Monday, November 12, 2007

Images that communicate

In Delhi, art appreciation is quite low. It is not because there is no exposure. Rather,people in the national capital get to see some unusual art from different parts of the world. At the Lalit Kala Akademi last month (October)there was this "Contemporrary Craotioan Art' exhbition at the Lalit Kala Akademi. Of course, apart from some students, very few must have seen it.

Apart from the usual abstract experiments, there were some surprises as well in the exhibition.

They are both photographs, which gold attention of the general viewere. They are both visually arresting, but in different ways. Morjana Vodopija's "Mimicry, 2004" is a colour photograph 60x300 com. It shows a procession of women wearing different colours and apparently standing in the middle of a field of grass and flowers. Without reading too much into the title, "Mimicry", this is a picture tht arrests one's attention without forcing one to think too hard. There is something soothing about the visual -- the women, the clours of their dress as well as the colours of the grass and flowers. It can be read as simple poetic observation, or it can be seen as an ironic comment.

On the other hand, Zlatko Kopljar's "K0 Compassion 2004) is a clear political statement about American dominance in the world, and how the rest of the world, which is relatively weak, has no other option but to pay homage, genufect before it. There are many elements in the picture which can be interpreted in detail. But one can also watch it without going into the details because the message is quite explicit. THis is a deeply ironic image.

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