Saturday, March 7, 2015

'FOODS 2015' - Project by 'Magmart', Naples, Italy

The aim of the project FOODS is to explore the zone around the boundary line between abundance and famine, anorexia and bulimia, body and soul, and any other antimony amenable to the concept of food/aliment.
The project involves 13 artists, each of them will produce a video freely interpreting the theme of the project.


Recep Akar   (Turkey)
Gerard Cairaschi   (France)
Khalil Charif   (Brazil)
Didier Feldman   (France)
Francesca Fini   (Italy)
Khaled Hafez   (Egypt)
Mohammed Harb   (Palestine)
Barbara Hertiman   (Venezuela)
Francesca Llopis   (Spain)
Lina Alejandra Pulido Barragán   (Colombia)
John Sanborn   (United States)
Ssm Idd   (Germany)
Venugopal V.G.   (India)

Around the Platter

 “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
In a society which is surging towards the globalization in every aspect, there are significant transformations taking place in our consumer culture. As we are into innovations in food-processing, our eating habits are redefined; with genetically modified crops coming into the kitchen, there are a lot of debates and discussions about the consequences and future food patterns. With the increased gap between rural-urban lifestyles, the consumption of food is being reduced from ritual to compulsion. Our urban community has developed into a more cosmopolitan culture, which is influencing in our consumption methodology.

Around the Platter is an attempt to envisage these concerns using pictorial sequences culminating with the idea of ‘feed the world’.

'Around the Platter' (still from the video)      Stop Motion Animation      05.07 min

Around the Platter' (still from the video)      Stop Motion Animation      05.07 min

Pls check the following link to view the video:

Recent Works From Various Group Shows

'Annual Show', Gallerie Sara Arakkal, Bengaluru - 2014

'Small Format Show', Gallery Sumukha , Bengaluru - 2014

'Kala for Vidya', Charity Show bu Rotary Club, Bangalore - 2015

'DIALOGUES WITH THE SELF' - Curated by Anirudh Chari for 'The Portret Project', New Delhi

Concept Note:

The perception of the psychological space has intrigued artists from the beginning of time and each has found a particular way to deal with it.  This has often taken the form of the psychological image of the sometimes non-objective reality of the sitter and his or her personality.  It is about artists perceiving a particular state and articulating it through the medium of their choice.  Ideally, in works of this nature the artist invites the viewer into the space of the work in which he or she plays the role of an intellectual and visual guide leading that viewer through the complexity of artistic creativity and the perceptions of the self.  This is an exploration of the mental specifics of how the creative process deals with the notion of portraiture in general and the psychological portrait in particular.  These explorations can take the form of narrative fantasies, illusions, aspects of the ‘other’, or even perceptions of specific attributes.  There is an immense sense of mystery here, which it is hoped the artists in the show will explore in modes ranging from the poetic to the dark.  Every artist and every sitter carries with them a certain amount of preconceived notions and prejudices.  These psychological portraits will, hopefully, provoke a dialogue of exchange by articulating these visualized ideas. The aim of this exhibition is to express psychological biographies through creative imagery.  This can be done by encrypting information about the sitter, sometimes intentionally and sometimes unconsciously creating works which are layered explorations of the self.

- Anirudh Chari

Feature appeared in 'The Asian Age', New Delhi