Artist Duo Yadvendra Singh and Saggar Mehra sends out quite a headstrong message through their artworks. ‘We are not preachers and we do not intend to send out a ‘message’. Our works are interpretative and every interpretation hold equal importance to us,’ they say.
Their exhibition is titled Musikal Chairs. ‘We spelt it with a K intentionally. It reflects our non-conformist approach to life and things in general,’ they say.
The show draws from the game of musical chairs one plays as a child, where the game is innocent and fun. They have drawn from their childhood memories of the game and transformed it into a commentary on socio-polital issues that they feel are relevant.
The artworks depict the unfairness and potholes in the system, which rises in youth revolting — angsty and raw. It is a comment on the failure of democracy worldwide, while mocking the consumerist, capitalist societies.
‘Musikal Chairs is an interplay and playfulness between elements. We found a powerful symbolism of powerplay that exists between different ages, in the game of musical chairs. It also reflects a sort of process of negotiations between different people,’ said Singh.
The show boasts of their experiments and a merger with elements of fashion, such as scissors, buttons stitched on canvas, weaves, bar code, and design patterns, and fine arts tradition [painting, sculpture, art installations].
‘Absorb. Think. Question is the motto. Our works draw from a lot of different movements like pop art and kitsch, where we found cues, processes and modes for critiquing and questioning the power to name, create and fixate finely defined categories, which function in the world as absolute truths. Our exploration is towards the creation of a visual language which can demystify, de and re contextualise — where the completion of a work, actively demands the participation of the viewer, generating multiple chains of memory,’ said Mehra.
Both Yadvendra and Saggar define the reciprocation purpose of their exhibition. ‘It is interactive and seeks participation from the viewers. This series is young and vibrant but also challenging and addressing major issues which plague the contemporary world right now,’ they say.
At: Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
On Till: 27 September
Timings: 10 am to 8 pm