Inspired by Daniyal Mueenuddin’s short stories In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, GallerySKE’s latest project brings together four contemporary artists – Martand Khosla, Suchender P, Masooma Syed and Avinash Veeraraghavan, for a visual-spatial experience.
“There is a parallel between the format of a set of short stories and that of a group exhibition. There is also a spatial analogy between rooms
and the independent narratives of the artists,” says SKE’s assistant director, and curator Vasundhara Sellamuthu. Her concept imagines the gallery, a converted colonial cottage, in is original domestic avatar, in which each room had a different function, connected by their occupants. “Each artist explores very specific ideas in their dedicated spaces. Yet through the viewer, the works begin to unfold and respond
to one another,” she elaborates.
Delhi-based architect and artist Martand Khosla’s work explores urban continuity and transformation, using brick dust collected from construction sites, while collages and constructed structures by fellow Delhi-based artist Masooma Syed take us into the realm of memory and thoughts. Bengaluru’s Avinash Veeraraghavan takes an autobiographical route using pho
tographic negatives to reflect upon the past. We’re particularly struck by the power of Suchender P’s watercolours, which muse on the relationship between man and the natural environment. “The idea evolved from reading about the increasing number of wild animals entering urban spaces,” says Suchender. “I realised that it’s actually us taking away their habits rather than wildlife encroaching upon ours, and I wanted to reflect on that,” he elaborates. He, along with the other artists, worked completely independently for the show, but is keen to see his work in a new context.
May 9 – June 26, at Berlie Street. Details: 65951972