Shrine Empire is showing the works of 7 artistes at the ongoing India Art Fair 2015 at the NSIC Exhibitions grounds in the Capital. The gallery which promotes contemporary artistes will be showing the works of Anoli Perera, Fariba S Alam, Gautam Kansara, Priyanka Dasgupta, Puja Puri, Samanta Batra Mehta and Tayeba Begum Lipi.
Many of the works have been created for the India Art Fair, or will be shown in India for the first time. In the words of Shefali Somani and Anahita Taneja of Shrine Empire, “We represent contemporary artistes, who are inspired by the dynamics of the world around us. Their work touches upon the human condition, issues from the political to the social and individual; it questions our unique place in the world. The showcase at the India Art Fair has been specially curated to display some of the best emerging talent from the sub-continent, with work that asks you to ponder and question yourself and your place in the world.” Among the works being shown are Tayeba Begum Lipi’s, the Bangladesh artist, and co-founder of the Britto’s Art Trust. Her work, titled, Recalling-I, is an installation of a sewing machine, made entirely of razor blades. Second Skin by Sri Lankan artist, Anoli Perera is an installation as well as a photo performance.
Since its inception, Shrine Empire has consistently focused on encouraging a dialogic approach with artistes and curators in order to produce exhibitions and projects that critically engage with contemporary issues and concerns. Artistes and curators from South Asia as well as the diaspora have been involved with the gallery's activities. The mission of Shrine Empire is to promote artistes, curators and art-writers who are invested in re-defining the boundaries of contemporary art practice. For the past three years, the gallery has been engaged with the Art Scribes Award focussed on young art writers. The Gallery organizes for the winner to spend a month at a residency in South -East Asia.
The gallery currently represents the following artistes; Anoli Perera, Fariba S Alam, Gautam Kansara, Priyanka Dasgupta, Puja Puri, Samanta Batra Mehta and Suchitra Gahlot.