After a painting stint in London, artist-curator Niha Nathersa returned to Chennai right when the floods had brought the city to a standstill last December. One of the many stranded at the airport, she saw the city at its worst. Since then, besides pitching in for the immediate relief work, Nathersa and her artist friends wanted to identify areas where help was still needed. And they’ve zeroed in on rebuilding Little Drops, an old age and destitute people’s home. She has now curated an exhibition with a group of 13 artists (most of whom are from the Cholamandal Artists’ Village) to raise funds.
Titled Hues for Life, Nathersa says, “Though there is no particular theme, many artists have found inspiration in the floods. The paintings will range from abstracts to figuratives, and will include art on canvas and etchings.” Besides her own work—called Flow Country, inspired by her visit to the Scottish Highlands last year—look out for the abstracts by painter V Hariraam, who helped her curate the show. “I will be showcasing pieces that reflect memories—joyful, sad, repressed and even nostalgic ones, that form a part of our thinking path to the present,” adds Hariraam.
At Artworld Sarala’s Art Centre, from March 22-26. The pieces will range from Rs 20,000-Rs 1.5lakh. Details: 24338691, forlittledrops.org
—Preethi Ann Thomas