When the monsoons is finally set to bade bye-bye to the City of Joy and autumn starts spreading its brighter patches of clouds in a romantic hide and seek game with the sun and there is a festive mood and fragrance in the air; we all know that strokes of colour, moulds of sculptures and some innovative digital/new age art creations are also set to be showcased because it is the same time of the year to celebrate the Gen Next. Well, Gen Next doesn’t need any more introduction or explanation by now, but of course what is novel and noble in this edition is a matter to be intrigued with and a matter we all are eagerly waiting to get unveiled and come on the board.
The initial conception of Gen Next was done to promote artists below forty that almost revolutionized the entire approach of curatorial venture in the art world. As a part of the celebration of the anniversary of Aakriti Art Gallery, Gen Next was first held in the month of October 2006. Now Gen Next is not just an exhibition but an iconic endeavour of endorsing young generation artists from different corners of the globe to showcase their creativity in one common platform, which Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata has been doing for the past seven years. And this time there’s another feather being added to the hat of Gen Next because ‘Gen Next VII’ is being presented by ‘Bachhawat Foundation’ which is exclusively set to promote art and gear up the cultural spirit of the city by connecting the local with the global and henceforth in this new venture of the Aakriti Art Gallery, Gen Next is ready to take a leap and be the emblematic idol in the field of visual arts - a venture to figure out, select, showcase and promote young budding creative minds that otherwise go unnoticed in the host of established artist.
Gen Next VII is ready to formally launch this edition of exhibition and thus finally announces the names of the nine selected participants. This year the selected artists are Jayeti Bhattacharya, Jayeeta Mukherjee, Supriya Polley, Leah-Nicole, Soma Das, Joydeep Bhattacharjee and Subhamay Datta in Painting, Surajit Sarkar in Sculpture and Prashanta Ghosh in New Media. This time the primary focus is on artists from different districts of West Bengal, North Eastern states and outside the Indian subcontinent, it is Leah-Nicole from Australia who has finally made it into the selected list of the seventh edition of Gen Next.
Gen Next VII is no doubt going to be an all-inclusive exposition of artworks with traditional art forms rubbing shoulders with experimental, conceptual art along with new age art mediums and in a nutshell ‘Bachhawat Foundation’ is firmly determined to put forward the best of the best of the new generation artists with a great series of works to be viewed and collected as an evolved aficionado of art on the whole!