The Guild Art Gallery is delighted to present ‘ time lapse’, solo exhibition of Prajakta Potnis previewing on Friday, September 14.
“Between the intimate world of an individual and the world outside which is separated sometimes only by a wall there are imperceptible elements that may transgress and affect the psyche of individuals. My attempt is to address social and individual anxieties through the degeneration that happens within the everyday. From decaying vegetables in a refrigerator, which may be genetically modified to cancerous growth on everyday objects, I have realised that the passage of time has somehow always found a way into my work. Objects and spaces, that have a time told testimony to give, often disclose an out of control situation, an outburst that is often result of apathy or neglect, interestingly woven within the fabric of time.
When i was invited to show my works in Mumbai and Kolkata simultaneously, I looked at the opportunity to view the two cities through the lens of time, there is a time difference between Mumbai and Kolkata to start with which is not followed, since post independence, according to UTC (coordinated time zones) Mumbai is 1 hour, 2 Minutes and 9.6000000000017 seconds behind the scheduled time in Kolkata .I wanted to explore and unravel such layers only to have a better understanding of both the cities.
What intrigues me is while this interlude is veiled, the lapse continues to occur in a way like a slip through the cracks. My past experience with interventions within public spaces, that have been city centric mostly, on local issues such as land grab, water politics have enabled me to experience in first person the loop holes that exist within our warped bureaucratic system.
One can experience stagnation and apathy of a veiled governance as soon as one gets acquainted with it at ground level. I am trying to look at the time lapse that prevails and metaphorically connect it to a systems failures that exits in both the cities.” - Prajakta Potnis
Potnis received her BFA and MFA from Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai, India (1995/2002). Her multidisciplinary work spans painting, installation, sculpture and photography and investigates the porousness and interpenetrability of boundaries and binaries such as inside/outside, public/private, natural/engineered, and has been shown to critical acclaim in India and internationally in various museums/institutes, including Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2012); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2011); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2011); MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome (2011); Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Paris, France (2011); HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway(2009); Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Austria (2010); KHOJ International Artists’ Workshop, New Delhi (2009); KHOJ International Artists’ Workshop, Mumbai (2005); National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2002). Solo exhibitions include, Porous Walls, The Guild art gallery, Mumbai (2008); Membranes and Margins, Em Gallery, Seoul (2008); walls- in- between, The Guild art gallery, Mumbai (2006).
Her work has been featured in significant publications including ‘The KHOJ Book of Indian Contemporary Art: 1997-2007’, Editor Pooja Sood (HarperCollins India Original, 2010); ‘I’m Not There: New Art from Asia,’ Editor Cecilia Alemani (The Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2010); ‘Younger than Jesus: The Artist Directory’ (New Museum and Phaidon, 2009).
Potnis is also the recipient of the major awards including the Sanskriti Award for Art (2010), the Inlaks Fine Arts award (2003-2004), and the Young Artist fellowship, from the Indian National Department of Culture (2001- 2003).