Abstract Elements at Trivandrum

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The network of Alliances in India and Nepal does not limit itself to teaching French. It also fosters art and encourages artists by providing them a platform to display their works. Keeping in tune with this sentiment, Alliance Française de Trivandrum recently presented Elements – a group-exhibition showcasing 15 paintings by Deepa Ram, B Balagopalan, Ashok Kumar Gopalan, and Sadanandan EC. Organised in collaboration with Trivia Contemporary, the exhibition was curated by Sreekrishnan KP. It was inaugurated by the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Sajitha R. Shanker. A mohana veena perfomance by Poly Varghese was organised to commemorate the inauguration of the same. The works were on display from June 23 to June 30 at the AF Trivandrum Art Gallery.

One of the artworks on display

One of the artworks on display

The recurrent theme uniting the works was abstraction. For instance, the Melbourne-based artist Deepa’s colourful abstracts in acrylic were inspired by traditional Australian Aboriginal art dot paintings. She elucidated that the Aborigines abstracted their paintings to prevent their colonial masters from understanding the same. The two works of Sadanandan depicted scenes from the district of Wayanad in Kerela. Even a cursory glance revealed that the depictions of indigenous rice cultivation highlighted more complex issues – food crops being replaced by cash crops; the encroachment on forest lands by tourists and settlers; the systematic uprooting of tribals and the destruction of their way of life along with the changing climate of the region.The Delhi-based artist Balagopalan juxtaposed “ultra-real” figures against the serene backdrop of nature. Two of his works – namely ‘The Form has no End’ and ‘No One Writes Poetry’ – were on display. The one work on display by Nilambur-based Ashok Kumar explored the voyeuristic approach of society as indicated by distorted figures of people.

Two of the artworks on display

Two of the artworks on display

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...