Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Rivers that Unite

Posted: March 15, 2014 12:02 am

Sakshi Virmani & Kabir E R

Vibrant imagery from the Bolivian highlands enmeshed with contemporary culture dwell with electrifying colours of bright yellow, red, purple, fuchsia and orange at the “Namaste India” exhibition at India International Centre. The show that features works by two Bolivian artists, Giancarla Munoz Reyes and Roberto Mamani Mamani, presented by the Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a visual extravaganza that tells the story of Bolivian culture and heritage.
On display for the first time in India, Mamani’s paintings echo a nature theme even as they blend with his Andean identity and the topography of Bolivia. With no formal training in art, the 51-year-old paints women, archangels, grandmothers, and mountains on his canvases using watercolor with resins he prepares from various pigments.

Reyes’s sculptures, mainly masks, portray the cheerful and mystical quality of ancient Bolivian culture. Inspired by the Carnival of Oruro, an indigenous festival over 2,000 years old, the headdresses and costumes of the carnival feature prominently in her work.

The Andes have inspired many and these artists are no exception. “For me, inspiration comes from my childhood memories of the mountains of Bolivia,” says Mamani, “There are many similarities in Indian and Bolivian culture. Our cultures emanate from the Himalayas and the Andes, the river Ganges and the river Rocha.”

The exhibition closes today at the India International Centre

(The reporters are students of EXIMS)

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