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India Art Fair 2015: highlights

The artists and artworks you can't possibly miss at the 2015 edition of the India Art Fair

  • The seventh edition of the India Art Fair opens at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Delhi, today. And it features at least 90 art booths by 85 exhibiting galleries. In this edition, you don’t want to miss Art Projects, showcasing performance art, live acts and installations. (Also because this section of the Fair is curated by Girish Shahane, artistic director of the India Art Fair.)  

    Here are some other highlights you want to keep an eye out for:

    Veer Munshi, 'Serenity Of Desolation', 20 x 12 x 12 feet installation:

    A tribute to the Kashmir flood victims, Munshi’s installation features an upturned home, replete with hand-carved details characteristic of Kashmiri homes. Inside the house, find Munshi’s watercolours depicting a 100 local faces, from the milkman and the press woman to the vegetable vendor.

    Anoli Perera, Second Skin, photo performance (16 photographs)

    The Sri Lankan artist has a marked presence in India with several group shows in the capital. For the Art Fair Anoli will weave an elastic dress that traces the contours of her body — like a second skin. From the swollen distended belly to the shrunken skin, it’s a monument to change and anxiety.

    Sudarshan Shetty, 'I Know Nothing Of The End', photo montage

    Sudarshan mines stills from film footage, which record mundane chores in a dramatic, theatrical manner. The work provokes thoughts and responses about the unpredictability of life.

    Tayeba Begum Lipi, 'Recalling – I', 102 x 28 x 102 cm sculptural installation

    Lipi, creates a sewing machine installation, made from stainless steel razor blades, lending the domestic machine a sinister code of violence.

    LN Tallur, 'Red Nose', 52 x 72 x 30 inch installation

    Tallur’s giant brass bell, that appears to be hanging from a reddened tree branch is encoded with a secret, the ringer is a human head with its nose to the ground. There can be various interpretations, but the obvious connotations, is a humorous critique of religious dogma. 

    India Art Fair is on from January 29 to February 1, at NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Delhi. Indiaartfair.in