HYDERABAD: The works by more than 21 artists from India and China have been brought together for the show titled, Tradition and Transition at the Kalakriti art gallery.
Bridging the geographical, cultural and social differences between the two groups of people, it amalgamates the works of artists from India and China. It celebrates the true essence of art and expression which prevails unanimously and cannot be restricted within confines of any kind. Both countries have strong traditional roots in art and culture and artists from both sides have gradually experienced the transition and oneness with contemporary art.
The curators of the show Avijit Dutta and George Martin explain further.
“The initial idea was to explore the commonalities between Chinese and Indian culture. And the best possible way was to invite Chinese artists to share a common space with Indian artists. As young Indians we have always nurtured the urge to have a conversation with our friends in China. But language was a barrier, till we realised that visual language is the best available option to communicate.”
The handling of water colours requires a lot of precision and practice. The medium does not leave much room for correction and changes as the medium is very sensitive and threatens the artist to lose its transparency and spirit very easily.
But the works of these artists were well planned and executed. Chinese artist Ji Ping explores the many shades and subtle grace of women. While in some creations she works on portraits, the other works contain full figures as well. In one of the works, a woman succumbs to the vicinities of space and floats in weightless vacuum.
Sujith S. N explores the ingrained elements of social approval and defined paths that human beings follow in life. A set of people closely fitted on a platform walk in one direction. The crowd, on a closer look reinstate the essence of claustrophobic compression. But as one looks at them from a distance the surrounding space suddenly takes over and makes them look negligible and tiny.
The show promises a peek into the culture, social aspects and other intricate patterns from both the countries. The visuals definitely erase the language barrier and instantly bind all the artists into a one relation. A viewer can get amazed not only by the distinct features in the works by all the artists, but can also rejoice in the similarities of technique and concept that these works, from both the countries share.
The present show will go on at Kalakriti art gallery till August 24.