ART AND MINDFULNESS:EXPRESSION OF THE TRANSCENDENTAL UNITY IN MAN by having a discourse with the Universe

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“Be reverent before the dawning day. Do not think of what will be in a year, or in ten years. Think of to-day.”
― Romain Rolland, Jean Christophe. Vol 1

“We are the music-makers

We are the dreamers of dreams”.

“The individual man must exist for Man the great, and must express him in disinterested works, in science and philosophy, in literature and arts, in service and worship”. (Rabindranath Tagore)

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Divine Mother and Sri Aurobindo

“But if Art is to reach towards the highest, the Indian tendency must dominate. The spirit is that in which all the rest of the human being reposes, towards which it returns and the final self-revelation of which is the goal of humanity. Man becomes God, and all human activity reaches its highest and noblest when it succeeds in bringing body, heart and mind into touch with spirit. Art can express eternal truth, it is not limited to the expression of form and appearance. So wonderfully has God made the world that a man using a simple combination of lines, an unpretentious harmony of colours, can raise this apparently insignificant medium to suggest absolute and profound truths with a perfection which language labours with difficulty to reach. What Nature is, what God is, what man is can be triumphantly revealed in stone or on canvas.

Behind a few figures, a few trees and rocks the supreme Intelligence, the supreme Imagination, the supreme Energy lurks, acts, feels, is, and, if the artist has the spiritual vision, he can see it and suggest perfectly the great mysterious Life in its manifestations brooding in action, active in thought, energetic in stillness, creative in repose, full of a mastering intention in that which appears blind and unconscious. The great truths of religion, science, metaphysics, life, development, become concrete, emotional, universally intelligible and convincing in the hands of the master of plastic art, and the soul of man, in the stage when it is rising from emotion to intellect, looks, receives the suggestion and is uplifted towards a higher development, a diviner knowledge.”

– Sri Aurobindo, The National Value of Art, 1909

ART IS AN ORGANIC EXPRESSION OF THE TRANSCENDENTAL PERSONALITY OF MAN; IT MIRRORS HIS SOUL THAT EXTENDS TO BECOME THE UNIVERSE AND THE UNIVERSE IS HIM IN ALL ITS LUMINOSITY. THEREFORE, HIGHEST ART IS A SYNERGY BETWEEN MAN AND THE UNIVERSE THAT IS MANIFESTED AS AN EXPERIENCE OF AWARENESS. THE PRIMAL MIND ALONE GIVES BIRTH TO ART, ITS THE STORY OF THE UNIVERSE, ITS THE VIBRATION OF THE COLOURS OF COMPASSION, OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP,OF STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE WHICH FINALLY CONSUMMATES IN THE BLISSFUL STATE OF ‘ANANDA’ – THIS IS PERHAPS THE INDIA STORY – THE STORY OF MANY LIVES TRANSMUTING INTO ONE, FOREVER AND FOREVER….

PRESS RELEASE
Exhibition Dates: 20th October – 23rd October 2016
Timings: 11am – 9pm
Venue: Swabhumi The Heritage, Kolkata
INDIA STORY ART EXHIBITION PRESENTED BY LATITUDE 28 Gallery, New Delhi
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Niyeti Chadha, Untitled, 3.5 x 6 inches, Isograph pen and water colour on paper 2015

In the context of South Asia, with histories of colonialism, ethnic divisions, communal tensions,marginalization, border disputes, living indigenous traditions whose needs and demands contest impositions of political power, urbanization, language politics, and centuries of conquests and border fluidity, maps have been imposed upon maps. Such projects are often ‘carto-histories’ or ‘carto- biographies’ written by agents of power. The irony remains that despite attempts at ‘harmonious’assimilation of parts into a whole, maps are instrumental only when inferred in parts. Lived experience of these inscribed spaces present an entirely different vocabulary of social relations, cultural differences

and particularities, unfamiliar landscapes, and even quotidian symptoms of political and diplomatic relations.
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Waseem Ahmed, untitled, Pigment colour, Silver leaf on archival Vasli Paper 2015

Waseem Ahmed’s delicate use of the miniature style, explores the politically charged terrain of issues and identity. The works visit myths and anecdotes to critique the current, often media generated, caricaturing of the Islamic identity.

Thisath Thoradeniya, who is based in Sri Lanka, picks up the figure of the joker, who occupies the margins of society and has no ostensible relevance except as an entertainer. Yet his comical acts mirror his context and becomes a narrative of testimony. The joker becomes an appropriate channel for the artist to articulate the anxieties stemming from his own personal experiences. Niyeti Chadha is preoccupied by the transient topographies of urban spaces – ever climbing skylines, buildings under construction and the whir that entwines them. Her abstract works enmesh these various geographies, often hyperbolically, giving primacy to the experience of these landscapes and necessarily
escape fidelity to actual architectural spaces in urban India.
The Gond artist Bhajju Shyam invokes the folklore of his village in Madhya Pradesh in his art, creating a contemporary idiom infused with traditional style and content. As a storyteller, his works capture rural and marginalized histories in a form that is disappearing from mainstream, globalized art contexts.
These works which will be exhibited as part of The India Story (TIS), capture narratives that are alternative to media and political narratives, overturning imposed collective identities within South Asia.

About Latitude 28
Through curated shows, careful strategizing and discovering emerging artists with exciting practices, Latitude 28 over the years has become synonymous with cutting edge art coming out of the country, seeking out fresh perspectives in its attempt to stimulate commercial interest in new waves of art- making. The establishment aims to cultivate a space where collectors and art enthusiasts can interact with younger artists and their practices.It provides a horizontal environment where younger artists are
able to contextualise their work alongside the masters of Indian art, experiment with medium, material and institutional critique. We have supported Kartik Sood, Anindita Dutta, and Shweta Bhattad in their innovative practices, exhibiting them alongside veterans such as Anupam Sud and Baiju Parthan. The gallery collection consequently includes cutting edge contemporary alongside modern masters.
Latitude 28 has been imagined as an incubation space, generating ideas through curatorial projects, site-
specific artworks, artist talks and curated walks. Exhibitions such as ‘In You Is The Illusion Of Each Day’
(curated by Maya Kovskaya, 2011), ‘Slipping Through The Cracks’ (curated by Meera Menezes, 2012),
‘Crossing Over’ (curated by Ambareen Karamat, 2013) and ‘Sacred/Scared’ (curated by Nancy Adajania,
2014) tried to initiate renewed readings of artworks within art historical/socio-political contexts.
Latitude 28 frequently travels to International art fairs, and supports our artists’ presence at biennales
around the world. The gallery has been part of Art Gwangju (2012), Art HK (2013) [solo booth project by
Prajakta Palav], Dhaka Art Summit (2014), and most recently Art Dubai (2015) [solo booth project by
Dilip Chobisa]. Latitude 28 is also committed to generating discourse on contemporary art through
projects that are not-for-profit, interact with the public sphere, and commission research articles and
critical writing from critics, curators and researchers. We also partner with similar initiatives, facilitating
several special projects at the India Art Fair over the years.
This investment in the discursive prompted Latitude 28 to organize TAKE on Writing | Critic-Community:
Contemporary Art Writing in India with TAKE on art (its sister publication), an intensive destination workshop in Goa to cultivate dialogue among peers on art criticism. Most recently, the gallery supported

 

 

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