us have come to the forefront. How do people engage with spaces, with confinement, with tiring familiarity, a persistent routine what could be a visually compelling idea of the self?

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The Return of Nature

The Return of Nature

As the world stops and humanity retreats indoors, I look back at the road I took as a wildlife storyteller. It has let me in on the beauty, perfection and fragility of the world.

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Holding Hands

Holding Hands

Through this period of physical isolation, I have been grateful to friends for helping me stay afloat. I understand and imagine so much of the world through their eyes. How can this understanding shape the kind of solidarity I engage in? How, why, and who does this solidarity serve?

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Epilogue to Extended Tomorrows

Epilogue to Extended Tomorrows

During the pandemic, as growing challenges emerge for independent arts initiatives and public platforms for contemporary culture in South Asia, one can’t help but be conscious of the lasting role of creative interdependence and pluralistic alliances

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Quarantine Notes from Dhaka

Quarantine Notes from Dhaka

In the lockdown, digging into the archive to find scraps of personal memories and reels of surprise — negatives, portraits, sculptures and photographs

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Handmade is the Way Forward

Handmade is the Way Forward

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has severely affected the handloom sector, which was already reeling under the impact of demonetisation and GST. For centuries, the handloom weaver has continued to work from home, offering the world the choice of a conscious living, which is sustainable, local and green. These weavers offer me the hope and the conviction to carry on my journey in the handmade sector

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TikTok: How artist Gigi Scaria is Using His Time

TikTok: How artist Gigi Scaria is Using His Time

Gigi Scaria’s conceptually strong art practice has always been concerned with distancing, absence and presence. The artist, however, says we need to go out in order to be in. In lockdown, holding up at his home in Greater Noida, Scaria is stepping out — through TikTok — to be brought back in

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The Mad Girl Laughs

The Mad Girl Laughs

Notes from a Locked-down Bombay

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Anjolie Ela Menon:The Extraordinariness of the Ordinary

Anjolie Ela Menon:The Extraordinariness of the Ordinary

Known for her extraordinary portrayals of the ordinary folks, Anjolie Ela Menon is dismayed to see the migrant crisis unfold. Confined to her Delhi home, she has found it hard to keep art on hold. She has rigged up a makeshift studio in her house to produce a series of small works, like Festival and Landscape

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The State of Art in the post-Covid World

The State of Art in the post-Covid World

Art has always been an ambassador to reflect critical dialogues around socio-economic moments and will play an increasingly important role in the post-pandemic world. The structure of business is set to change in the gallery and the auction spheres

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Amar Kanwar: Songs of Continuity

Amar Kanwar: Songs of Continuity

The filmmaker is presently exhibiting two solo projects in a landmark collaboration between NYUAD Art Gallery and Ishara Art Foundation in Dubai

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Tara Sabharwal: Borders of Belonging

Tara Sabharwal: Borders of Belonging

The New York-based artist of Indian origin on curating a show about migrants, the politics of ‘othering’ and the horror of the migrant crisis

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Artists as Darners and Healers

Artists as Darners and Healers

A group exhibition in Delhi brings together works that seem to mend an artist’s broken sense of the self or the world

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Beyond Designs Home and  Bistro: A Sense of Aesthetics

Beyond Designs Home and Bistro: A Sense of Aesthetics

Delhi-based interior designer and architect Neha Gupta, who co-founded Beyond Designs — the elegant and uber chic furniture, home accessories and interiors solution brand — along with her husband, Sachin Gupta, on the new vertical of the brand, Beyond Designs Home and Bistro, a thrilling blend of design and cuisine

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Krishen Khanna: A Life in Colours

Krishen Khanna: A Life in Colours

The artist’s oeuvre reflects a distinct sensitivity ti the suffering of mankind. He translates his empathy into paintings and sculptures of marginalised labourers, musicians, refugees and bandwallas

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Paresh Maity: The Vocabulary of Art

Paresh Maity: The Vocabulary of Art

The artist on starting his works with nothing, being a colourist, and how art dominates him to explore different unknown horizons

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Wild and Beautiful

Wild and Beautiful

A show at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art puts the spotlight on our relationship with the animal world

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The Great Mix

The Great Mix

A new show brings together several niche, design-led brands in a curated space, creating interplays between materials and objects

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Nitin Kohli: Have A Decor

Nitin Kohli: Have A Decor

Nitin Kohli Homes, an interior design and bespoke furniture manufacturing brand for uber luxurious interior solutions, swears by functionality, affordability, and a home owner’s individuality in their latest three collections — Condo, Conversations and Pillow Talk

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On View in Venice, Core of Gandhian Philosophy

On View in Venice, Core of Gandhian Philosophy

India returns to the 58th Venice Biennale after eight long years

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A Room of Her Own

A Room of Her Own

In her new show, artist Maite Delteil showcases unseen works from the 1960s that evoke the many moods of women — single, contemplative, naked — in their boudoirs

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Cartoons: Adventures in Adjuncting & God and Satan

Cartoons: Adventures in Adjuncting & God and Satan

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Bhubaneswar Art Trail: An exploration into the medieval city

Bhubaneswar Art Trail: An exploration into the medieval city

Bhubaneswar Art Trail achieves what it had set out to do, quite impressively and in the process, brings together a community of people from the city and far beyond.

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Every material has a history: Arunkumar HG

Every material has a history: Arunkumar HG

Artist Arunkumar HG on his new show Con-struction and the choice of form and medium and the texture of his works

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Trysts with India

Trysts with India

Reflecting on what you have done and might do next is an important part of the creation process, says Michel Testard, who was born in Japan, educated in France, travelled and worked in Africa, Europe, the US, Middle East and China. His wanderings in India have led to Glimpses of India, a show which was held at Bikaner House in New Delhi between May 17-27. The India chapter, he says, is the natural continuation of a never ending journey — travel — that has taken him around the world

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Kahn built structures that transport you  to another universe: Sundaram Tagore

Kahn built structures that transport you to another universe: Sundaram Tagore

Sundaram Tagore’s second film, Tiger City, is a feature-length documentary on the world-renowned American architect Louis I. Kahn

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 At workplaces, people want to  feel at home: Maria Bourke

At workplaces, people want to feel at home: Maria Bourke

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Ram Kumar: An Artist of Rare Sensitivity

Ram Kumar: An Artist of Rare Sensitivity

Ram Kumar, one of the great pioneers of Indian art, displayed a concern with the plight of the individual through both his figurative and abstract paintings

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Minal Vazirani: Course of Auction

Minal Vazirani: Course of Auction

Minal vazirani, co-founder of Saffronart, India’s leading auction house with global footprints, on the art of auctions and the method of collecting art

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My work is politically charged: Unnikrishnan

My work is politically charged: Unnikrishnan

Unnikrishnan C., 26, an emerging artist from Kerala, is all set for his first solo exhibition in Switzerland from March 9-12, courtesy avid collectors Richard and Adrienne Blum of Zug

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I enter the unknown spontaneously: Vivan Sundaram

I enter the unknown spontaneously: Vivan Sundaram

Artist Vivan Sundaram, 75, aims to disrupt and disturb the viewers. His retrospective, “Step Inside And You Are No Longer A Stranger”, curated by Roobina Karode, is on at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in Delhi till June 30

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Riyas Komu: The Anatomy of Angst

Riyas Komu: The Anatomy of Angst

Artist Riyas Komu says he approaches his latest show aesthetically, conceptually and structurally

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An Archivist of Our Times

An Archivist of Our Times

Holy Shiver, Riyas Komu’s latest solo show, documents his response to the attitude of the state. He is an artist who is committed to his ideals

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Where the wild things are

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Where the wild things are

62 countries. 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues. The Fringe offers a dynamic cross-cultured journey that evokes a gamut of emotions

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Documenta 14 examines the big questions of life

Documenta 14 examines the big questions of life

Documenta 14, world's best-known art event, examines the big questions of life, time and space and the essence of our aesthetics. A look at the works of five Indian artists who will participate

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I like to play with form, material: G R Iranna

I like to play with form, material: G R Iranna

Iranna's solo show, ‘Ether is All That is, was on at Gallery Espace in New Delhi recently. He says it’s ether’s in-betweenness that fascinates him. The artist, who uses ash as his medium to show the impermanence of life, says the universe is a big mystery

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'Abstract art helps express what words can't describe'

'Abstract art helps express what words can't describe'

Delhi-based artist Saba Hasan’s works wrestle with the forces of time, nature & personal histories. The artist talks about her new show and her craft

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Real beauty is linked to truth: Shakti Maira

Real beauty is linked to truth: Shakti Maira

Painter, sculptor and thinker Shakti Maira feels beauty is all about excellence in relationality. ‘Beauty is not just how things look, it’s about how things really are,’ says the artist, talking about his book, The Promise of Beauty and Why it Matters, and his recent show, Formed Resonance

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Jitish Kallat’s works amaze the senses, challenge the mind

Jitish Kallat’s works amaze the senses, challenge the mind

Jitish Kallat is at the forefront of India’s contemporary art movement. His oeuvre inquires into some of the essential ideas of life.

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Delhi’s most significant annual art event gets into its second decade

Delhi’s most significant annual art event gets into its second decade

The 2017 edition of the India Art Fair saw a usual mix of colour, canvas and crowds

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My art practice is about social conditions, issues that affect women: Anila Quayyum Agha

My art practice is about social conditions, issues that affect women: Anila Quayyum Agha

Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha, whose installations were part of the India Art Fair 2017, tells The Punch that in her artworks she tries to find some way to connect with people and their experiences, through issues that affect them on a deeper level

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Serendipity Arts Festival proves to be feast for the senses

Serendipity Arts Festival proves to be feast for the senses

The inaugural edition of the multi-disciplinary festival, which was held in Goa in December 2016, has set enviable benchmarks

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My Journey: Seeing Inside

My Journey: Seeing Inside

World cinema changed my perspective. Bertolucci's films had elaborate frames and sensuous colours. I watched Zanussi, Kieslowski and Polanski with bated breath

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