Tales of Two Cities

Art exhibition Tales of Two Cities opened curated by Kirti Parihar & Samira Sheth at The Project Café in Assagao on March, 1st. Don’t miss. Till April!

Six artists from two cities – busy, crowded Ahmedabad and the tiny metropolitan state of Goa  come together in this multi-threaded exhibition.

Says Samira Sheth, “The universal language of art threads these overt differences between these varied places and artists into a unifying common understanding of the human experience. The flow of people, the generation and regeneration of ideas and ways of expression lead to a constantly changing artistic landscape. Multiple creative possibilities unravel from a host of works that surprise and delight, provoke and disturb. These unique forms of expression are the stories we want to tell.”

Six artists from Ahmedabad and Goa tell their stories through diverse media – using watercolour, oil, colour pencil, thread and even newsprint.

Alpesh J Dave from Ahmedabad pays tribute to iconic artists, in thread images of Dali, Rene Magritte and Jackson Pollock. In another small format work he leaves threads hanging to hint at the constantly evolving and therefore unfinished state of an artist’s ideas.

Goan artist Liesl Cotta De Souza also uses thread to paint. Her subject is women as they work and play. Layered in colour, perspective and emotion, these are everyday stories of struggle and pleasure told through embroidery on textile.

Manish Modi from Ahmedabad takes a childhood spent with newsprint, his father had a newspaper agency and Manish even sold the occasional paper, to paint on the daily medium of newspaper.

Animals feature in Ahmedabad based Purvi Parmar’s colour pen and acrylic paintings. The young artist creates space for her ‘self’ in imagined worlds atop the bustling cityscape of Ahmedabad. She images sheep, a couple of slender deer and a peacock in full form as central figures in these fantastical universes created entirely by her.

Laila Vaziralli from Goa finds inspiration in nature too with a series of dreamy watercolours. Her women protagonists play with the rain and reclaim what is rightfully theirs (and ours too) – a free and healthy natural environment to just ‘be’ in?

As guardians and custodians of nature, humanity is in need of protection itself. Ideas of the sacred abound in Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal’s portraits of Gods and Goddesses of Goa in mixed media works on canvas. Strongly rooted in Goa, Sonia invokes the spirit of its deities for succor.

With their highly individualistic thought process, each artist presents a story worth heeding.  Says Samira Sheth, “Even though they seem such disparate stories one realizes that everything is indeed connected –– somehow all these visuals coalesce to bring very different tales from two very different places to life.”

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