Panorama-12: Bringing contemporary issues to forefront
The colours, shapes, and emotion have emerged from the very soul of the Capital and together they will converge at Open Palm Court Gallery, IHC, Lodhi Road this autumn. As a part of a group exhibition titled 'Panorama-12', over 20 artists will bring to the viewers a varying range of interpretation of ranging contemporary issues of social relevance from. The art show will be held from September 1 – 6.
Curated by Priyanka Banerjee, Panorama-12 -literally meaning an unbroken view of a subject, celebrates the talent of the fresh and the new, and makes a compelling case for contemporary art in the city. The exhibition delves into the contemporary issue of social relevance, such as feminism, the ethical treatment of animals, spiritual harmony, global warming and so on. Nature, for instance, is explored through a mutually symbiotic relationship of flora and fauna. Urbanization and industrialization have exploited the natural layers of our ecosystem, and its awareness becomes paramount to awaken our collective consciousness.
Dabbling in a diverse range of mediums, from watercolour, oil and pen and pencils to mixed media, the artists bring to their canvas emotions that reverberate with social significance.
Mridul Chakraborty depicts the joy of festivity through his portrayal of human figures. Nilay Sarkar reverberates the same mood and shows happiness through vibrant and soft colours used on his canvas. Tapan Das harps on his love for nature through his abstract art. Meghna emphasises on the adverse effects of global warming through her vivacious paintings. Urbanization has led to the destruction of forest thus shrinking the natural habitats of some of the species pushing them on the verge of extinction. This thought-provoking issue has been beautifully portrayed by Meghna.
Shalini Varshney's paintings portray spiritual harmony which is lost in our lives. Biswarajan Bhunia's paintings resonate the same feelings of Shalini'. The bright colours used, bold and graceful brush strokes make his paintings vivacious. Rama Sharma and Pooja Gujral have tried to bring colours and happiness into our stressful lives through their artworks. Rajeev Semwal has tried to bring the songs of nature woven neatly through his traditional artworks. Veteran artist Uma Bardhan deals with spirituality while the artworks of Archana Das are an impeccable blend of childlike innocence and adult wisdom.