MUMBAI ART SHOW SAKSHI GALLERY SWAPAN SETH
Mumbai-based Sakshi Gallery has made the rather unusual decision of having a first-time curator put together its golden jubilee show. Having said that, the gallery is well-known for exhibiting experimental works so perhaps, as the Indian Express reports, it is not that much of a risk for them, especially since their chosen curator, Swapan Seth, is “a connoisseur in his own right.” The exhibition, entitled “Scratch” ran from 12-19 November at the Lalit Kala Akademi, and was intended to give viewers something new and fresh to think over or, as American artist Edward Ruscha famously said, “something that makes you scratch your head.”
The chosen curator, Delhi-based Swapan Seth, is an expert in video and new media art. His intention with the exhibition was to provide “a quirky collection, primed to give the viewers something fresh to mull over” and featured a range of media and a number of artists. These included new media artists such as Hemali Bhuta, Neha Choksi, Rohini Devasher, Sarnath Banerjee and Asim Waqf, painters and installation artists such as NS Harsha and Sunil Gawde and international artists Noriko Yamaguchi, Wang Fujui, Wu Chi-Tsung and Jorge Mayet.
According to Seth, the reason for showing so many diverse artists was to enable each individual artist do their own thing and because their works are “fresh and formidable.” Even though there was such a large number of works to organise, gallery owners Geetha Mahra and Usha Gawde had great faith in Seth’s ability: “Swapan is a well-known collector and his specialised interest in new media and video art has been a defining factor for inviting him to curate our week-long show.” Seth said that according to how well the show went he would consider taking up curating on a regular basis.
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