To pay homage to celebrated artist SH Raza on his 100th birthday, Raza Foundation has organised a mega art show Yuva Sambhav. The show opened on March 26, at five different galleries in Delhi – Bikaner House, Triveni Kala Sangam, Visual Art Gallery IHC, Kings Plaza IIC, and Romain Rolland Art Gallery, Alliance Francaise.
The exhibition has brought together 100 young artists from across the country. The carefully chosen artists are the ones who are consistently moulding the context of art through sub-textual imprints of its history, culture, metaphysics, socio-politics, and ecology working in different genres.
This show is curated by five different curators in their respective zones Meera Menzes (North Zone), Gita Hudson (South Zone) Jesal Thakar (West Zone), Usmita Sahu (East Zone), and finally conceived by Akhilesh (Central Zone) and coordinated by Manish Pushkale. “Young painters are so full of new perspectives and involved in their own research – there is great hope for the future of art,” says Akhilesh.
The show is a cultural experiment that addresses identity politics and intersectional perspectives. Indian contemporary art and its associated areas remain largely niche and urban-centric. “For a discourse on Indian contemporary art it is crucial to decentralise and foreground alternative, regional ecosystems. Moreover, the often-overlooked emergent voices from peripheral regions need validation and inclusivity at the national level,” says Usmita Sahu, the curator from East Zone.
Hailing from Muzaffarpur, Bihar, Aditi Raman Karn questions what it means to be a feminist in a middle-class conservative milieu. She uses stitching, knitting, and sewing to depict taboo subjects and subverts her compositions into silent protest through needlework.
Kolkata artist Anirban Saha brings to the show his hand-drawn graphic novels that he made during the last two years documenting harrowing tales of Covid-19. His works depict the fear of impending death.
Arjun Das, who spent many years working at a roadside Dhaba in Kolkata, showcases migrant labourers in his sculptures while Avinash Karn, born into a family of Madhubani painters in Ranti (Bihar), imbues folk art with a fresh perspective by introducing new techniques and contemporary themes.
Odisha’s Jyotiprakash Pradhan’s paintings have mapped confined urban spaces through repetition and cloistered, hive-like forms while Manash Talukdar combines painting and embroidery to create a free-flowing abstract narrative, his recurring subjects being memory, rhythm, and myth.