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Know Your City

Bharti Verma’s painting,Trauma City 2,shows two flyovers obstructing the view of the sky while a cluster of concrete buildings sit beneath them.

Bharti Verma’s painting,Trauma City 2,shows two flyovers obstructing the view of the sky while a cluster of concrete buildings sit beneath them. This painting is a part of the exhibition “Inside/Outside” at Art Heritage Gallery,where three artists have explored the cityscape through their works.

“In 2011,in Delhi,many buildings and flyovers were coming up. My paintings have no trees or human beings in them. When one looks outside a window now,one does not find peace and calm. Instead,there is a lot of noise and confusion outside,” says the 25-year-old artist,based in Delhi.

Tanoy Choudhury from Kolkata has yellow taxis negotiating their way through the city’s narrow streets during the monsoons,and old,dilapidated buildings with green shutters and doors in his paintings. In one,he even finds common ground between two cities. An electric pole next to a building,with a mesh of black wires around it,draws parallels between Kolkata and overhead wires in Old Delhi. “The huge old buildings,the trams,the hand-pulled rickshaws,and the yellow ambassador taxis,fascinated me. There is nothing exclusive about this city. Yet Kolkata has this aura which cannot be compared to any place in the world. This prompted me to recreate this city on canvas,” says Choudhury.

The exhibition is on display till July 18 at Art Heritage Gallery,Triveni Kala Sangam.

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