Negotiating Matter/s



A Balasubramaniam, Arun Kumar HG, Ashim Purkayastha, Jagannath Panda, Jaidev Thakore, Jyotee, Kanchan Chander, Manisha Parekh, Mona Rai, Pooja Iranna, Shalina Vichitra, Shobha Broota, Shukla Sawant, Subba Ghosh, Valsan Koorma Kolleri

Anant Art Gallery, 2005

Catalogue Essay: Roobina Karode


This exhibition offers a deliberate and dramatic contrast in the  nature of artworks, in terms of  materials, techniques and attitudes. Artists in this group encompass a range of practice, not devoted to any distinct  medium or style to articulate ideas and situations. Negotiating Matter/s offers different registers  of   meanings.  Negotiating is not used here in a sense of arriving at a compromise, but as finding a way through to a desired end. At one level the title suggests the engagement of artists with matter/material to arrive at the physicality of form and experience. At another level it references the present state of affairs and current modes of urban art practice.

As a curatorial strategy, in lieu of choosing from already existing or exhibited works of  artists, the  attempt  was  to  closely  examine  the  thought   processes that energize artists to embody their dreams,  aspirations and engagements most effectively. This curatorial premise initiated open discussions with select  artists,  and  while   we  were  not  originally  driven  by a theme, it con verged to investigate the negotiations between artistic  intentions and materialized form.


(excerpt from the catalogue essay ‘NEGOTIATING MATTER/S‘ by Roobina Karode)