"Urban Narratives" Exhibition
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For its 6th exhibition, Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo heads west to explore the Indian contemporary art scene. Art historian and critic Nanak Ganguly curates the show, and he has selected four emerging Indian artists, all active in Kolkata (West Bengal, India), an area which he believes has contributed enormously to the creation of a contemporary visual world.
The show was born from the idea of presenting the Indian scene as an Indian based in India sees it unfolds. Through the eleven pieces, out of which seven were newly-commissioned, it takes India during the moment of transition where space and time cross over to produce complex figures of differences and an identity.
The works by the artists introduced here reflect the diversity in the contemporary scene that plays as much with Western codes as with Indian traditional art. Sekhar Roy, Adip Dutta, Snehasish Maity and Piyali Sadhukhan are all deeply impacted by the cultural past of their country, ranging from medieval texts and icons to a colonial heritage.
While Sekhar Roy’s "Skyline" encourages us to rediscover the domestic indigenous space, Adip Dutta’s interest in archaeology forces us to reconstruct the gap between image and word, statement and understanding. Sadhukhan’s works discuss not only the subcontinent’s history, but also gender roles in this part of the world. Snehasish Maity’s focus on the urban experience encourages us to reconsider the universality of the human experience.
Ganguly comments, "The space here at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo is filled to capacity with the hierarchies that prevail, the resulting subjugations, the dogmas of prescribed thinking, the inequality of gender, the violence and resulting chaos of life in the Indian subcontinent, depravation resulted from discrimination. They are replete with visual texts retrieved from the times and spaces these artists navigated inwardly and intensely with almost indiscriminate abandon, unconfined; spewing gut-level reactions in their treatment of subjects and material, balancing between the subjective and emotive. For example, [the] art practice of representation that provides complex accounts."
These art pieces reflecting the true visions of the contemporary India will provide visitors uniquely stimulating experiences and fresh discoveries.
[Image: ©Louis Vuitton / Jérémie Souteyrat, Courtesy of Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo]