Traces of an alternative truth: When art becomes a satire of self and society

From the depths of the human spirit to poignant depictions of life, artists have used the power of the brush to express themselves. And in an ongoing exhibition showcasing the works of six contemporary artists from West Bengal, the artworks span the mediums – from charcoal works to acrylics on canvas – and delve into the philosophical, physical and socio-political ideas of diverse voices. artistic.

“The exhibition was triggered by a song by Pink Floyd, after which the exhibition is named – The Dark Side of the Moon. The images interconnect and merge in the gallery space, to point to the crazy times we live in. In reality, there is no dark side of the moon, but it is a metaphor for the artificiality of the light it receives, and the false, dissatisfied mask that society has put in place,” explains Ayan Mukherjee, curator of the exhibition. The exhibition also presents 10 poems by the curator.

The exhibition features works by artists Arindam Chatterjee, Atin Basak, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Chhatrapati Dutta, Srikanta Paul and Saumik Chakraborty. Each showed a different perspective to society through their works, appearing to the viewer, like a window into the mind of the artist.

A painting by Srikanta Paul exhibited at the collective exhibition.

Artist Srikanta Paul, for example, fuses elements of mythology with contemporary society. “I imagined an interpretation of Hanuman in military attire to show that for a person in a position of power, many work under you. And without them, the powerful person is just a normal being,” he shares. Meanwhile, Saumik Chakraborty, whose work is dominated by earthy, dark colors, tells us, “I believe an artist’s job is to keep countering the dominant perspective… He has to leave traces of an alternative truth through his work. I am an ordinary man and I try to show the crisis of the ordinary man through my art.

Catch it live

What: Dark side of the moon

Where: Gallery 1000A, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai

Until: May 15

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nearest metro station: Saket on the yellow line

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Christopher S. Washington