Turn the Tables’ brings together six young artists, Meghansh Thapa, Vipul Prajapati, Kartik Sood, Jignasha Ojha, Sonam Jain and Uma Shankar Pathak whose work cut across a variety of themes and issues that concern contemporary Indian citizen in the interstices of urban-rural, modernity-tradition dualities. Despite their distinct artistic differences with each other the present collection relates the selected works, effortlessly, in terms of their shared interest in contemporary existence. Smoothly oscillating between multiple temporalities the works manage to infect the past with the present and the present with the past, thereby creating images shaken free of all temporal limitations altogether.
This dalliance with the eternal becomes particularly evident in Meghansh Thapa’s darkly enigmatic charcoal works. Vipul Prajapati’s canvases deftly blend the edgy glamour of pop-art with the haunting monochrome of Neo-realism inspired photo impressions, carving out a visual journal of industrial urban existence. Kartik Sood’s intricately layered, subliminally monochromatic videos bring in the element of New Media and illustrate the puzzlement of a society simultaneously courting tradition and modernity. Both Jignasha Ojha and Sonam Jain effectively use classical art techniques to comment on the present-day socio-political scenario. On a similar vein, but in a style distinctly more lyrical Uma Shankar Pathak’s delicate watercolour pieces chronicle the anxieties of displacement and migrant identity.
The artists’ twin allegiance with both, their experiential knowledge of the immediate present and an inexplicable consciousness of an extraneous past finally leaks into their works, lending them a curiously nostalgic air without disrupting their resolutely contemporary spirit.