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Meeting the eye of beholder

Meeting the eye of beholder
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Focusing on portraiture as an art form and its transformation over time, The Portret Project, have organised their second exhibition titled Dialogues with the Self that showcases works of a large number of artists from all genres under one roof.

The participating artists are Ramachandran N, Anamika V, Prasannakumar N, Avijit Mukherjee, Naveen Kumar, Aishwaryan K, Venugopal Reddy, Manush John, Sahaya Sharma, Pallav Chander, Kiran Thulsi, Umashankar Venkatapathy and Surekha.

The perception of the psychological space has intrigued artistes from the beginning of time and each has found a particular way to deal with it. This has often taken the form of the psychological image of the sometimes non-objective reality of the sitter and his or her personality. 

It is about artists perceiving a particular state and articulating it through the medium of their choice.  Ideally, in works of this nature, the artist invites the viewer into the space of the work in which he or she plays the role of an intellectual and visual guide leading the viewer through the complexity of artistic creativity and the perceptions of the self.  This is an exploration of the mental specifics of how the creative process deals with the notion of portraiture in general and the psychological portrait in particular.

These explorations can take the form of narrative fantasies, illusions, aspects of the ‘other’, or even perceptions of specific attributes.  There is an immense sense of mystery which the artists in the show will explore in modes ranging from the poetic to the dark.  Every artist and every sitter carries with them a certain amount of preconceived notions and prejudices.  These psychological portraits will, hopefully, provoke anexchange of dialogue by articulating these visualized ideas.

The aim of this exhibition is to express psychological biographies through creative imagery.  This can be done by encrypting information about the sitter, sometimes intentionally and sometimes unconsciously creating works, which are, layered explorations of the self. Founder of The Portret Project, Sakhshi Mahajan said, ‘The theme of the show and the artists’ works bring to my mind the concept of the ‘Dialogical Self’ developed by the Dutch Psychologist, Hubert Hermans. His theory looks at the self as a society and the mind to imagine different opinions of participants in an internal dialogue, hence being multivoiced and dialogical. I believe that the show will highlight notions of this enthralling perception of the psychologist.’

When: 30 October – 2 November Where: Bakheda in Saidulajab
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