‘GenNext’, the Annual Exhibition of Aakriti Art Gallery held every year in the month of October, was conceptualized as an initiative to set up a fresh focus on the contemporary art where the pathfinders to enunciate this project would be the young generation. The focus here is on the works of young and upcoming artists and their interpretation of contemporary issues through art.
The first GenNext was held in October 2006. The real motivation behind the ‘GenNext’ show was to promote the creative potential of young talents below forty years. A clear and transparent selection procedure was conceived for this. Artists are selected by a panel of judges that includes art historians, critics, artists and connoisseurs from the entries received within a stipulated time frame of the year for which announcement is done in different media worldwide every year. The selected artists are then asked to send their current works to be showcased.
GenNext I concentrated on promoting eastern Indian talents. GenNext II assumed a national perspective. The works of many of those who participated in GenNext I and II now fetch global recognition. From GenNext III, the focus became global, with young upcoming artists -- painters, sculptors and printmakers-- from all over the world participating in the show. Crossing boundaries with liberated thoughts, experimentation with mediums and development of a new visual language has by now become the inherent motto of the GenNext shows.