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Textured Hues
Published: Volume 22, Issue 2, February, 2014

Water screen projections…jute sculptures…a musical synergy.... Verve showcases the art offerings of the season

PICTURE THIS
The Institut Francais en Inde, the French Embassy in India and the Alliance Francaise join hands to showcase French culture through Fete De La Photo 2014 – A Photo Festival in Public Space. The month-long celebration will bring together amateur and professional photographers and their audience, and will visit 11 Indian cities – capital metropolises and smaller one as well. The opening event in New Delhi will feature water screen projections, a musical tribute to India and photography encompassing themes such as women’s issues and urban living. Works by Amit Mehra, Laurent Laveder, Dayanita Singh, Uzma Mohsin and Raghu Rai will be amongst the installations, as will an interactive Instagram experience.

(The month-long Fete De La Photo 2014-A Photo Festival in Public Space begins in New Delhi on February 11, 2014.)

AN ORGANIC PROGRESSION
Mumbai’s oldest museum and The Loft at Lower Parel collaborate to show a collection of recent and new works by New Delhi-based artist Manisha Parekh. With Epiphanies, she presents a site-specific installation of jute sculptures, accompanied by a suite of graphite drawings, and other works. Drawing upon craft and textile traditions, the artist uses handmade paper and organic materials to create minimalistic work that evokes natural rhythms and biomorphic forms.

(Epiphanies is on show at Special Project Space I & 2, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, until March 2, 2014.)

IN COMPLEXITY
German artist Gregor Hildebrant’s first show in India derives its title from a song by The Cure. A material characteristic of the artist’s work, music tape is recorded with the song Blood Flowers and the duality of the track is depicted in two works. Hildebrant uses a predominantly monochrome palette and harnesses musical rhythms to punctuate his work. Defining his creations is a task, so stop by the gallery in Fort to witness and engage in your own interpretation.

(These Flowers Will Never Die by Gregor Hildebrant is showing at Galerie Isa, Mumbai, from February 5 to April 26, 2014.)

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