Students from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) programme at OP Jindal Global University in Haryana will be participating in an art exhibition organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) at the Red Fort in Delhi by the end of March, the university stated in a press communique recently.
The students from the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities (JSLH) department of the university will be showcasing their exhibits at the IGNCA’s exhibition, which is focused on highlighting Indian handicrafts, cultures and indigenous products. The exhibition at the Red Fort will be open to members of the public from the end of March.
Students of the four-year programme at JSLH have conducted extensive research into turmeric and chilli – two important spices in India. They have studied the historic, cultural and social significance of the two spices. Their exhibits will incorporate the findings of their research along with everyday use of the spices. Some aspects that the students will highlight are the trade routes of the spice trade, use in religious practices, nostalgic association due to their use in generationally passed down household recipes. The students will be installing a kitchen self, showcasing a recipe book and using photo series, videos, painting and clothing to elaborate the influence of the spices.
Kathleen Modrowski, dean, JSLH, said, “Our world is full of images. We think and respond to visual communication whether it is a colour, light, composition of space, etc. in everything we do. Although we are constantly acting within the realm of these elements, we are rarely aware of the importance of visual communication in the way we construct our reality. I believe that we are all artists and that students trained in the skills of making art have the potential of enriching all our lives. At JSLH, we intend to develop a symbiotic relationship between the visual arts and the liberal arts and humanities. As a result, students will develop a vastly expanded understanding of the world, an understanding that corresponds to our increasingly complex societies.”
“We are very excited to see the visual and conceptual output of our first-year BFA students. Their artworks address personal, social and cultural issues that are associated with the spices, turmeric and red pepper. This exhibition is one of many to come and it enables the students to put into practice whatever they studied so far,” said Achia Anzi, associate professor and the director of the BFA programme.