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    Two photographers showcase 30 pictures on society, at Elliot’s Beach

    IN IT’S third edition, Art Chennai 2014, starting this Sunday, will be celebrating modern and contemporary Indian art. The aim of the

    Else Gabriel

    Else Gabriel

    festival is to increase the visibility of visual arts in the country and create historical content in terms of Indian contemporary art. As part of this 10-day event, the Goethe Institut will contribute a photography exhibition on the theme Role Models & Power Relations.

    The exhibition is a result of a photography workshop that gave local photographers the opportunity to work on this subject with internationally-acclaimed German artist Else Gabriel and IFA representative for photography, Andreas Rost. Their products will be displayed at Elliot’s Beach on February 11. Gabriel, who also teaches at an art college in Berlin, tells us what the theme means to her.

    “It simply means the society in general, before certain cultural backgrounds were ruled by formal and informal relations. Some of them are very obvious, others are hidden and embedded in family history and traditions, and are hard to discover and even harder to overcome.” On her first visit to Chennai, she is hoping to get to know Indian photographers and says the Art Chennai initiative is just a start of what is to be a dialogue.

    Andreas Rost

    Andreas Rost

    Gabriel specialises in tourist and family style photography.  “I often do  shots based on thorough research and experimental settings, again based on family history and experiences.”As for the other actvities at Art Chennai, there is The Trees and Skies, a wall art project at Stella Maris College, Roti Kapada Aur Makan, an exhibition at British Council and Souther Forms and Shapes at Chamier, through out the weekend. Do not miss the painting and sculpture exhibition at Cholamandal Artists Village.

    Gabriel and Rost’s paintings will be on display at Elliot’s Beach, on Februray 11.

    —Mrinalini Sundar

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