Artists to catch at the India Art Fair 2016
We round up all the highlights
TAYEBA BEGUM LIPI
The Bangladeshi artist always applies a critical feminist lens to her work. She first caught the art world’s attention with the razor blade sculptures she showcased at the Venice Biennale in 2011.
Her inventive take on technology has established Gupta as India’s most enigmatic multimedia artist. She handles challenging subjects like freedom and security with a playful lyricism that always feels personal.
A Baku native, Ahmed’s intricately woven textile sculptures are cleverly balanced mediations on carpet-making traditions from Azerbaijan and India, and digital processes of manipulation, pixelation and distortion.
Joshi makes quirky sculptures out of found fragments of toys. At first, these whimsical creations look like they’ve escaped from a version of Toy Story, until you realise they have more sinister and political underpinnings.
Dodiya’s paintings and assemblages are a kaleidoscopic record of autobiographical experiences within cross-cultural histories. They’re both witty and subversively political.
Created with both domestic and carved metal objects, Suleman’s sculptures are haunting reflections on gender and violence in her home country, Pakistan. They also consider contradictions of feminine beauty and entrapment.
The range of works at India Art Fair can be overwhelming — find the Pakistani artist’s sublime works to quiet your mind and soul. He’s known for his hypnotic drawings composed out of tiny dots and inspired by traditional Islamic art.
SAMANTA BATRA MEHTA
The artist draws from medieval sketches and old textbooks to create illustrations, photos and installations that intersect between personal history, colonisation and the new world order.
Trained as an architect, Waqif’s physically ambitious bamboo sculptures and installations explore the processes of decay and destruction in regenerating the life of cities.
The Brooklyn-based conceptual photographer works with collages to create complex interiors that appear to be in psychological flux.
The India Art Fair is on from January 28-31 in Delhi. Indiaartfair.in
Photographs: Thomas Erben Gallery (Yamini Nayar), Shrine Empire (Tayeba Begum Lipi)