Indian photographer Siddhartha Tawadey inaugurates Art Plural Gallery’s Emerging Artist Programme

Singapore’s Art Plural Gallery inaugurates its Emerging Artists Programme with fine art photographs by Indian artist Siddhartha Tawadey.

“Siddhartha Tawadey: Sans Souci” is an exhibition of twelve fine art photographs by Indian artist Siddhartha Tawadey. Taken in an abandoned mansion at an undisclosed location, the exhibit blends nostalgia, memory and fantasy into a portrait of a place in time and a certain way of life.

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Palace of Illusions', 2012, 140cmx210cm, Diasec mounted digital C-print on archival Bartya paper. Image courtesy of Art Plural Gallery.

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Palace of Illusions', 2012, 140cm x 210cm, Diasec mounted digital C-print on archival Bartya paper. Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery.

The name “Sans Souci” means ‘without worries’ or ‘carefree’ in French and with this title the artist is referencing the historical summer palace of the same name, built by the Prussian King Frederick the Great near Berlin, seeking to create his own palace of artistic interests, of space and illusions. Tawadey describes his approach on the Art Plural website,

I have an inclination in my art to delve into history and recover the old, the tarnished, the rusted, the unnoticed, and bring it back to life. To claim a ruin is often to exalt it…. Beauty is often hidden in the most unlikely of spaces and the series wants to uncover it, through the imagery of the mansion as an art object.

Artist Siddhartha Tawadey. Image courtesy of Art Plural Gallery.

Artist Siddhartha Tawadey. Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery.

Siddhartha Tawadey was born in Calcutta, India in 1975. He studied art and photography in London, and has had group as well as solo shows in New Delhi, London and New York. Tawadey also has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Middlesex School of Business, London. Most recently, he completed a residency with the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2011 and went on to hold a solo exhibition titled “Transparent Hallucination” at Bose Pacia Gallery. In 2010, he won the International Award for Digital and Photographic Art for portraiture.

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Altar', 2012, 140cmx210cm, Diasec mounted digital C-print on archival Bartya paper. Image courtesy of Art plural Gallery.

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Altar', 2012, 140cm x 210cm, Diasec mounted digital C-print on archival Bartya paper. Image courtesy Art plural Gallery.

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Pilgrimage', 2012, 80cmx120cm, Diasec mounted digital C-print on archival Bartya paper. Image courtesy of Art Plural Gallery.

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Pilgrimage', 2012, 80cm x 120cm, Diasec mounted digital C-print on archival Bartya paper. Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery.

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Untitled 1', 2012, 54cmx80cm, Digital C-print on archival paper. Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Untitled 1', 2012, 54cm x 80cm, Digital C-print on archival paper. Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Untitled 2', 2012, 54cmx80cm, Digital C-print on archival paper. Image courtesy of Art Plural Gallery.

Siddhartha Tawadey, 'Untitled 2', 2012, 54cm x 80cm, Digital C-print on archival paper. Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery.

Art Plural Gallery established the Emerging Artists Programme earlier this year, and this is the first exhibition held under its umbrella. Says Director Carole de Senarclens,

We had been thinking about strengthening our commitment to the regional arts scene, and it gave birth to the Emerging Artists Programme. It has been a fulfilling adventure for us. Siddhartha Tawadey has established a name for himself in Singapore as a result of his solo show. More than 250 guests attended the opening and our partners were all very enthusiastic about the show. Most of the works have been sold, [and] this will lead the artist to other interesting projects in Europe.

Through the Programme, Art Plural Gallery intends promote the work of those whom they deem promising young Asian artists across all artistic disciplines. Those selected to participate will be granted the opportunity to hold their first solo exhibition in Singapore, publish an illustrated catalogue to accompany the show and possibly be involved in fringe events organised by the gallery in partnership with educational or social institutions.

In collaboration with boutique merger and acquisition firm GEREJE Corporate Finance, asset management company Vandaalen, collector Mr Ian Dunderdale and winemaker Chandon, the Programme will feature one artist each year. According to the official press release, there is no age limit; the selection is narrowed to those with distinctive artistic identity, unique and creative in their visual expression, and whose content is of thematic relevance to contemporary culture.

Sans Souci at Art Plural Gallery. Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery.

Gallery view of "Sans Souci" at Art Plural Gallery. Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery.

Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery.

Gallery view of "Sans Souci". Image courtesy Art Plural Gallery.

Art Plural Gallery opened its doors with a group exhibition titled “Avant Première” in mid 2011. Located at 38 Armenian Street, the gallery boasts a space of over 12,000 square feet spread across a four-storey building in the heart of Singapore’s cultural district.

Owned by Swiss art dealers, Frédéric and Carole de Senarclens, the organisation is dedicated to Modern and contemporary art and design. With the exception of the newly inaugurated Emerging Artists Programme, the gallery focuses on established and mature-emerging international artists.

“Siddhartha Tawadey: Sans Souci” featured twelve fine art photographs and some installation works by Indian artist Siddhartha Tawadey. The exhibition ran from 7 August to 7 September 2012 at Art Plural Gallery in Singapore.

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