Sourav Roy

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Working with available light: re-developing a boxful of found photographs  
Sunandini Banerjee, Aditya Basak, Mamata Basak, Swarna Chitrakar, Sanjeet Chowdhury, Chhatrapati Dutta, Alakananda Nag, Prabir C Purkayastha, Amritah Sen, Sarbajit Sen, Alan Teller, Jerri Zbiral at Indira Gandhi National Centre for The Arts, New Delhi January 11th, 2016 - January 31st, 2016
Posted 2/16/16
Found objects have always been secret allies for visual artists. They are stumbled upon and acquired, magpie-like, because of a private vision of “intrinsic interest,” to be teased out and made concrete later. Found photographs, too, have long since found their place inside artists’ private . Following the Box, an exhibition of a particularly curious origin now on view at the Indian Museum, Kolkata, brings the aesthetic power of found photographs front and center.... [more]
Being Man: An Indexical History  
Rameshwar Broota at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art October 14th, 2014 - March 1st, 2015
Posted 7/13/15
Published in Art India Magazine Sourav Roy responds to Rameshwar Broota’s multi-generic journey over the last fifty years. Rameshwar Broota. Oil on canvas. 1986. Images courtesy Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi. Contemporary art discourse constantly refers to the male gaze as it stays trained on a female body: longing, projecting, mapping, invading. But when the male gaze turns inwards, towards its host male body, not othering but... [more]
Surface Tension  
Ayesha Sultana at EXPERIMENTER May 9th, 2014 - June 26th, 2014
Posted 8/21/14
Published in Acts of drawing are sometimes summed up as dirtying the paper delicately,1  but Ayesha Sultana’s drawings in Outside the field of view, her first solo at Experimenter,  Kolkata, mounted from the 9th of May to the 26th of June, are anything but delicate. Sultana ‘dirties’ the paper vigorously and obsessively, while reining in her mark-marking  within perfectly geometric shapes. Nine graphite drawings of various sizes, the... [more]
Entry for Frieze Writers' Prize 2013  
Rabindranath Tagore at National Gallery of Modern Art - NGMA Mumbai April 19th, 2013 - July 15th, 2013
Posted 8/4/14
The total oeuvre of more than two thousand drawings and paintings were literally Rabindranath Tagore’s last harvest. Dated between 1928 to 1941, created by a man consumed, they are unlike anything else bearing his name, which would turn out to be their undoing. Disenchanted with being turned into an institute back home and a mystic world over, troubled by failing health and thoroughly shaken by the goings on in the family, the nation and the world, painting was both Tagore’s last roar and last... [more]
Landscape as a Verb  
Sanchayan Ghosh at EXPERIMENTER December 13th, 2013 - February 8th, 2014
Posted 2/16/14
Published in, Page 27 In Sanchayan Ghosh’s second solo at Experimenter, Kolkata, Reversed Perspective: 3 Conjunctions, from the 13th  of December to the 8th of February,  the viewer can chart his or her course in many ways, both physically and mentally.The landscape of Birbhum is deconstructed and re-imagined via a wooden truss studded  with red LEDs; there are dropdowns marked with images of Blossom Theatre, the artist’s  ongoing workshop... [more]
Dark Matter Hits White Cube: Excavating India’s Coal Miners  
Prabhakar Pachpute at EXPERIMENTER September 28th, 2013 - September 28th, 2013
Posted 11/26/13 [more]
Making peace with chaos: Demolition Series by Bijoy Jain  
Bijoy Jain at Chemould Prescott Road May 31st, 2013 - July 30th, 2013
Posted 11/17/13
In Built to Kill, a short story by Venetian author Tiziano Scarpa, the protagonist is a frustrated architect from Venice. He feels so utterly constrained by the city’s architectural mandates to preserve a tourist-trapping golden past, that he starts killing tourists. Only he makes the murders look like suicides induced by Stendhal Syndrome, a psychosomatic disorder brought upon by an overdose of Renaissance beauty. A desperate attempt to prove that an urban space that doesn’t allow itself to... [more]
William Kentridge at Volte, Mumbai : The Magical Art History Mystery Tour  
William Kentridge at Volte Mumbai February 5th, 2013 - April 5th, 2013
Posted 11/4/13
- Daniil Kharms,  (1905-1942), Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings   Twenty minutes. I have it on competent authority that it should take twenty minutes on average to view a gallery show, provided you are sufficiently clued in. But this is no average show by an average artist.  The web would tell you how not average he is and only a visit to the show would confirm the former.   Not that the very first Indian show of this much-sought-after fifty eight year old South African... [more]
How many solos does it take to make a group show?  
SUNRITA BASU, Ritarupa Bhattacharya, Moumita Sarkar Das, Shibashish Das, Ratnadeep Deb, Somava Dutta, Sweta Haldar, Souvik Roy at Birla Academy of Art & Culture September 24th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Posted 9/25/13
After the first quick round of , the eyes quickly bookmark certain works and artists for the latter, slower rounds but the mind, hungry for a single thread of narrative, doesn't find any. On contemplation,  that turns out to be the mind's problem, not the artists'. So used our minds are with picking up a curator's text on entrance and viewing the entire exhibition through that lense, that they suddenly feel ill-at-ease when they have to be the meaningmakers themselves. It turns out that this... [more]
A collage of histories and meanings at Jhaveri Contemporary  
Group Show at Jhaveri Contemporary April 24th, 2013 - May 24th, 2013
Posted 5/20/13
  ‘Considering Collages’: a survey show of collages is exciting by definition because it’s a rare occurrence. Collages, especially the paper-and-glue  ( French ‘coller’ meaning ‘ to glue / to paste’) kinds,  which are often  playful experiments in forms, materials and contexts made from found objects,  tick exactly the wrong kind of boxes as far as the contemporary Indian art scene is concerned.But the post 1947 collagescape at Jhaveri Contemporary with 14 artists ( born between 1882 and 1976... [more]
Parul Thacker and an exercise in digital meaning-making  
Parul Thacker at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke March 19th, 2013 - April 29th, 2013
Posted 4/28/13
After a visit to the wonderland of forms that’s Parul Thacker’s first solo at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, the whole process of meaning-making  ( of contemporary art) is bound to come under fresh scrutiny.   All the available texts on  the artist and her works, struggle to put her into  a context, and visibly strain to find a broader theme beyond the striking yet enigmatic forms. And it’s not hard to see why. Her background is unconventional (Bachelor’s in textile design at Sophia... [more]
Me, etc. : Narcissicon by Kiran Subbaiah  
Kiran Subbaiah at Chatterjee & Lal Gallery December 21st, 2012 - February 9th, 2013
Posted 4/14/13
Kiran Subbaiah wanted to kill himself in  Suicide Note (2006) because that’s the way truly famous people rolled, according to him. While viewing , it seemed that he had made a miserable botch of a suicide. Because this time, his selves have multiplied, taken up residence together and freely borrow clothes from each other, get into scuffles, stabbings and passive-aggressive arguments.   Kiran Subbaiah, a contemporary artist based in Bengaluru has been delighting and provoking us with his... [more]
The Racer vs.The Flaneur at the Focus Photography Festival Mumbai 2013  
at Across Mumbai March 13th, 2013 - March 27th, 2013
Posted 4/7/13
“Life is a game of minutes”-  Rob, Competitor, The Amazing Race, Season 1 “...that essentially Gallic individual, the deliberately aimless pedestrian, unencumbered by any obligation or sense of urgency, who, being French and therefore frugal, wastes nothing, including his time which he spends with the leisurely discrimination of a gourmet, savoring the multiple flavors of his city.” - Cornelia Otis Skinner on flâneurs If a flâneur ever meets an Amazing Racer,  they probably won’t  have... [more]
Breath by Shirazeh Houshiary at Jhaveri Contemporary : A Review  
Shirazeh Houshiary at Jhaveri Contemporary February 26th, 2013 - March 23rd, 2013
Posted 3/31/13
Being overtly spiritual doesn’t seem to be the norm  in the contemporary art world. It’s amusing, considering that contemporary  art world is more or less a faith-based system that combines ‘an uneasy godlessness with a religious memory’1: the  cult of a faithful few, visiting hallowed premises of esoteric objects, where meanings are made and unmade by the high priests of scholarship. Thoughts like these are bound to cross one’s mind when one is en route to the first Indian solo exhibition... [more]
eye, etc. by Anita Dube: A review  
Anita Dube at Lakeeren Art Gallery January 10th, 2013 - March 27th, 2013
Posted 3/28/13
It’s an understatement that Anita Dube is a mistress of metonymy. Even the fact that  she lifts and airdrops the viewer  in  the uneasy boundaries of thoughts and things, is also routine by now. Yet, while marvelling at the  Lakeeren show of five installations made with ceramic votive eyes, one can’t but state the obvious. What’s not obvious is  that, in spite of experimenting with these since the late 1990s,  she still inspires a fresh pair of eyes. All five works on display are made... [more]
How public is Public Art? A review of ZegnArt / Public India Show  
Alwar Balasubramaniam, Atul Bhalla, Sakshi Gupta, Reena Saini Kallat, Srinivasa Prasad, Gigi Scaria, Hema Upadhyay at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum March 2nd, 2013 - May 15th, 2013
Posted 3/12/13
Visitors to Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Mumbai this summer will be confronted by the vision of a giant cobweb made up of oversized rubber stamps on its prim Palladian facade. Though it bears the name of Reena Saini Kallat as the creator, imaginative children might look around for an escapee giant spider from the neighbouring zoo.  This public work of art, Untitled (Cobweb / Crossings), is a collaboration between ZegnArt / Public, an initiative of the Italian Fashion Major Ermenegildo Zegna, and... [more]