In one of the first of its kinds, v11, an exhibition brought together 11 well-known artists under one roof. The exhibition was designed keeping in mind the most essential elements of human existence, focussing on issues of time and space and the complicated negotiations between human beings and their environments. V11 at the Lalit Kala Academy was about artists who got together, discussed the theme and made way for everyone to express ideas that are relevant to their lives and to todays world.
So what got the v11 together? It all started two years back when artist Seema Pandey applied to the gallery for a solo show but that did not materialise. ‘So much happened during those two years and I was not prepared to do a solo at this point in time. So I started talking to friends and my batchmates and this group was formed. One thing that is good about this group is that all these artists come from different schools of art yet share the same thought process and sensitivity towards their surroundings,’ said Pandey.
All the artists worked on themes and issued close to their heart and mind. While some artists chose to work on current political and social issues, others decided to stick with their own fantasy world. Through his sculpture, Somesh talked about violence against women. He tried to give voice to the agonised body of a woman so that it reached straight to the hearts, piercing the minds of our modern times.
Another artist, Biswajit Mandal, expressed his distress about the current situation in the society with the help of his photographic works ‘wo subah kabhi to aayegi’. Pandey called her works a series of self portraits and titled them ‘pages from my diary’ for her painting is like documenting her life in these pictures. Sajal Patra’s works dealt with the issues relevant in current situations in our society. Anil Sharma talked about his relationship with the city of Delhi — a city which is in tune with in nature, but at the same time enjoys the charm of a big-city life.
Anjali Khosa’s paintings were expressions of her subconscious mind with its powerful limitations and extraordinary freedom without any preconceived notions.
Giri Raj Singh too made a powerful statement about the condition of women in the society to which he belongs through his paintings. Krishan Karmeshwar worked on the existence of sound and sound waves and the unique cosmos they build.
Jyoti Singh called her works a travelogue of her calligraphic mind, something beyond the unseen world in the forgotten rainbows, the heaven and the earth. Sanjeev Thakeria’s works were a gradual exposition of the inner truth. Rajendra Prasad’s sculptures again were a depiction of women— be it his Fruit seller or an untitled beautiful carving of a woman in wood .
Overall, the exhibition turned out to be quite a success.