Ceramic and contemporary art takes centrestage at the new Gallery Manora
India is a land of stories. Stories that transcend ages, going back in time as far as the pre-historic period — when India was part of the Gondwanaland, the supercontinent. It is stories like these that have always interested Gomathi Suresh, founder-director of Gallery Manora. For residents of Indira Nagar and art circuit regulars, the name Manora will ring a bell.
The space that had opened in the early 2000s, exhibited stories in tangible art form. “We would create combinations of ceramic art with organza silk curtains and cushions to match, all of which were custom-made by our artistes across India. Our idea was to exhibit native art through tales,” says Gomathi. That period was just the prologue to something bigger that was to come a decade later.
During her travels, Gomathi discovered the art of ceramics and fell in love with it. Today, the connoisseur is expressing her love for the art by relaunching Gallery Manora as the nerve centre for ceramic art. “In addition, this space will be open for other creative expressions like multimedia, sound and video art,” she says.
The gallery is opening with the show Gondwana Horizon by Australia’s Barbara Campbell-Allen, a renowned ceramic artistes. “Barbara is my guru. I have been learning the art under her since 2005, and wanted her show for the gallery opening. Last year, we visited art galleries in Delhi and that’s when Barbara thought of the Gondwana theme — she is trying to evoke stories through rock formations of what it was like a billion years ago, when India and Australia were attached.” With this visual tale of the Gondwana, Gomathi is excited to present the revived Manora.
Opens on January 21. At