A stroll through the six exhibition halls of the Amuseum Art Gallery of Modern Art (AGMA) leaves many questions and answers. Almost 100 works of art – paintings, installations, sculptures and photographs – by 28 young artists from all over the country are on display. Entitled “Where All the Sweat From?”, The show is curated by Niranjana Surendran.
A celebration of art in multiple forms using a wide range of media, the show, according to Niranjana, has “alternative narratives from different regions of the Indian union, heard / unheard stories from people of different castes, classes and gender backgrounds. “. While some ideas are difficult for the layman to understand, one cannot but stop to admire the artist’s creative process.
Rejani SR’s installation, lying on the floor, is a feminine form, with jute, coir, thread, shells, sand, salt, coconut shell and stick as elements. How the body decomposes after death was briefly captured by the artist. Sanjib Mondal examines class dynamics and social disparities, incorporating gold pigments and charcoal on paper. Vibin George has created an imposing and complex work of art, ‘Vaarpu Mathrukakal’, which, upon careful examination, highlights the artist’s genius in using mixed techniques.
Woodcut of Satyanarayana Gavara | Photo credit: SPECIAL AGREEMENT
Kanan Koteshwar weaves magic with silk threads on pine wood and river stones. Etching and wood prints are the strong point of Satyanarayana Gavara. Oil on canvas takes on a different dimension in Bansi Dholakiya’s works, while Savithri KC sprays watercolor on handmade cotton paper.
Oil on canvas by Bansi Dholakiya | Photo credit: SPECIAL AGREEMENT
Dakshayani Chippada’s works may seem simple in composition and use of hues. They are remarkable reflections on everyday life, especially on daily chores, captured brilliantly with ink and paper.
Mixed technique on canvas by Raju Baraiya | Photo credit: SPECIAL AGREEMENT
Raju Baraiya’s work, ‘Farmers’, captures people at work in the salt flats. Vivek Das’ installation, “Remnants of Hope” which uses “collected and created objects” is, perhaps, a representation of the inner turmoil the artist has gone through. He kept an autograph note to support the images. ‘Encountering’, Harsha Valsan’s striking sculpture in plaster of Paris, brick dust, stone and broom, is about all those women who refuse to give up.
‘Encounter’, a sculpture by Harsha Valsan | Photo credit: SPECIAL AGREEMENT
Ali Akbar’s photographs in archival print (“Thin Shores”) generate multiple interpretations of form and context. Journalist Daisy Katta presented photographs in her “Ramabai series”.
‘Equanimity’ by Debajyoti Das | Photo credit: SPECIAL AGREEMENT
This is the inaugural exhibition of AGMA, an initiative of Amuseum ArtScience a non-profit foundation formed by a group of artists, scientists, intellectuals and culture enthusiasts. Artist Ajit Kumar G, Amuseum’s trustee, says the city doesn’t have an exclusive space where people can come and experience art and AGMA wants to fill that gap.
Rejani SR installation | Photo credit: SPECIAL AGREEMENT
Ajit explains that Amuseum is a new age concept that blends art and science. “They have long been treated as separate entities. We tend to forget that they have one thing in common: creativity. Trust was formed two years ago, just before the pandemic. Since then we have been organizing events, many of them on online platforms “.
AGMA is located near Althara Junction, Vellayambalam. There is an application fee of ₹ 20.
In addition to the gallery, the AGMA also has a cafeteria and a library, open to people for small meetings, conferences and film screenings.
‘Where all the sweat from?’ is in progress at AGMA until July 31st. Hours: from 10:30 to 21:00. The gallery is closed on Mondays.