Exhibition explores fragile physicality of paper with artists

Emami Art collaborates with multiple galleries to bring forth the works of the 10 artists working on waste paper including an exquisite series of cutouts by MF Husain. 

Presenting three remarkable exhibitions in unison, Emami Art hosts the works of 12 artists, including the a unique series of plywood cutouts by MF and a retrospective of Riten Mozumdar’s works at a five storyed space. 

Titled as ‘The Politics of Paper’ the event curated by Ushmita Sahu, on till March 30 features 10 contemporary artists namely Adip Dutta, Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Jagannath Panda, Jayashree Chakravarty, Mithu Sen, N.S. Harsha, Prasanta Sahu, T.V. Santosh.

Each engages with ‘paper’ in different ways — from medium and a means of practice to it being a mode of practice from their individual philosophical dispositions. 

Jayashree Chakravarty

Harsha’s installation that is central to the exhibition is made of waste paper packaging and became representative of the times and their practices, such as that of online shopping, waste and the filling of landfills.

The idea of paper being an important paraphernalia of an artist’s life was intriguing particularly when the pandemic is restoring its value of being an accessible medium, curator Sahu cast a light on paper’s political implications in contemporary India. According to Sahu, the fragile physicality of paper underscores the exhibition’s underlying cultural and socio-political aspects.

The fifth floor introduces people to Imprint: Riten Mozumdar that is a travelling exhibition being held in collaboration with Mumbai-based gallery, Chatterjee & Lal. 

Apart from this an Exhibition of MF Husain’s Cut-outs is presented by Ina Puri showcases his hand painted plywood cut out for the fist time Tangible in the physicality of their process of making, each cutout embodies a figure caught in motion in Husain’s story.

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