Sahayog 2022 contemporary art exhibition bridges the gap between famous artists and upcoming talents

Even since the lockdown was announced, those with latent artistic abilities have made efforts to improve their skills, and professional artists have turned to solitude and inspiration. The same goes for Monica Kharkar, an artist whose works will be on display at the 2022 Contemporary Art Exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.

“The year 2020 has perhaps been one of the most dramatic years of our lives. As an artist, I had mixed feelings about having to stay home. During those first few weeks the lockdown seemed like an incentive that gave me a chance to play and explore new techniques and new media, ”she said, adding,“ For artists who depended on of their art to survive, were faced with serious difficulties during those days. because exhibitions and shows were suspended. Containment has helped me rediscover the artist within me and hone my creative skills.

The exhibition, titled Sahayog, Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022, is the result of the efforts of acclaimed artist Satyendra. Rane. The effort, she says, is to encourage artists to come along by giving them the same platform as established professionals. “He always believed that with famous artists a platform should be provided for the unknown and upcoming faces in the field of art, and Sahayog is helping to bridge that gap. The part of the procedure will be donated to Alert Citizen Forum, an NGO recognized by the government.

Dream girl

At the rate of the last two years, we have to wonder if virtual exhibitions are the future. “The opportunities and avenues for artists have multiplied during this time,” says Kharkhar, a self-taught artist, who enjoys experimenting with “colors, mediums and textures inspired by nature and human forms”.


She adds, “There are other methods of presenting art and often parallel shows take place both online and offline. But the majority of Indian artists still use traditional mediums like acrylic / oil on canvas, which are best done justice in a physical exhibition. Virtual exhibitions are becoming easier to market to a wider audience. For me, even though people have a preference for virtual means of viewing art, they may not act on it and engage in such practices. Ultimately, seeing art in person reigns supreme and in-person galleries and art fairs are irreplaceable.

Sahayog collage

This 6th edition of Sahayog will feature works of art and sculptures by 40 artists from across the country. The show, which begins on January 11 will run until January 17, will see the participation of artists Adyot Rajadhyaksha, Amberhuues Tania, Anupama Mandavkar, Arpita Kolhatkar, Arpito Gope, Arvind Kolapkar, Bhagyashri Choudhari, Deepa Hekre, Dr Shankar Sharma, Ganesh Hire, Ganpat Bhadke, Harshada Tondwalkar, Ishwar Shetty, Joe D’souza, Kariyappa Hanchinamani, Kasim Kanasavi, Monica Kharkar, Mukund Ketkar, Nandita Desai, Nishtha Jhunjhunwala, Niyati Gope, Kariyappa Hanchinamani, Kasim Kanasavi, Monica Kharkar, Mukund Ketkar, Nandita Desai, Nishtha Jhunjhunwala, Niyakhantiv, Kariyappa Hanchinamani, Satyendra Rane, Shahed Pasha, Shreela Ghosh, Shubham Kesur, Sneha Nikam, Sumant Shetty, Sunil Vinekar, Surendra Jagtap, Ujwala Kumar, Vaishali Kanade and Vidhi Doshi.

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Christopher S. Washington