Group Show | At the turn of a Page

Curated By Shivangi Singh

Participating Artists : Bakula Nayak, Paul Barritt, Renuka Rajiv, Shrimanti Saha, Treibor Mawlong

28 April - 30 June, 2016 D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024

The exhibition engages with the ‘graphic’ medium which has been intrinsic to the artistic practice and production. Whether it is through illustrations in books or in animations with drawings, the medium allows for an experiment between text and image, between oral and drawn. It engages with the aspect of narratives in a distinct manner and not always as contained within the art historically known traditional paradigms. It carries the potential to create a different kind of language to make certain stories and histories visible, which may not always be possible through other mediums. The exhibition is an enquiry into the self-sustaining art practices of these artists inter laid in making comics, prints, zines, animations and illustrations with the frame of ‘the story’.  If storytelling occurs as an event, being at the turn of a page signifies a moment when stories wait to be seen, heard, touched and felt.
Shrimanti Saha visits mythological tales, and tries to bridge the gap between their oral nature and the visual depiction of them. She takes inspiration from science fiction, philosophy and evolutionary biology, and renders her large scale drawings with these smaller narratives informing and creating a bigger picture. Treibor Mawlong on the other hand creates woodcut prints, recording characters as if they are in a moment of decision between thought and action. His ongoing project, Khasi Folktales, is a graphic novel in Khasi, (a language spoken by the indigenous Khasi tribe in Meghalaya) where he is translating his experience of his native city, Shillong chronicling the folk tales of the tribe. The lines between fiction and reality seem to get blurred in Bakula Nayak’s works. Her illustrations, inspired from children’s book illustrations, surge new stories and meanings to vintage paper which she collected over years. Long lost letters, legal documents, and bill receipts - these objects are transformed from their original utility and find a different life through her interventions. Paul Bill Baritt, an artist from London, creates videos for theatre shows, reciting themes of innocence, greed, childhood and dark humor. Philosophical and sensory, his works feature people, animals and places in a dream-like atmosphere. Humor also plays a role in the mono-prints, zines, and drawings of Renuka Rajiv. Using malleable materials like coffee, ink and thread her works have textual comments interspersed with images offering in-congruent accounts of characters she observes around her.
The outreach programs planned with the exhibition include two workshops. The workshops focus on creating dialogues with artists outside the ambit of the exhibition, who in their quite divergent practices, have been invested in the format of ‘the book’. These conversations seek to build deeper engagements with artistic processes, practices and with ‘narrative’ in its different manifestations through ‘sketch-books’ and ‘handmade photo books’. The workshops will be open to people above the age of 18, and will have day-long sessions, starting with a short summary and introduction to the genre and practice of the artist and followed by exercises and discussions with the participants.
About the Artists
Paul Bill Baritt is co/artistic director of the multi-award winning theatre company ‘1927’. Formed in 2007, ‘1927’ has created 4 highly acclaimed and innovative animated theatre shows (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 2007, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets 2009, Magic Flute with Komische Oper Berlin 2011, Golem 2014) These shows have played in many of the most revered venues around the world. In 2015 Paul won the Critic’s Circle Award for best design (Golem) and also the coveted Knight of the Illumination award for best Projection (Golem). Outside of 1927 Paul has collaborated with Musik Fabrik Köln, on an animated new music concert (Krazy Kat Projekt), his short film White Morning (2013) played in many of the major film festivals including Sundance, Melbourne International film Festival and London Short Film Festival, he has also collaborated with V&A museum, animating a painting by Dennis van Alsloot. Paul lives and works in London, UK.
Treibor Mawlong completed his BFA and MFA from Kala Bhavan,Visva Bharati Santiniketan in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He is the recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi scholarship Grant in 2012-13 and Inlaks Fine Arts Award in 2014. Mawlong is inspired from folklores, his personal experiences and memories as themes of his artworks. He has been experimenting with formats of picture books, graphic novels often using drawing as his primary mode of expression. He lives and works in Shillong.
Bakula Nayak has an undergraduate degree in architecture and an M.S in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, Manhattan. Bakula has shown her work at the Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore in several shows, such as My Cup of Tea, 2013; The New Romantics, 2014; Small is Beautiful, 2015; Earth Song, 2015 and was part of a group show The India Story, 2015 in Emami Chisel Art Gallery, Kolkatta. In 2015, she was awarded the Promising Artist of 2015 from the Shenoy Art Foundation, Bangalore. She lives and works in Bangalore.
Renuka Rajiv has studied digital video at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore and printmaking at VCA, Melbourne. Her work is informed and inspired from diverse sources - art from tribal cultures, contemporary art practices, Australian art, scribbles on the street, various craft practices, 20th century Euro + American art, literature and cinema. Since graduating in 2011, she has been part of several group shows (Substation, BlakDot, Brunswick Artspace, Cowwar Artspace, ICU) and a couple of solos (Handheld Gallery, Brunswick Artspace). She works predominantly with paper but has started exploring with fabric recently. Rajiv lives and works in Bangalore
Shrimanti Saha completed her BVA (Painting) Faculty of Fine Arts, 2009 and MVA (Painting) from Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda 2011. She received the Inlaks Fine Arts Award in 2015 and was a runner up for Glenfiddich Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She received the Krishnakriti Scholarship, Hyderabad, in 2008 -11 and has participated in residencies such as the Taj Residency and Ske Project, Bangalore, 2015 and Kalakriti Artist-in-Residence, Hyderabad, 2015. She has been part of group shows at Nature Morte, Gurgaon; Gallerie 88, Kolkata; Barter Collection, Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai; Baroda Redux, Art Konsult, New Delhi;  Alliance Francaise de Delhi; Art city project at StudioX, Mumbai; Residency Show, Kalakriti Gallery, Hyderabad; Back to College, Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda;  Knots, Baroda; Ashwita gallery, Chennai. She has worked as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist for advertisement agencies and has also interned in wooden toy making from Channapatna, Karnataka. Saha lives and works in Baroda.