ONLY IN THE MADNESS ONE CAN TRULY CREATE.
In a befitting tribute to one of India’s greatest painters, Raja Ravi Varma, a Chennai-based photographer G. Venket Ram has recreated 12 of Varma’s iconic paintings into photographs, in line with the theme of celebrating the spirit of Indian Womanhood.
One of the Charles Baudelaire's poems, which was proscribed by the French authorities on grounds of immorality, is a beautiful poem called A une Malabaraise (To a Girl from Malabar). Who was that girl and where did he meet her?
These works are devoid of human figures and instead represent my inner landscape, with other visual symbols. They are mythical landscapes, derived from my imagining of the dichotomy between heaven and hell. They depict the confusion of my mind.
Amrita Sher-Gil, considered the mother of Indian modern painting, became known as the Indian Frida Kahlo. With her paintbrush she explored the sadness felt by people, especially women, in 1930s India, giving voice and validity to their experiences.
Parag’s meditative practice of achieving realism on canvas is often mistaken for photographs, his troubling paintings of faces and bare bodies design a carefully linked chain on the compelling ways that material, subject, and sensibility can align on canvas.
From the interconnected backwaters, the forests of Wayanad, the beaches of Alleppey, the temples of Thrissur, and the streets of Kochi, Kerala is right the place with the right traditions to embody what we’ve come to know as Human by Nature.
Biju Ibrahim captures the essence of rustic geographies, the people who are now becoming archive of the earth, the mythic and mystery of spaces and places, broken vessels and torn fabric, alleys of now filled with the density of then or before.
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