AF Delhi Explores a Universe of Interconnected Experiences

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The network of Alliances Françaises in India and Nepal is committed to promoting the works of both amateur and seasoned artists. It is in this capacity that the gallery at Alliance Française de Delhi had the distinct pleasure of hosting the exhibition “A Universe of Interconnected Experiences” by the noted contemporary artist Saba Hasan. The exhibition was inaugurated on October 28 by the Director of AF Delhi, Jean-François Ramon, and remained open to the general public till November 8. A catalogue designed by Parthiv Shah with an essay by Suneet Chopra accompanied the artwork.

A collograph by Saba Hasan

A collograph by Saba Hasan

As an artist, Saba has an eclectic repertoire consisting of installations, paintings, photographs, voice works, and videos. She is a keen observer of cultural factors and captures the complexity of her world with a poetic and expressionist lens. Layered with undertones, her work reveals the forces of time, nature, and personal histories in a nuanced voice. Saba‘s creations are often described as idiosyncratic and powerful and she is particularly known for her masterful draftsmanship, astute composition and skillful use of organic materials.

Book Fossil by Saba Hasan

‘Book Fossil’ by Saba Hasan

A veteran of  the art circuit, Saba received an art residency award by the Institut Français in 2006 to work in Paris. She has also been a recipient of fellowships from Syracuse University, New York; the George Keyt Art Foundation, Colombo 2002; the Oscar Kokoschka Academy, Salzburg 2010 and the Raza National Award for painting 2005. Her painting “Song of a Departing Day” was exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2013 as part of the Imago Mundi Collection. Her performance video “Saba Hasan Reads Her Poems” was screened at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2015 and her acclaimed video La Vérité/Haqeeqat/The Truth project was a finalist for the Celeste Prize 2014.

A charcoal drawing by Saba Hasan

A charcoal drawing by Saba Hasan

For “A Universe of Interconnected Experiences”, Saba presented a selection encompassing short videos, drawings, book installations, and photographs. The videos and photographs were culled from her acclaimed Bandagi Shah Itinerant Project – a chronicle of her ceaseless travelling in keeping with her family tradition of itinerant Sufism. The large charcoal drawings in the collection serve as metaphysical glimpses of encounters between the human spirit and the natural world. The works were created by the artist in Srinagar, New York, Delhi, Chicago and Goa.

A short clip on the exhibition sourced from Saba Hasan’s YouTube Channel can be found below:

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 ...