The 2019 edition of the India Art Fair is on view through February 3, 2019, in New
Tribal Art Forms, collaboration between two contemporary galleries Blueprint 12
and Exhibit 320, which promotes folk and tribal art forms, is showing North East
art at the India Art Fair.
According to the press release, titled “EASTERN I/EYE,” the exhibition showcases
sculptures by Lanu Pongen from Nagaland and Siva Prasad Marar from Assam;
photography on Konyak tribe by Anu Malhotra, and textile arts of the region by
Ajungla Imchen in her “Embroidered Dialogue” series. The first of its kind, where
the focus is not on the ethnographic aspect of Northeast India, but on the arts of
the region, the show throws light on the plethora of sculptural traditions.
Also on display are the textile arts of the region, both traditional mores as well as
contemporary interpretations by Ajungla Imchen in her “Embroidered Dialogue”
series. These textiles are a beautiful blend of Naga imagery in Kantha embroidery
from West Bengal. Adding to the visual element are some remarkable portraits of
the Konyak tribes by Anu Malhotra, the renowned filmmaker and artist.
Siva Prasad Marar is a young painter and sculptor in the Contemporary art world
of Assam. Marar belongs to the impoverished tea tribes of Assam, who work on
the tea estates. Originally from a different part of India, the tea tribes brought
their own culture with them which has been assimilated with that of Assam.
Therefore, although Siva Marar’s family has been in Assam for three generations,
he is not an indigenous Assamese and his works speaks of a search for cultural
and political identity. Many of his paintings and sculptures (metal, resin, and
wood) are based on the tea plant and there is a very strong feminine component
in his work.
A multi-faceted personality, documentary filmmaker, writer, photographer and
artist-Anu Malhotra has developed a distinctive technique of painting. She pours
colors on to canvas, tilting it at diverse angles to allow the hues to collide, merge
and flow, thus forming shapes and patterns, creating contexts that can be
interpreted in a myriad ways. “The artist’s inspiration is drawn from the natural
world and her travels in India. Her style is spontaneous and instinctive. She does
not work from pre-conceived thumbnails or sketches, but allows each creation to
flow through intuitively, creating abstract designs and styles. Each work is
therefore unique and cannot be replicated,” states the release.
Ajungla Imchen has exhibited some of her works in Maison Du Governeur in
France and the India International Centre (ICC) in Delhi.
Lanu Pongen has produced at least a thousand artworks, some of which are part
of collection in museums across the world including the Museum of Archaeology
and Anthropology, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
The fair is on view through February 3, 2019, at NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla,
For details visit: http://indiaartfair.in/
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the fair.