An arty buffet
The seventh edition of the festival St Moritz art Masters 2014 is up and this time it is hosted by Engadin. This annual arts and cultural festival will start from 22 August and is slated to end on 31 August. Works by Paresh Maity, Jayasri Burman and R Burman’s will be showcased at the Art Alive Gallery. Some of the other Indian artistes participating in the festival are Subhod Gupta, Ranbir Kaleka, Nalini Malani, Gigi Scaria and Pablo Bartholomew.
This year’s focus on India promises diverse artistic positions from the contemporary Indian art scene, which ranges from young to established artistes presenting a diverse range of art from site-specific interventions to Indian classical modernism. In addition, the festival stands out with special exhibition sites and the Walk of Arts. Sculptures and artistic works by the artistes will be displayed at the festival which are beyond the usual white cube.
The Indian contemporary artistes address current pressing questions of today by linking ritual, myth and everyday life in a unique manner. The vibrant field of contemporary Indian art reflects the Indian nation’s rapid change and contrasts, giving Indian artistes a unique voice within the international art scene.
This edition infuses the programme with the essence of cross cutting streams in the art and culture scene. A soulful portrayal of Indian megalopolis which includes Maity’s installation Mystic Abode, which is a monumental installation of 8000 brass bells, that signifies human desire and yearning for spiritual peace, a universal need in today’s time. Burman will represents with Dharitri (Goddess Earth), a sculpture representing in the best sense tradition, reinterpreted, re-invented and re-imagined for India of today.
Another major highlight of this year’s festival is a photography exhibition by a young Indian fashion photographer R Burman who has made a mark in a field of innovative photography. Having worked with leading photographers like Mark Seliger and Steven Klein, his works showcase an interesting play of objects with light and shadow. Taking from the basic realities of his surroundings, he simplifies his pictures and shoots ideas and situations, creating intriguing stories. The exhibition will showcase 18 photographs from his four ongoing series.