Between time and space

ByProma Chakraborty

Dec 9, 2019

The ongoing exhibition ‘Silence. Space. Terrestrial’ focuses on ecological concerns via the point of view of three artists from a non-urban environment

‘Silence. Space. Terrestrial’ – exploring how these three intersect and interact with each other, an ongoing exhibition of the same name is a take on ecology of the society.

The works in the exhibition focuses on ecological concerns via the point of view of three artists from a non-urban environment. Bringing fresh voices, emerging artists Prathap Modi and Diptej Vernekar would be showcasing their works for the very first time in the city.

“The show looks at these individual works that are limited not just to the subjects depicted, but try to generate a dialogue that raises concerns about the relevance of humanity within physical cosmology. The exhibition also attempts to look at the phenomenological mode of cognisance grounded in a ‘being together in ‘space’ and ‘becoming’,” explains Bhavna Kakar, Director of Gallery Latitude 28.

For instance, the title of the show also refers to a key artwork in the show by Prathap Modi that fuses the elements of both the cosmic and terrestrial. “The representation of a male human and relatively oversized animal, his works open metaphors of a space of fathomless time and place with the sonic effect of cosmic silence,” reads the note of the show.

Modi’s works have a straight forward visual appeal reflecting, reacting, and conversing with contemporary social realities. This is well reflected in one of his works which shows a man in police uniform, with a divine halo, representing the iconography of the multi-limbed Hindu god, standing on weapons spread on the floor.

On the other hand, artist Diptej Vernekar’s charcoal drawings explore the land, its objects and the silent surroundings that are constantly in flux.

“While his works attempts to look at how the fleeting moments in the time and space becomes a part of one’s identity, they also look at the process of passing down these as memories that are open to filtering out, adding on, imagination and/or reinterpretation of details. His works, thereby, brings together fragments of all these, disconnected verses, and stitches them together in an attempt to create visual poems,” reads the note.

On a closer note, artist Rushabh Vishwakarma’s practice stems from his intimate experience of spoken language, customs, and objects, and their co-relation with the land. The bent, purposefully re-formed tools are forceful and gritty in their attempt to disclose the effectiveness of a physical and psychological collapse of home. His lightbox panel looks at the role of language with the nature-nurture relationship within the context of home-land.

The exhibition is on display at Gallery Latitude 28 till December 31