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‘A Letter from My Homeland’ brings together five visual art practitioners who practise photography as an alternative medium of their artistic expression. The core thread of the exhibition that binds the works of the five together is the idea of homeland and identity. The lands that they belong to are often represented in their works through the vastness of the landscape, architectural elements, rhythm of patterns, people in their solitary moments and metaphorical objects around them. Five individuals, hailing from five geographical locations (Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal and Pakistan), have found distinct ways to represent their respective homeland from an insider’s perspective. The lens that captures the moments is, more often than not, compassionate, poetic and that of a flâneur. This approach makes each place a coveted one to dwell, as Roland Barthes writes in his seminal book, Camera Lucida, “For me, Photographs of landscape (urban or country) must be habitable, not visitable.” It can be said, therefore, that the homeland shapes the artist's identity and vice versa.

In the contemporary scenario, artists from certain countries and communities are often expected to portray their geopolitical concerns in a very clichéd manner in their practice. This virtual exhibition, in a way, attempts to depart from this stereotype by putting together more personal, sometimes hopeful, stories. Abdul Musawir Shabbir from Lahore, Pakistan captures a serene mood in his works. Framed by the beautiful arches, windows and staircases the subjects in his photographs narrate the tales of a slow-paced life, maybe of a time bygone.  Binaya Humagain provides us glimpses of the streets and public places of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Pitted against the bleeding vermillion or the royal blue background, the contours of his subjects stand the testimony to hardships. The portrait of Iran that we witness through Mohsen Sakha’s lens is far from the media-generated picture of violence, brutality and military tensions. Rather a blanket of emptiness shrouds the vast, barren landscape with roads lying on its rustic body. The road becomes the metaphor for an endless journey that continues crossing all the odds. Naim Ul Hasan’s recent clicks of his domestic space in Dhaka, Bangladesh are nothing short of the everyday drama taken place in the most prosaic corners of the house. Pallov Saikia takes us to his native place in Rahmaria, Assam, India where the river seems a living being and moments of struggle and hardship are captured through a compassionate, poetic lens placing boats at the centre of the story.  ‘A Letter from My Homeland’ is thus a compilation of five individual journeys embarked by the five artists in search of the soul of their beloved homelands.

Abdul Musawir Shabbir

Pakistan

Binaya Humagain

Nepal

Mohsen Sakha

Iran

Naim Ul Hasan

Bangladesh

Pallov Saikia

India

Past Exhibitions
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  • 2014
2020

Featured in OnArt Fair, presented by Mojarto

Arjun Das, Jagadeesh Tammaneni, Murali Chinnasamy,

Ravi Chunchula, Sumana Som

August 28- 30

‘New Stories in Old Frames’

Aniruddha Parit, Mainaz Bano, Poushali Das, Ravi Hunchula, Sanket Viramgami

July 6- August 6

‘Metaphor: The Magic It Holds’

Ajist AS, Arjun Das, Subhankar Bag

Jan 25- Mar 15

2019

‘Infinite Parabolas’

Murali Chinnasamy

Oct 5 - Nov 20

‘A Journey through Impermanence’

Poorvesh Patel, Maksud Ali Mondal

Jul 2 – Aug 20

‘Enchanting Illusions’

Virendra Maurya

Mar 30 – Apr 30

‘Minotour: Beyond Myth'

Ryan Abreu, Yogesh Ramkrishna Kamble

Feb 9 - Feb 22

‘Microcosm Macrocosm’ (IPEP India)

Curated by Lina Vincent

Jan 28- Feb 3

2018

‘Dynamic Desires’

Anila K. Govinappa, Mariraj Rajasekaran, Virendra Maurya

Nov 17 – Dec 15

‘The Indian Billboard Society’

Jan Ratschat, Curated by Anja Ellenberger

Oct 11 – 27

'Mapping Territories'

Neha Verma, Sumana Som

Aug 18 - Sep 22

‘Echos’

Bhaskar Chary, Murali Chinnasami

Jun 22 - Jul 31

2017

‘Tranquil and Trance’

Anila Kumar Govindappa, Krishna Trived

Dec 8, 2017 – Jan 10, 2018

‘Mindful Memories’

Kundan Mondal, Mithun Das

Sep 10 – Oct 7

‘Linear Accents’

Abhishek Verma, Anila Kumar Govindappa, Kundan Mondal, Murali Chinnasamy, Sanket Viramgami, Srinivas Bobbili

17 June 2017- 15 July 2017

'Enigmatic Intricacies’

Kundan Mondal, Sanket Viramgami, Sumana Som

Feb 11- Mar 11

2016

‘Woodcut 2016’

Aug 10 – 20

Contemplate Art Gallery, Coimbatore.

‘Behold the Nature’

Debasree Das, Kundan Mondal, Shanmukha Rao, Sneh Mehra Jun 25 – Jul 23

2015

‘The Unknown’

Bholekar Srihari

Nov 7- Dec 5

‘The Full Scape’

Bhaskar Vadla, Gayatri Kasireddy, Lakshmi Kiran, S. Karuna

Sep 29 – Oct 17

‘One’s Own World’

Bandi Durga Prasad, Krishna Trivedi

Jun 25 – Jul 23

‘Woodcut 2015’

Apr 2 - May 16

2014

‘Real and Imagined Spaces’

Kundan Mondal, Prasad K P,

Rakesh Roy Chaudhary

Oct 13- Nov 15