Mithu Sen|Cannibal Lullaby

Elisabetta Marabotto of Saffronart invites you to visit “Cannibal Lullaby” @ Galerie Nathalie Obadia before it is too late!

London: Cannibal Lullaby at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Brussels is soon coming to an end. The exhibition, part of Europalia.India, is Mithu Sen‘s first solo exhibition in Belgium.

Amulets and objects of superstition inhabit Sen’s works linked together by hordes of haemoglobin intertwined with leaves. Death and sensuality are two of the leading themes in the artist’s work. In the artist’s world skulls kiss and skeletons unites through a joyous macabre dance!

However, despite some recurring dark themes, Sen’s work conveys a joyful atmosphere, like a burlesque carnival,  where even skeletons are able to love.

Below you can enjoy few images from the show which is closing on Friday.

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Nalini Malani: Beyond Print- Memory, Transference, Montage

Ambika Rajgopal of Saffronart shares a note on Nalini Malani’s upcoming exhibition in Belgium

London: The Belgian museum Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée will host the first ever exhibition of the Indian artist Nalini Malani in the country as part of Europalia. It is the first time that an exhibition links the artist’s installation work to her printed work.

Memory, 2009, Nalini Malani. Image Credit: http://www.artslant.com/ny/works/show/217399

Memory, 2009, Nalini Malani. Image Credit: http://www.artslant.com/ny/works/show/217399

Malani’s oeuvre has long since explored the aftermath that the India- Pakistan partition has had on individual sensibilities. Herself, a refugee of the partition, through her work Malani denounces the rampant violence against women, which proliferated during the partition time. Though her characters are often derived from myths, the language she incorporates and the stories she tells are contemporary.

The Duck, 2002, Nalini Malani, Lot 23, Saffronart Autumn Art Auction. Image Credit: http://www.saffronart.com/auctions/DurWork.aspx?l=9015

The Duck, 2002, Nalini Malani, Lot 23, Saffronart Autumn Art Auction. Image Credit: http://www.saffronart.com/auctions/DurWork.aspx?l=9015

The mythical characters of Cassandra, Medea, Sita and Alice play a recurrent role in Malani’s work. She borrows the Greek tragic character of Medea and contemporizes it so as to infuse her own personal history into it. Through the character of Medea, she links the exploitation of women to the history of colonialism, where in Medea represents the colonized and her husband Jason represents the colonizer.

Cassandra 30 panel polyptych, 2009, Nalini Malani. Image Credit: http://www.artslant.com/ny/works/show/361985

Cassandra 30 panel polyptych, 2009, Nalini Malani. Image Credit: http://www.artslant.com/ny/works/show/361985

In a similar manner, Malani also manages to retell the tragedy of Cassandra- who was cursed by Apollo and lost her power of persuasion despite being able to prophesize accurately. Cassandra stands as a metaphor for the stifling of the female voice by male dominated society. This myth is at the core of many of the works featured at the exhibition.

In Search of Vanished Blood, 2012, Nalini Malani. Image Credit: http://www.stylepark.com/en/news/observations-in-space-and-time/334166

In Search of Vanished Blood, 2012, Nalini Malani. Image Credit: http://www.stylepark.com/en/news/observations-in-space-and-time/334166

The work ‘In Search of Vanished Blood’, first created for the Documenta at Kassel in 2012, has five painted, rotating Mylar cylinders, which project shadows on the wall. These cylinders are superimposed with projections from six video sources. The poem translated by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, which gives the work its title, can be heard recited by the artist in the background and imparts the work an imposing acoustic dimension. This work seeks to examine the social structure of the women in India, through the metaphor of different female characters from myths.

Despoiled Shore, 2005, Nalini Malani. Lot number 24. Saffronart Autumn Art Auction. Image Credit: http://www.saffronart.com/auctions/DurWork.aspx?l=9016

Despoiled Shore, 2005, Nalini Malani. Lot number 24. Saffronart Autumn Art Auction. Image Credit: http://www.saffronart.com/auctions/DurWork.aspx?l=9016

Even though she explores traditional morality plays, her work gravitates towards using an excessively new media, which imparts her work with a modern voice. Her work spills out of the pictorial surface so as to cover surrounding space by the inclusion of walls drawings, installations, shadow play, multi projection work and theatre.

Two of Malani’s works are being auctioned in Saffronart Autumn Art Auction on September 24 & 25 2013.

The exhibition commences on September 28th 2013 and carries on till January 5th 2014. For more information visit the website.

EUROPALIA!

Kanika Pruthi of Saffronart talks about the upcoming European international art festival that will celebrate the cultural heritage and contemporary arts of India

Europalia.India banner

New York: Europalia is a major international arts festival held every two years in Europe. It aims to celebrate the cultural heritage of a selected country through different kinds of programs that are hosted all over Europe. Its name is a combination of two words: “Europe” and “Opalia,” an ancient Roman harvest festival held in mid-December in honour of Ops, earth-goddess and fertility deity. Her name lies at the root of the Latin word “Opus”, that denotes a work of art.

Since its debut in 1969, Europalia has organized around twenty three festivals. The festival runs from October to February and boasts of a diverse program that includes music, dance, theater, art, literature, photography and cinema. The venues are spread all across Brussels, other Belgian cities and neighboring countries. Through this unique initiative, Europalia hopes to provide the guest country an opportunity to present their cultural heritage and contemporary art practices to the rest of the world, which in turn would promote better understanding between countries and further cultural exchange between global citizens from around the world.

2013 is India’s year! Each festival enjoys the patronage of the King of Belgium and the guest country’s Head of State.

The Europalia festival strives to include every cultural aspect of the guest country, from past national treasures to contemporary works, from the arts, science and fashion to design, folklore and even gastronomy. This all-inclusive approach makes Europalia a vibrant festival pulsating with life. Working closely with the guest country enables the festival to showcase outstanding works and experiences that have not be accessible to a larger global audience.

The spirit of the festival encourages and fosters partnerships and collaboration between artists and performers. During each festival, Europalia invites celebrated artists to create a project that throws new light on a creative discipline other than their own, bringing an element of surprise and new creativity to the fore. It presents a heady mix of the past, present and the future- with many artists, who have met via this platform, collaborating on future ventures.

Select highlights from the upcoming festival

NALINI MALANI: BEYOND PRINT, HISTORY, TRANSFERENCE, MONTAGE
A self-curated debut exhibition of the Indian artist in Belgium, this show has a lot to offer. Consisting of a selection of her works, from her first artist books to big digital prints and video projections, to unseen works which are part of the collection of the Centre de la Gravure, including a collaborative project with students.

Nalini Malani - Listening to the Shades2 - 2008 © Nalini Malani-courtesy Burger Collection – Zurich. Image Credit: http://www.europalia.eu/en/article/nalini-malani_136.html

Nalini Malani – Listening to the Shades2 – 2008 © Nalini Malani-courtesy Burger Collection – Zurich. Image Credit: http://www.europalia.eu/en/article/nalini-malani_136.html

THE BODY IN INDIAN ART
Curated by Naman Ahuja, the exhibition brings together 250 masterpieces from approximately 50 of India’s museums, archaeological institutes, and private collections, in an exploration of the complex and multifaceted understandings of the ‘Body’ in Indian art. This exhibition reveals the body not only as the subject of art, but also as the medium used to convey the values, preoccupations and aspirations of the times.

Apsara, Hoysala Karanataka, 12-13th c, National Museum New Delhi. Image Credit: http://www.europalia.eu/en/article/the-body-in-indian-art_89.html

Apsara, Hoysala Karanataka, 12-13th c, National Museum New Delhi.
Image Credit: http://www.europalia.eu/en/article/the-body-in-indian-art_89.html

SUSHEELA RAMAN AT VALENCIENNES, FRANCE
The British Indian artist known for her sensual voice mixed with rhythms and melodies that she carefully blends has earned critical acclaim and an international following. A trained carnatic vocalist, her mesmeric voice and style of singing which blends different musical traditions while maintaining a quintessential Indian soul, sets her apart from her contemporaries.

Image Credit: http://www.europalia.eu/en/article/susheela-raman-_110.html

Image Credit: http://www.europalia.eu/en/article/susheela-raman-_110.html

CHARISHNU BY LEELA SAMSON
One of India’s leading dancers, Samson brings together in this brilliant and rare production, several pre-eminent dancer and choreographers and their troupes to showcase the richness of India’s dances and martial and percussion arts. Charishnu, literally ‘the desire to move’, will in a single presentation showcase different dance styles, each in dialogue with the other, culminating in a spectacular finale.

Image Credit: http://www.europalia.eu/en/article/charishnu_93.htm

Image Credit: http://www.europalia.eu/en/article/charishnu_93.htm

For additional information about the festival click here.

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