Inauguration 20th April 2018, 5pm, AIFACS, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, India.
The exhibition will be on view from 21st to 26th April 2018, 11 am to 7 pm.
For centuries, Indian society has been the cradle of diversities, pluralistic tolerance, creative canvas and multi-ethnic richness. Countless languages, beliefs, ideals, practices, ethos and religions have found their shelter into the hearts of Indian society for ages. Such diversities have not only found their shelters, but also got their deserving nurture and encouragement in this society itself. This can be proven and verified by the peaceful existence of such diversities over the years and it’s reflected in our artifacts and architectures spread throughout the country. From the sculptures of the West to the handicrafts of the East, and from the monuments of the North to the folklores of the South, we find the peaceful blending of such diversities into our daily lives.
Beneath the diverse surface, one might question or contemplate that is India just a conglomeration of societies? Are her complexities just too complex? Are her gifts so unconditional? Are her contradictions too touché? Whatever line of belief one tows, one cannot disagree with the fact that India represents classical paradoxes with not just with beliefs but also with the ways our society functions.
Artist Biswajit Das tries to explore and present the dichotomies with his stoic observation, unique artistry and satirical story telling.
The beauty of his art work is that its bereft of any particular belief or practice as such; rather, he is trying to put himself and such like-minded others in front of a soul-searching mirror! What we would see in that mirror is a question only we can answer for ourselves. With his unique and path-breaking style of observation, vivid color-sense, unmatched symbolism and gifted pathos, he is trying to portray the mirror with as many dualities and pluralism as possible in our society. From lingual hatred to communal riots, from ugly hopes to unspoken hatred, from fragile peace to fabricated wars, from careful demolition to careless instigations, from loud propaganda to silent conspiracies, from darker beliefs to brighter shames – our society and its dualities have never been captured so vividly and empathetically before as it has been by this young artist.
Such questions are necessary! Such dualities are important! Such soul-searching endeavors are required! Such artistic celebrations are rare and prized. What we will make out of it is for ourselves to decide, but we are glad that we live in a society where still colored brush strokes can leave such an undeniable impact on our hearts and minds. Kudos to such courage, salute to such empathy, accolades to such an Indian Circus!