John Lennon once said, “My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”
Following the same ideology for observational art, Painting-Bordeaux in association with Niv Art Centre and Alliance Française de Delhi have put together an International Arts Festival called East-West showcasing works by 17 artists from six different countries. Themed around the Social Animal, this new festival features experimental art using a variety of artistic practices across four venues in the capital from March 19 to April 12. The curator of the show, Jonathan Longuet shares, “The East-West programme brings together artists from different nationalities living in different countries, but linked by the need to search and query his membership in a system/ecosystem as a definition of his own condition.”
You need to know about this debut because we think collaborative work that helps artists grow, both professionally and personally, is the way forward. Festivals like these provide emerging artists a platform to showcase their talent and thought to a wider audience.
WHO IS TAKING PART
This ambitious project aims to share experiment through the eyes of next generation artists, while also providing a platform for them to project their views about the society they belong to. For the same, cultural centre of various embassies like Alliance Française Delhi, Korean Cultural Centre and Japan Foundation have come together – and that’s what we are most excited about.
Participating artists include B. Ajay Sharma (India), Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy (India), Dirk Baumanns (Germany), Enora Lalet (France), Ema Kawanago (Japan), Green Riot (France), Hanifa Alizada (Afghanistan), Koustav Nag(India), Melodie Serena (France), Midhun Gopi (India), Monkey Bird (France), Narae Jin (South Korea), Priyesh Trivedi (India), Rahul Gautam (India), Rinku Chauhan (India) and Rouge (France).
WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT
Through this exhibition each artist is trying to be linked by the need to search his role in the society and the work reflects his own condition. They explore various aspects of our ecosystem through interactive art while presenting their observation on relationships between people, men and women, generations, different social conditions and compared to the environment.
French artist Enora Lalet’s work titled Cooking Faces is where she inter-mingles textile and body, and organic and food; offering a unique multi-sensorial experience. Her performances duals close to the world of myths and legends, ancient or modern, a captivating universe of multiple meanings. Her performance art is part of the exhibition titled Social Animal showing at Alliance Française de Delhi till April 5.
Indian social media sensation Priyesh Trivedi, who is widely known for his Adarsh Balak creatives, presents a parody and critique on the educational posters of the 80’s and early 90’s that were widespread in Indian schools. The series highlights certain issues that he feels strongly about in his iconic dark and humorous way of storytelling. His work will be on display at Niv Art Centre’s show East-West Festival from March 28 to April 12.
The exhibition at Japan Foundation called Mind The Gap is on till April 4 and brings together Ema Kawanago and Koustav Nag exploring different Asian society in an analogous way of expression, medium, and artistic approach.
The Monkey Bird series by young artists Temor and Blow is a street art project as well as an installation. It reflects the animalistic nature of the metropolis, and they have used different mediums like stencil, etching, linocut, matter subtraction, design and carvings to highlight the fables of the monkey and the bird.
Bangalore based-performing artist Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy’s Flesh talks about the gender difference prevailing in the country as well as across the world with the help of his elaborated dance movements.
The arty affair also features two unique solo shows – Dramascope by Korean artist Narae Jin at the Korean Cultural Centre, on view till April 4 and Before Our Own Eyes by Afghani artist Hanifa Alizada at Niv Art Centre till April 12. Jin views our surroundings and reflects on the social construction of reality, culture, and identity. And Alizada’s work reflects her extraordinary journey between Aghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.
Another artist whose work was much talked about during his solo exhibition last year in India is Jonathan Longuet. Green Riot presents human and environment interactions.
Overall, the exhibition brings together diverse spectrums of work with a singular theme. Though the artists as well as the curators emphasise that the show is not to be looked at as a critique on society, but as observations by artists.