When Delhi-based artists Aakshat Sinha and Ranjan Kaul started ArtAmour, a blog that aims to raise awareness of the visual arts, they did not expect the number of artists and works they would be exposed to. At the end of the year of ArtAmour, Sinha and Kaul decided to co-organize “An Imaginal Affair” to mark the occasion. The exhibit that opened at the Stainless Steel Art Gallery on October 9 is currently displayed virtually on their website. Showcasing more than 40 artists and more than 150 works of art from around the world, it brings together various pieces linked by common threads of imagery and imagination.
Showcasing works of art through mediums such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, origami, etc., this exhibition has been organized keeping in mind the commonalities in the works of artists from different backgrounds. .
Speaking about the challenges they faced while curating the exhibit, Sinha said, “There was a lot of diversity in terms of the works we selected. The challenges were therefore multiple. But, we were able to get around it by identifying a common thread.
Discussing how they overcome these challenges, Sinha continues, “As curators we have been working on a subconscious level. While organizing the physical event, we thought a lot about how a person would perceive the exhibition. We tried to put the artwork together so that the final display didn’t look out of place. We also didn’t want to spoon feed the audience, but help them connect with the pieces on display. ”
Art exhibitions are often considered impenetrable when it comes to social barriers. However, Sinha and Kaul have made a point of ensuring that people who have visited this exhibition or will see it online are able to appreciate the works on display. “We have always talked about the gap that exists between art and society. Rather than alienating the audience, we think it’s important for the artist to help them engage with the work, ”says Sinha.
Among the 40 artists whose works are on display, Delhi-based photographer Vipin Baloni exhibits three photographs: “Taj As I See It”, “The Trivial Things” and “A Sleepless Soul”. “The silence intrigued me enormously. It comes from my own sensitivity, so the motivation to work on any subject is internal rather than external, ”explains Baloni, as he explores the themes of light, silence and stillness. philosophical point of view. “This exhibition provides a great platform for young artists like myself and others to join with some of the most prominent artists from India and abroad,” he notes.
Alka Chadha Harpalani, an artist based in Bengaluru, whose work titled “Ensemble I and II” is also on display, talks about her art: “The piece is an amalgam of images, textures and calligraphy that acts like a drawing. background. often enough. The series of mixed works of art is a representation of a quest in the journey to delve deep into oneself, nostalgia and unity.