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Of the fury within

Of the fury within
Instead, the 36-year-old visual artist has chosen to turn his gaze inwards to create a body of highly introspective and satirical works that question a farmer’s diminishing importance in contemporary society. Rathore’s first solo show in Delhi — titled Impotent Rage – is an exhibition of mixed media installations, and will be showcased at Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, in the Capital from March 21 to April 20.

Says Rathore, who did his BFA in Applied Arts from Baroda University before studying Animation Film Design from NID, “I grew up in an atmosphere dominated by upper caste politics and witnessed the deterioration of rural social structure, primarily a result of the failure in implementing land reforms post liberalization. Also, many other influences made me aware of the forces and issues at stake within contemporary societies traversed by complex evolutions.”

“This show is a culmination, in a way, of all those experiences. It is a not a single-themed show. It delves into the hidden angst in rural India, which is invisible, even impotent. It also is about the unabashed celebration of masculinity as seen through power structures and their violent patterns. It’s about commercialization and its impact,” says Rathore, now based in Paris. “It’s a debate between what is civil and uncivil. It’s textural…it’s about the ‘earth’ we inhabit and how we consider ‘poor farmers’ to be uncivilized though they are the ones who are reason of the land’s fertility,” he says.

“With the rise in packaged food, we have lost the sensation of touching, smelling and ‘feeling’ what we eat. Packaging has rendered our diversity meaningless,” adds the artiste talking about some of the subjects of his work.

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