Manjari Kaul

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Centrifugal March By Aki Sasamoto at Lalit Kala Academy On the 21st of January   According to ancient Egyptian burial practice, the dead were buried with certain goods that were thought to accompany them through their afterlife. These objects could range from everyday goods such as pottery and grain to luxury items such as furniture and even jewels. In certain Mongolian Buddhist traditions, after death the body is taken away from the village and laid out in the open with a stone outline... [more]
Ono's Own   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yoko Ono at Vadehra Contemporary January 13th, 2012 - March 10th, 2012
Posted 1/22/12
Does Quiet Meditation like roller coaster rides that make her dizzy? When a doleful morn meets a discomfiting confrontation, do they look each other in the eye? Does dollops of cathartic effect go with a tinge of alienation? Quaint Wit wishes to be introduced to the family of Graceful Rhythm – Is Graceful rhythm ready for the next “beat”? When metaphysical talks to material simplicity, is all lost in translation? Who will believe that violence and empathy had the perfect summer... [more]
Whizzing across the cityscape like its veins and arteries, the Delhi Metro is like a participatory artwork in motion – an image of the modern urban Indian experience – oceans of people (and a few sniffer dogs) dart in and shove their way out of a train that halts for a precious few seconds. But before the train arrives, people must wait in this place of suspended motion. A frenzied entry into a coach could be preceded or followed by unconsciously eavesdropping into other people's conversations,... [more]
Arple Pie   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Group Show at Gallery Ragini December 8th, 2011 - December 31st, 2011
Posted 12/17/11
On the conveyor-belt of mainstream pedagogic practice all of us who have had the opportunity to go to school have learnt through the rote method, with a sharp and vicious stick looming at a dangerously close distance to our bottoms, that 'A is for Apple' and apple alone. The possibility of aberrations, alternatives, or permutations was foreclosed in what was a single answer system. For decades our language textbooks have retained the same content and technique where A corresponds to a... [more]
interior Monologue of the Artist   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Anupam Sud at Latitude 28 November 26th, 2011 - December 9th, 2011
Posted 12/3/11
Abstract ideas, conflicting thoughts, rejected drafts, sketchy outlines, works under construction, the notes in the margins, unprocessed plans, incomplete verses and the warm-up before a performance are conventionally deemed unfit to be viewed by an audience. The rugged bolt and screw that hold up the elegant tower are concealed in order to sever the tower from all associations with its building process. It is these rugged fittings and unfinished sentences that Anupam Sud brings out in her... [more]
 Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes but when it is pensive, when it thinks.                       While the print exhibitions at the Delhi Photo Festival 2011 presented several interpretations of the idea of ‘affinity’ (the theme of the exhibition), the digital exhibitions, slideshows and interactive talks spurred on a dialogue between the socio-political implication and the practice of photography. In these discussions photography was viewed... [more]
Young Hot Shots   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery October 16th, 2011 - October 28th, 2011
Posted 10/23/11
Photographs in monotone and in rich saturated colours; some on walls of white cubicles, several in open spaces; some laid out horizontally, others suspended from bamboo sticks; in prints of varying sizes, in straight lines and in labyrinthine criss-crossing arrangements; expressing journalistic objectivity or evoking emotional fecundity. A little after you enter India Habitat Centre, you find yourself enveloped by ever so many photographs you wonder if you’re in a world where everything is a... [more]
Sacred Rendered Profane   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Latitude 28 August 30th, 2011 - September 30th, 2011
Posted 10/9/11
In the contemporary capitalistic dictionary the meaning of love reads ‘a mass produced, large (size varies according to your credit card balance), red, velvety heart shaped cushion.’ The red roses, the CD of assorted romantic numbers, the happily ever after ends of romantic comedies and other market driven forces collaborate to construct and reiterate a meaning of love that has good sales value. Avni Doshi, in her curatorial venture seems to be reminiscing the song written by Bob Dylan in the... [more]
Eulogy to Husain   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 6/20/11
There are no eyes here In this valley of dying stars In this hollow valley This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms   In this last of meeting places We grope together And avoid speech Gathered on this beach of the tumid river... -T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men   The recent demise of self-exiled Indian artist M. F. Husain raises some blazing questions about freedom, society and artistic expression. It's time we halted and deliberated over the moral vigilantism and intolerant "hollow... [more]
The Contours of Currency   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
L.N. Tallur at Nature Morte, New Delhi April 4th, 2011 - May 10th, 2011
Posted 5/9/11
In keeping with traditional Hindu beliefs, the entrance of the quiet little Neeti Bagh gallery is adorned by the auspicious figure of Deepa Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. However, these twin bronze sculptures of the goddess, lamp in hand, which stand facing each other, are anything but a traditional evocation of the goddess of currency. It is, in fact, a startling mutilation of both the representation of the goddess' body and the dreams of those who covet wealth. The torso is... [more]
Words often become images And images acquire spelling. Visuals merge and split away From verses you're reciting.   Kavi Kala is one such book Of a confabulatory encounter Where letters and drawings holding hands Merrily down a road saunter.   Each picture on every page Tells a tale that merges with a text. Letters close their eyes And imagine what comes next.   Paras Sharma's Immutable is to do with the ephemeral, The destined and the half forgotten. 'Tis Depicted by... [more]
and Sappho does not singher songs of love with silven tongueyet nonetheless they still are sung by voices new, in tropic clime.-Inez Vere Dullas, Mitylene in Bombay   The 2010 Nigah queer fest in Delhi marked the passing of a year since the reading down of  the  draconian Section 377 by the Delhi High court. The art work exhibited at Siddhartha Hall at Max Mueller Bhavan, curated by Sunil Gupta, raised the question of what a post-377 world meant to us; What is the implication of declaiming... [more]
Artfully Frought   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Tracy Deep, Roger Foley Fogg, Dhiraj Singh at Artkonsult January 28th, 2011 - February 20th, 2011
Posted 2/14/11
The recent incidents of racial abuse faced by some people of Indian origin in Australia have stirred up combined feelings of agitation, fear and hatred. Straining the political relationship between the two countries, these incidents have led to the casting of Australia and India in antagonistic brackets of oppressor and oppressed. In light of the hostile and tense exchanges that followed the incidents, there was a definite need for cultural intervention to straighten out the political... [more]
Viewing the Void   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Anish Kapoor at National Gallery of Modern Art - NGMA Delhi November 27th, 2010 - February 27th, 2011
Posted 12/28/10
      Anish Kapoor's first ever exhibit in India at the National Gallery of Modern Art is both a celebration of an artist of Indian origin who has won many international accolades as well as an attempt to introduce this renowned figure to audiences with whom he shares kinship but who are hardly aquainted with him. Mostly known for his collosal projects, this exhibition includes a showcase for Kapoor's project models, some of his earlier work with pigments and his recent work with wax and... [more]
Conference Report: "Architecture of Erotica" at JNU   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mithu Sen at Arts and Aesthetics Visual Art Gallery, JNU November 10th, 2010 - November 26th, 2010
Posted 11/22/10
      The Architectures of Erotica: Interdisciplinary conference at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Art Exhibitions: Mithu Sen’s “Black Candy [iforgotmypenisathome]” and ‘Waste’ curated by the M.A. students of the School of Arts &Aesthetics, JNU “The Architectures of Erotica,” an interdisciplinary conference held at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi offered an intellectually arousing trajectory... [more]
Old Work New Mix   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jayashree Chakravarty, Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya, Anite Dube, Shilpa Gupta, NS Harsha, Jitish Kallat, Bharti Kher, Riyas Komu, Bose Krishnamachari, vish math, Pushpamala N, Surendaran Nair, Shibu Natesan, Jagannath Panda, Baiju Parthan, N.N. Rimzon, T.V. Santhosh, Nataraj Sharma, Sudarhan Shetty at Religare Arts October 1st, 2010 - October 31st, 2010
Posted 10/30/10
        Stepping into the Religare Gallery one feels as if one has entered Alice’s Looking Glass Land--a world where time runs backwards and written words may be read only when held up to a mirror, an alternate world that inverts and distorts logic and sense, mocking meaning. In the exhibition, Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference, art critic and curator, Gayatri Sinha, collates the works of twenty contemporary Indian artists whose art traverses through the undulated surfaces of a... [more]
Patels in Multiple   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ketaki Sheth at PHOTOINK August 21st, 2010 - October 16th, 2010
Posted 10/11/10
          The question that occurs as one views Ketaki Sheth’s monochromatic photographs of twins is whether their anthropological oddity is on display to be stared at or to be gauged as a rarity that is after all as regular as the norm. The artist’s exhibition, Twinspotting, displays the fact that everyone is different, except monozygotic twins. The several frames of people who bear eerie physical resemblance to one another is a sharp reminder, in an individualistic world such as ours, of... [more]