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"Flossed" Over.

by Deepika Sorabjee
“Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” —Toni Morrison, Bangladeshi visual artist Naeem Mohaiemen is well known in the Indian art world, having shown at Kolkatta’s Experimenter and having been exhibited internationally. While comfortable with showing his art in West Bengal, he has expressed his exhaustion with the audiences reminiscing over their abandoned homes in East Bengal, which became East Pakistan in 1947 and Bangladesh in 1971. This... [more]
Posted by Deepika Sorabjee on 8/8/13
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Watchlist Artist: Amitabh Kumar

The Guild Art Gallery is delighted to present ‘Message to Zero’, first ever solo exhibition of Amitabh Kumar previewing at The Guild on Friday, April 12, 2013. Interview #1 I catch the artist at the end of a long day at work. He is washing the paint off of his face. Amitabh: What is the show about? Amitabh: The project is a series propositions to the public and we use the precision of a contemporary art display space to make them sharper. A: What do you mean by that? A: A surgical... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 5/25/13
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Life in Lapsed Time.

by Deepika Sorabjee
As I rang the bell at The Guild -- this strange Mumbai procedure for a gallery in landlord-owned rented spaces -- it struck me that it was a Monday. Were they shut? Luckily the door opened and the two-story climb up a tourist-infested Colaba building with an erstwhile dubious reputation is worth it. Prajakta Potnis' world is anything but seedy. I love this profound contrast in senses that Mumbai assaults one with. Compared with any other city, the magnitude of the assault is incomparable and... [more]
Posted by Deepika Sorabjee on 7/18/13
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Mirage

Sathyanand Mohan Mirage THE GUILD April 13 - 28 , 2012 Preview: Thursday, April 12, 7.00 – 9.30 pm www.guildindia.com The Guild Art Gallery is delighted  to present Mirage, the second solo exhibition of Sathyanand Mohan previewing on Thursday, April 12. “The show called 'Mirage' comprises works that I have done in the last two years; it is so titled in order to encompass most of the works, which though disparate in style and content are unified by... [more]
Posted by the_guild2003@yahoo.co.in on 4/13/12
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26 Down

by Himali Singh Soin
Sathyanand Mohan’s series of twenty-six playful photographs, Abecedaire, 2012, evoked this story of childhood crossword puzzles and intangible life lessons. The artist’s photographs are about the simultaneous beauty and danger that the world of words evokes: each image delves into a colorful universe of constructed and natural landscapes with a childlike block letter, A to Z, in the foreground. The letters come to signify the paradoxes of meaning, and the symbols of a psyche that are... [more]
Posted by Himali Singh Soin on 4/23/12
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Seeing in Time

by Himali Singh Soin
Imagine that Time was born wearing a frock, morphing, as he grows older, into a dress, then a gown. The frock is simple, the dress has a few studs and some intricate cuts, and the gown is bedecked with lace and beads and zippers—all the frills that a society will impose upon that which began simply with itself. The Sidereal is that tangential reality at the centre of the circle of Time had the frock not turned into a gown: ponders the nature of Time were it stripped of the value that today’s... [more]
Posted by Himali Singh Soin on 8/21/11
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Tagging Today

by Sophia Powers
      With the Asian Games less than 50 days away, and India’s capitol in a state of utter disrepair—not to mention the scores of underpaid and overworked migrant laborers who have flooded Delhi, as well as the country’s other metros, to build not only shabby stadiums but countless high-rises - one would expect a few more signs of popular outcry.  But street graffiti is conspicuously absent.  The buildings, even when crumbling and monsoon-stained, are largely left unmarked by political... [more]
Posted by Sophia Powers on 8/24/10
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What Side's Outside?

by Nida Ghouse
Today, July 5, the country has gone on strike against inflation.  I've made a special request to walk in and see Constructed Realites, the group show currently running at The Guild. Driving through empty streets, the colors of  drawn shutters blurring my windscreen, I experience  a Bombay subdued, quieter than it has been on any given Sunday. With this rare absence of vehicles on the road still present in my thoughts, I enter the gallery. The first image to confront me: a mass of cars tries to... [more]
Posted by Nida Ghouse on 7/5/10
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A Tale of Two Cities

by Himali Singh Soin
      Navot Altaf's exhibition, “A Place in New York,” at first indicates physical spaces: roads, crossings, waterways, parks, bridges, subways, restaurants, museums.  But each photograph of such places is juxtaposed with another identical one, featuring a person of any age, race or class superimposed onto it. The photographs are manifestly ‘digital’, manipulated to effect a ‘negative’: the dualities of night and day, a photograph and a non-photograph, of spaces and of culture, and finally... [more]
Posted by Himali Singh Soin on 4/5/10
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