It is said that everything goes back to mitti, in the form of Panchtatva, the terracotta. According to Indian Mythology, Panchtatva represents the five elements from which life evolves. Hence the importance of Panch Tatva's as terracotta.
It is said that the terracotta art, with its long and continuous history of the preceding centuries, has imbibed such ideals which are based upon a thorough and explicit understanding of the human form. Clay craft is probably the earliest of man’s creations and marks his coming of age.
In the contest of the contemporary art world, where the languages have crossed all the boundaries with the medium of expression, it’s a need of time to breathe life into this forgotten medium of Terracotta.
Terracotta craft came via Persia, when Mongol Chengiz Khan had conquered China in AD 1212. Terracotta has been a way of expression since the early traces in history of Terracotta, female figurines which were uncovered by archaeologists in excavations of Mohenjo-daro (3000-1500 BC). Nearly five millennia later, India is still rich in her terracotta and pottery traditions, many of which have their roots in prehistory.
Curated by Rajan Shripad Fulari, the exhibition has works by 16 women artistes and one man. Participating artistes are - Rahul Modak, Anupam Sood, Arpana Caur, Durga Kainthola, Ela Mukherjee, Gogi Saroj Pal, Kanchan Chander, Kavita Nayar, Latika Kath, Manisha Gawade, Nupur Kundu, Pooja Iranna, Seema Kohli, Shivani Aggarwal, Shruti Gupta Chandra and Vinita Karim.
WHERE: Niv Art Centre, IGNOU Road
WHEN: 26 May to 7 July, 11 am to 7pm