Nature Morte & Vadehra Art Gallery come together to showcase the artists’ take on our future
Delhi’s Nature Morte and Vadehra Art Gallery have come together to present the works of 24 artists for a stellar online art showcase, aptly titled ‘The Future is Not Fixed’, which is available for viewing till September 20. Though part of the growing trend in the art world of going digital, with some of the biggest names in the industry already having set precedent, this joint art showcase that is curated by Arjun Sawhney marks the coming together of a set of very distinguished artists such as Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta, Thukral and Tagra, Shilpa Gupta, Dhruvi Acharya, Anju Dodiya, Gigi Scaria and Jitish Kallat.
“Man has always looked ahead. He has strived to make the coming time better than what it is today…. The reality though is that the coming time is more of a mystery than ever before. Very rarely, if ever, do things turn out the way we envisage them. Does this mean that we do not dream better dreams?” — Sawhney postulates in his curatorial note for the exhibition, pegging it in the reality of our present times. It is this chiaroscuro of the past, present and the future that this exhibition resides in as the artists explore the “elusive future”, which can hold promise but lies beyond an uncertain path that the human race must traverse. “In our pursuit of that elusive future, we had lost sight of the present; where we exist, how we live. And now in the span of a few months the future has been transformed from an uncertain to an unknown…. This period will go down in history. It will never be forgotten. It will be documented in umpteen ways and interpreted by visual artists in a million more. This show is an attempt to illustrate these feelings as we live through this point in history. This is the reality of today and this is the truth. The future is not fixed. Not at all any more,” adds Sawhney.