Senior artists draw out promising new talent from the Indian landscape

Senior artists draw out promising new talent from the Indian landscape.

Written by Vandana Kalra | New Delhi | Updated: December 30, 2014 11:47:06 am

Art, sahej rahal Rahal’s performance art at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014.

Sahej Rahal

Background: Part of four prestigious residencies (including Gasworks), the 26-year-old works in multiple mediums, from painting and performance to sculpture and videos. Winner of the Forbes Award for Debut Solo Show, 2014, for his exhibition at Chatterjee & Lal, his body of work draws found objects and mythical beings from different cultures and brings them into a dialogue with
the present.

Atul Dodiya on Rahal: He has the potential of becoming an important artist, showing us creativity in philosophical subjects; technically, he works with diverse mediums. We can expect a lot from him in the
coming years.

Nikhil Chopra on Rahal: I think he is already there, being curated in some of the major shows. Rachna Sansad (Academy of Fine Art in Mumbai), where I taught him, was not the most ideal art school. For him to have come so far, so quickly; I give him all the credit. He has the ability to look outwards, and the will and the vocabulary to express it. I enjoy his work most when his sculptures and creations are animated, and they become an extension of his body. I would like to invite him to Goa where I have a residency space. I don’t know how will he react to
that space.

Neha Thakar

Background: Thakar, Baroda-based with a Master’s in Painting from MS University, has participated in several group shows. While she documents her work using photography and video, her primary preoccupation is with ice. A solid block of ice is usually punctured with a drilling machine and the holes are filled with colour. As the ice disintegrates, the colour permeates into the block, slowly spreading and eventually turning into liquid, with the colour mixing through.

Jagannath Panda on Thakar: She is doing a lot of interesting work and exploring a variety of mediums. I have been following her work since she applied for the Inlaks Award in 2012. I love the way she handles ice cubes; the manner in which she writes on them with ink, and how it dissolves, it’s very
interesting.

Vicky Roy

Background: Roy’s is a rags-to-riches story. Rescued from the Delhi railway station by the Salaam Balaak Trust, Roy’s initial stint with photography was assisting British photographer Dixie Benjamin during a photo shoot around Old Delhi. Since then, Roy has worked on innumerable subjects, including the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in 2009, as part of a mentorship programme by the US-based Maybach Foundation.

Mithu Sen on Roy: I like his choice of subjects, his vision, and the kind of work he does. He has done some really interesting work for National Geographic.

Sanchi Aggarwal

Background: In the last one year, the trainee scientist, who is a student at Raghu Rai Center for Photography, has done a series on the lives of girls in an orphanage and abandoned dogs.

Raghu Rai on Aggarwal: She is extremely passionate about the subject. Each photograph of hers has a strength of its own. When she went to shoot abandoned dogs in an ashram, she looked at them not as animals,
but as human beings who shared togetherness. The images are very powerful and they prove that she has a lot of potential.

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