- The Margin

(RE)VISITING THE URBAN

Venue: Bikaner House, Pandara Road
Date: 09-10-2018 to 18-10-2018
Time: 10:30 am to 6:30 pm

Anant Art presents

(RE)VISITING THE URBAN

“To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the centre of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world - impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define. The spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito.”

- Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays

An artist has forever been understood as a chronicler, an observer, and a connoisseur of life and times. The artist is deftly able to arrest the subtleties of our everyday existence, matters unseen, veiled by the bustling flow of our mundane life. In many ways the idea of an artist can be compared to the concept of Flneur. A concept that Charles Baudelaire phrased which later became pivotal in understanding the phenomenon of modernity and urbanism. The flneur - a passionate wanderer characteristic of nineteenth-century French literary culture - comes across not only as an emblem of the modern artist-poet, an enlightened bystander and investigator of the city but also a signifier of the alienation associated with capitalism and urban living.

The artists participating in this exhibition engage in a similar fashion with the rhetorics of the city. Their works come across as excerpts from their diaries, brimming with intimate observations and investigation of the cities they have dwelled in or visited. All four artists share the histories of migration to urban capitals where they end up questioning the temporality of their own identities. While some works postulate socio-political interpretations, others are candid narratives of their personal struggles adjusting to the everyday absurdities and anxieties which characterize contemporary societies. By bridging the seen with the unseen aspects of our cities, their works help us reunderstand, refamiliarize and, in a way, revisit our urban habitation.

Artists:

Birender Yadav | Digbijayee Khatua | Ravi Kumar Chunchula | Sajeev Visweswaran


Preview : Tuesday, 9th October 2018
6:00 - 8:30 pm

On view Until 18th October 2018
10:30 - 6:30pm (all days)

Bikaner House, Pandara Road, New Delhi

Exhibition Artwork

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