Sunday, July 29, 2012

‘2012: A Further Global Encounter’

London-based Grosvenor Vadehra’s presents ‘2012: A Further Global Encounter’, a group show that includes the best of Contemporary art from India.

The exhibition coincides with the Olympic Games being hosted in London. The sporting extravaganza will be the centre of attention and will showcase the best athletes the world has to offer in one of the world’s most high spirited cities. During this exciting and happening time, the gallery has selected thirteen leading Indian artists to represent India in London. 

This international sporting extravaganza is more about the spirit of mutual understanding and brotherhood less about competitiveness. Engaging with these sporting and spirited notions, the artists are exhibiting works in which they endeavor to address the specific moment in which all these nations across the world come together so as to endorse ideals of team work and sportsmanship.

The 2012 Olympics is opening up the city of London to a vast resource for immense creative potential by talented artists in all disciplines. By utilizing this great moment as a blank canvas space, Grosvenor Vadehra aims to thread together creative experiments and artistic knowledge; transcending the environs and realms of our daily urban life. Changed boundaries along with fresh perceptions of how contemporary people live and survive around the world are invariably the foundations of global encounters, apparently the pinnacle of which are the Olympics Games this year.

A press release elaborates: “The exhibit explores contemporary issues and ideas not only local and specific to India, but those that look to deal with aspects of the global panorama. We’re expecting a large Indian audience visiting London to watch the Games and view the best of Indian Art at the same time. The selection process has not been anywhere near as competitive or rigorous as for the Games.  However, each participating artist exhibiting has been chosen for their personal contribution not only to the local art scene but also to defining the perception of Indian Art overseas.”

Most of the participating artists have been exhibiting internationally and the UK as well, at the various shows at the Serpentine, Hayward and Initial Access. The artists participating in the exhibition include Prajakta Palav Aher, Aditya Pande, Jagannath Panda, Pranati Panda, Zakkir Hussain, Shibu Natesan, Sunoj D, Shilpa Gupta, TV Santosh, Gigi Scaria, Hema Upadhyay, Atul Dodiya, and Anju Dodiya.

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