24th October at 5:30 pm
Aerial Roots – Four Artists Response to the Environment
Installations by Kriti Arora, Rajiv Gautam & Ranmal Singh Jhala; and sculptural works by Tutu Pattnaik
Designed and curated by Ranmal Singh Jhala
Inauguration on 24th October at 5:30 pm
By Prof. M.G.K.Menon
Venue: Gandhi – King Plaza
Sculpture Title: Spin My Cotton Too
Each man has an inroad onto himself,
Set on a Charkha of confusion.
How the symbol used by Mahatma Gandhi has been distorted and even totally forgotten by our contemporary leaders. Too often exploited to create their own inroads leading to the dark side of society- tarring us under the wheel of so-called development.
My work is reminiscent of the art and culture of Orissa, my native land in eastern India. My works evolves juxtaposing what I interpret as the ancient Indian tradition and culture with contemporary materials and methods. I re-create my memories; I sculpt the reflections of my visual experience, the wealth of ancient and traditional sculpture, rock-cut shelters, architecture, folk and totem poles and their fragmentary remnants.
The theme of ‘Aerial Roots’ – environment and non-violence, opens up a pool of design possibilities. The setting, with a full moon on the opening day, can bring into play all the senses: wind chimes, musical mobiles and embroidered appliqué globes descending from the branches of the Pilkhans, trees of life made from recycled materials, floating lamps in the lotus pond. The visitors could participate by trying their hand at a charkha, read quotations in Braille, listen to Gandhi’s favourite bhajans or Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech.
Kriti holds a degree in Fine Arts specializing in sculpture from Baroda, India. Her academic qualifications include a M.A. Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts and a post graduate in Film and Photography from Hampshire College, Amherst, USA.
In 1994 she began to produce her own work in Baroda. From 1998 she started showcasing her work as a solo artist at well-known galleries in Europe, USA, Canada and India. As a filmmaker, she participated in the 19th ‘Annual Images Festival Monitor’, 2006 and ‘Experimenta India’ in Toronto and Ontario in Canada. In 2005, she participated in ‘Human Vogue’ organized by UNESCO in Paris and her Film/Video from India was also screened at École de Beaux Arts, Paris.
In 2004, her entry in the photography exhibition based on the theme of women, ‘Eye to Eye’ won the 2005 India Habitat Centre’s Special Jury Award.
Tutu Pattnaik S. K.
A Gold Medalist from Banaras Hindu University, Tutu also holds a postgraduate degree in Fine Arts from the College of Art, New Delhi.
Specialising in sculpture, Tutu participated in a group show in Varanasi in 1983 and in 1987, held his first solo sculpture exhibition ‘South African Freedom Struggle’ in Bhubaneshwar. Since 1995 he has been lecturing and presenting audiovisual shows based on his own works and has participated in art and sculpture camps across India.
Tutu’s sculptures, relief, painted and mosaic murals are to be found in prominent collections all over India including at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi and Sahitya Kala Parishad in Delhi, Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal and in private collections in South Africa, Korea, Germany, Spain and Sri Lanka.
At present he works as a freelance sculptor based in Delhi.
A diploma holder from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in Visual Communication and Animation Films, Rajiv Gautam has specialized in areas ranging from hands-on art direction for feature films (sets/props), animating full-length films, to empowerment of women through embroidery and ceramics. He had been actively involved in designing exhibitions with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, India Habitat Center in Delhi and with the Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai.
Together with Ranmal they have conceived of and made mobiles, wind chimes and installations as part of the theme pavilion for India’s first Organic Expo in 2002.
He is at present working on an animation film based on his own story as part of an arts project supported by the Ford Foundation.
Ranmal Singh Jhala
Other than practicing as a professional designer, Ranmal Singh Jhala has had a multi-faceted career - he is an artist, photographer, filmmaker, cartographer, writer, and environmentalist and is also a keen explorer into the field of creative educational alternatives.
Ranmal has trained in Visual communications at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and in addition has had training in Fine Arts from Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi.
His repertoire includes designing books, creating logos, curating exhibitions, art direction and food styling for food photography and cartography, to tree planting, conducting craft workshops, workshops for teachers/ parents and organizing camps for art and environmental education particularly for children.