Sixth Dimension recently presented a marvellous art exhibition entitled ‘We Do Not Want To Draw The Line’, featuring fifteen artists from eight different countries, working across several mediums, at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata from 14th to 19th March, between 3 pm and 8 pm.
The exhibition was inaugurated in the presence of eminent personalities from the art scene and beyond, including artists such as Ganesh Haloi and Jogen Chowdhury, the chairman of Ambuja-Neotia group Harsh Neotia, art critic Nemiraj Shetty and several others.
The programme began with a lovely poetry recital, followed by the customary lighting of the lamp and the launch of a book ‘Silent Metaphors’ by Ganesh Haloi, after which the artists were invited to share their experiences of interacting with an Indian audience.
The fifteen artists involved in the exhibition included ten photographers, one sculptor and four artists. They are Anjan Ghosh, Dipendranath, Alina Ushcheka (Gloria Mundi), Sinisia Coni CR, Armando Correa Ribeiro, Rima Paul, Avedananda Goswami, Mia Ferrara Basel, Babir Das, Deepanjan Sarkar, Ebru Horoz, Ziba Vishteh, Shampashree Mund, Miharu Watanabe and Piya Dutta Nandi.
The next day, Nemiraj Shetty delivered an interesting talk on ‘How To Read A Work Of Art’, aimed at educating the general public on how to better understand and enjoy any artistic work, while referring to both historical and contemporary paintings. This was followed by Soumik Nandy Majumdar’s talk on ‘Art in Flux’ which primarily focussed on the socio-political roles played by photography, and how, apart from recording reality, it even changes our perception of the world, especially with reference to war photographs. The exhibition is all set to conclude on 19th March after an interactive session with disadvantaged young poets.
While many of the artists were based in India or had visited India before, for some like Ribeiro from Brazil, it was the first time in the country and he was greatly enjoying the experience. When asked about his creative process, he said he was particularly fond of photographing people, especially those belonging to the African community- capturing their personalities, emotions and histories in single black and white portraits. As for his advice to young photographers, he advised against buying expensive DSLRS, and instead emphasized on cultivating a photographic eye, and to capture ‘look’ and ‘feeling’, while photographing.
The assemblage of heterogeneous art was very well-curated. Anjan Ghosh’s photographs focus on poverty and finding a glimmer of happiness in the hardest of times while Dipendranath’s mixed media compositions of men and women are surreal and aimed at discovering the stories ‘behind the curtain’. Meanwhile Deepanjan Sarkar’s ‘And beyond Digital’ series explore futuristic landscapes with complex arrangements of cubes. Rima Paul’s abstract acrylic paintings redefine our notion of what a ‘city’ is and Alina Ushcheka’s sensual feminine portraits evoke a magnificent sense of freedom and a carefree spirit. Finally Avedandra Goswami’s sculptures convey a sense of fluidity, as though his figures are caught between two worlds.
The exhibition is sure to invite a positive response from Kolkata’s art enthusiasts.
The edited version of this was previously published in Marquee, The Statesman.
Here’s a sneak preview!
Thanks for reading. This was the first time I reviewed an art show. Comments and constructive feedback is greatly appreciated.