“HAZE. Contemporary Art From South Asia” at Fondazione Elpis, Milan

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An bold mission, designed particularly for the areas of the Basis, “HAZE,” goals to supply an unprecedented take a look at South Asia’s up to date artwork scene and underlines the function of visible arts within the narration of a worldwide disaster that impacts completely different areas of society: ecological, political and socio-cultural. The present presents established and rising practices of 21 artists of various generations from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, starting from portray, sculpture, drawing, pictures and efficiency to site-specific installations.

Underlining the dynamism of the South Asian artwork scene, the exhibition explores completely different approaches to the up to date, presenting narratives and reflections that embrace a variety of themes: from the situations and rights of staff in an period of world migration to gender points, from post-colonial legacy to the expropriation of indigenous lands, from freedom of expression to political conditions, as much as the survival and metamorphosis of traditions and rituals.

Curating the exhibition along with Mario D’Souza, HH Artwork Areas is an artist and curatorial collective in Goa, India, to which a few of the introduced artists belong. Launched in October 2014 by Nikhil Chopra, Madhavi Gore and Romain Loustau, and later joined by Shivani Gupta and Shaira Sequeira Shetty, HH Artwork Areas promotes workshops, exhibitions, occasions and artist residencies with a specific give attention to dwell arts and efficiency.
For this exhibition mission, the collective wished for instance the voice of a whole subcontinent: “The rise of nationalism and its majority politics in India; an financial disaster and ensuing political instabilities in Pakistan and Sri Lanka; the authoritarian repressions of freedom of speech with the arrests of critics and journalists which are rampant and ever extra unchecked implies that the partitions that separate us as individuals are getting thicker and thicker. Hatred and concern are the instruments used to disempower minorities. By means of these elements, the exhibition goals to current a whole area by the porosity and risk of tales and legends, of what stays alive as we speak and of what has been misplaced without end, in a time marked by polarization, violent politics and majoritarianism.”

By means of the language of artwork, “HAZE” due to this fact goals to supply a perspective on the polarities, contradictions and dualisms that characterise the 4 international locations of origin of the artists, making an attempt to give attention to themes and narratives that seem shrouded in a ‘haze.’ Haze might be regarded as fog, smoke, smog, toxicity, or magic: an unknown that reduces the distances between us to remind us of the fragility of as we speak, of the current second, but on the similar time creating a possibility to evoke new visions and develop an acute consciousness of the current.

“A thick fog envelops the area.” With this picture, the group present “HAZE. Up to date Artwork From South Asia” opens within the new areas of Fondazione Elpis in Milan.
Fog and area are the 2 key phrases that punctuate the exhibition’s narrative. On the one hand, fog is the widespread thread that unites the works on show, various in response to completely different ranges of studying and interpretation: mist, smog, smoke, mist, toxicity and magic, a veil that envelops the current and in flip making its contours unsure. However, the area is the sphere of investigation of the exhibition mission which makes an attempt to offer a cross-section of the up to date artwork scene of 4 international locations of the Indian subcontinent—India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The exhibition begins on the bottom flooring, the place fog is perceived as a poisonous smoke that oppresses the earth and its inhabitants. It’s the smoke of world air pollution which causes lakes and seas to warmth up, altering their ecosystems. This can be a theme undertaken by Sahil Naik with the work All Is Water and To Water We Should Return, a narrative of pure and human resistance and resilience that narrates the dramatic and poetic story of the city of Kurdi, within the Goa area, submerged by water following the development of a dam within the late Nineteen Sixties.
The work with its dynamism replicates the continual emergence and drying up of the waters which lead the homes to resurface periodically in the summertime. A second to be celebrated with songs and rituals by the unique inhabitants, who can return to occupy their houses, even when solely quickly.

And what occurs when our visible notion is challenged? When are our paradigms of interpretation confused? Madhavi Gore’s gouaches Untitled I and Untitled II play on this, in a colourful abstractionism that challenges formal paradigms. Visible notion can be confused within the images of Shivani Gupta, Of Rock and Apricot and Mountain Prime, the place a rock in the course of a meadow is usually a footprint, a fossil or a vestige of the previous, mainly every part is dependent upon our eye and our creativeness.

On the primary flooring, the mist takes on geographical borders which fade and mix into one another, summoning ideas about nationwide belonging. This course of issues cultures as a lot as religions and nationwide borders themselves. Haze can envelop the land, its definition, the creation of borders, bringing about indefinite and suspended conditions.

Kedar Dhondu’s Making an attempt matter recounts the porosity of a judicial system nonetheless linked to the traditions of the feudal previous, the place disputes over the possession of buildings nonetheless happen as we speak between the heirs of landowners and the heirs of those that labored the land. However the mist may signify a suspended state of affairs just like the authorized non-definition of the indigenous peoples who dwell on the borders between Bangladesh and Myanmar, stateless of their land as a result of steady repression and expulsions by each international locations, as evidenced by the collection of works by Joydeb Roaza, titled Technology Want Yielding Tress and Atomic Tree. The theme of borders returns within the Safety Banners collection by Bani Adibi, a listing of the safety boundaries used within the metropolis of Karachi, and within the Mannar Map cartographies by Pala Pothupitiye, during which the upside-down picture of Southeast Asia evokes the viewer to query the identification of the entire area.

Within the basement, Haze transforms right into a mist the place completely different non secular traditions meet and new ones are created. Diptej Vernekar’s work Non secular Machine speaks of this; in an ironic method the work conveys how in Goa, from the colonial union of animism and Catholicism, a ritual system primarily based on ex-votos took place which in flip grew to become an actual market.

A powerful picture then takes us again to the financial, political and social disaster deriving from the pandemic of 2020. In that interval, hundreds of individuals, having misplaced their jobs, have been compelled to go away the cities to return to the countryside. Unable to journey on trains, the inhabitants began strolling, creating infinite processions of people that suffered all types of humiliations, together with compelled disinfestation. Amongst them the artist Soumitrimayee Paital, who, ranging from this expertise, painted the collection Enemy on the Door which displays on the a number of personalities that disguise behind a face.

The ocean opens and closes the exhibition, or reasonably the Indian Ocean does, the undisputed protagonist of the historical past of the Asian subcontinent, from the Silk Highway to the trades of the India Firm, from colonialism to the slave commerce. Beneath a metal sky by Pranay Dutta addresses the ocean; the set up confuses water with the sky and the clouds which are mirrored in it, in a steady recreation of notion that creates a parallelism with the works of Lala Rukh, who has portrayed the Indian Ocean from a number of geographical factors, fascinated by the concept of the impossibility of depicting a component in steady motion and evolution. Mist lies on the horizon above the ocean, a spot the place we lose our notion and start to think about the infinite.

Collaborating artists:
Bani Abidi, Nikhil Chopra, Avian D’Souza, Madhu Das, Kedar Dhondu, Pranay Dutta, Madhavi Gore, Shivani Gupta, Yasmin Jahan Nupur, Munir Kabani, Romain Loustau, Sahil Naik, Soumitrimayee Paital, Amol Patil , Pala Pothupitiye, Fazal Rizvi, Joydeb Roaja, Lala Rukh, Vineha Sharma, Divyesh Undaviya, Diptej Vernekar.

at Fondazione Elpis, Milan
till March 5, 2023


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