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Aakriti Art Gallery - Kolkata

Exhibition Detail
Orbit Enclave, First Floor 12/3A, Picasso Bithi(Hungerford Street)
700 017 Kolkata

March 18th, 2011 - April 30th, 2011
The Matrics of Rasa, Birendra PaniBirendra Pani, The Matrics of Rasa,
2009, Acrylic on Canvas, 42.00 X 66.00 inch 106.68 x 167.64 cm
© Courtesy of the artist and Aakriti Art Gallery
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Birendra Pani’s present exhibition “Re-Vision” is a continuation of his engagement with the once popular and now endangered traditional dance form called Gotipua dance and the past cultural tradition of Odisha in a broader sense. Gotipua dance which is performed by the boys in the guise of girls has its own language, rhetoric and symbols and the living experience weaved into the fabric of social life. Odisha has a rich legacy of diverse visual culture and sensibility with vast history of stone carving and monumental feeling which have been neglected and abandoned now. The present series of work is the refraction of the fantasy of a nostalgic past, a landscape of memory with change in space and time. Here the reconstruction of the past is by enmeshing of the cultural memory of past events and of originary narratives and relating it to the contemporary situation by criticism, appropriation, preservation and transformation. The exhibition is an invocation towards the phenomenology of a new vision of re-visiting and re-defining the interrelationships between cultural memory, identity and history in a situation of “loss” and “reinvention of self” in a globalize and yet localized world. Remembering Stuart Hall’s assertion, culture and identity are irrevocably intertwined through memory. Here the artist intends to create a personal iconography by negotiating with the contingent spheres of influences in the globallocal conundrum and the cultural negligence of  Odishan art by engaging with the tradition in an innovative way.

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