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The meeting of hearts and contemporary art

The meeting of hearts and contemporary art
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India International Centre organised an art exhibition  showcasing a variety of art forms, dance, music, theatre, films and cuisine for the art lovers around the world. The annual event started on 17 October and continued till 24 October. The IIC Experience this year had a wide international participation, including South Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, Kazakhstan and Brazil.

The opening day featured a joint Indian and Korean contemporary art exhibition titled Amma, Umma or ‘mother’ in Hindi and Korean. The two words are a metaphor for essence, basic, and beginning in Tamil and Korean. The exhibition put together works by Korean and Indian artistes. Commenting on the show, curator Sanjeev Bhargava said, ‘ The presentation covered works from 10 Indian and 10 Korean artists illustrating different perspectives on motherhood.’

The exhibition on contemporary art around the theme of mother included the works by artists from Korea - Shin Sun Mi, Lee Lee Nam, Lee Kwang Ho, Oh Su Fan, Ha Taeim, Lee Hosin, Hong Jiyoon, Lee Jesam, Byen Ungpil and Kang Kwan Wook. The works of Indian artists like Amitava Das, Dileep Sharma, Farhad Hussain, Gigi Scaria, Harsha Vardhana Swaminathan, Jin Sook Shinde, Sham Pahapalkar, Tanmoy Samanta, Vanita Gupta and Zakkir Hussain were also on display during the event.

There were two exhibitions from the Republic of South Korea – Amma, Umma—the Mother as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists from South Korea and India; and The Third Eye, an installation by Jin Joon Lee. A Group of 20 school students and vocational trainees from the Blind Relief Association participated in a workshop organised by the Korean Culture Centre. Jin Joon Lee, a well-known media artist working worldwide conducted the workshop to culminate in The Third Eye. Working together with 20 volunteers from India and Korea, the group of partially and totally blind students and vocational trainees from the Association created lotus lanterns given shape with Korean paper leaves, light and sound. The installation symbolised hope, consolation, harmony, dignity of human beings, and a question about light and shadow which is the third eye of human kind. Several live performances were organised during the event which consisted of an eclectic mix of jazz concerts, kuchipudi, samba, folk dances and classical music recitals. The event concluded with a food fesival focused on a region-specific cuisine.
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