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Of fun and fantasy

Of fun and fantasy
Bangalore based artist, Nilofer Suleman is in Love with India and with each of her exhibition it grows. She started her journey fifteen years back as a cartographer and miniature artist, collecting and recreating columbus-esque old maps, creating rivers and mountains in delicate ink spelt detail.
Her next solo show titled, Jantar Mantar is all set open in the Capital.

In her latest compositions, references are made to popular pictures of Hindu deities, to film posters and shop signs. These are decorated with detail, peopled with famous idols of religion or just the popular culture gully of Delhi.

Suleman is known for her ability to depict a certain vision of India, one that elicits humor and a sense of nostalgia. It’s an invitation to accept the illusion, to engage with it and follow where it leads, is a psychic leap, one that subtly alters our way of perspective for our beloved city, ‘Delhi’.

Her use of colour is generous, an onslaught of competing tones. The paintings are difficult to see all at once. They require repeated viewing, a return in search of nuance.  It’s when the paintings get activated, and its rich narrative becomes apparent.

The images within her images move beyond their delineations, carrying their own weight and irony, drawing notice to the representational nature of the works while playing with its limitations. Are these pictures within the paintings merely objects, or do they become characters in their own right? We leave you with these questions. To find out the answers pay your visit there!

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