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Cactus and Pandemic: An Artist’s Quarantine Musings

With their sombre palette, haunting quality, texture-laden dense hues still glimmering with hints of hope, Indrapramit Roy’s recent works of his solo show ‘Soliloquy’ at Threshold Art Gallery are an eyeful for all of us, emerging from the shadows of the Corona Pandemic.

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Undeciphered

‘Epigraphica Indica’ pulls the viewer inward, and is a powerful reminder of the complexities of culture, identity, and belonging – and everything we take for granted in this contemporary, virtually driven world.

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Silences and Speaking Out Loud: Varunika Saraf’s ‘Caput Mortuum’

At once personal and political, Saraf creates islands and clusters around her works, while speaking up about issues that currently dominate our newspapers, and are in circulation all around us. Literature and criticism is also drawn in, sometimes through quotes accompanying artworks and at other times as references.

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Liquid Bodies and Morphing Sites: ‘Adorning Shadows’ by Radhika Khimji

Khimji’s work animates a gaze on the body that conforms to, and in tandem, deviates from reductive tropes. Through an exercise in de-sexualisation, the female nude is stripped of its historical weight as the artistic ideal, and re-examined as a body in transit—a revelatory, yet equally opaque script of desires.

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A Moving House or a Landscape

Shreya’s fascination lies at challenging perspectival, perceptive, and pre-conditioned notions in the processes of form making that keeps evolving with a touch of surprise or sublime. Among the rigorous built structures of her works are careful endeavour that results in moments of silence, of calm.

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Mapping Metamorphosis: A Review of Tanmoy Samanta’s ‘The Shape of Home’

In this show it is tempting to ask oneself; what home does Samanta seek? Is it a cocoon? A place to germinate? Or something amorphous, constantly evolving and shape shifting, as explored in a series of ten diptychs, that the show is named after?

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Homeland as a Creative Circuit

Despite some exceptions, the show has appeared as the inner urge of a community to be close to the people next door. Subsequently, this perspective of the post-covid art world becomes a hallmark by looking at their foundation and soil. The concept of home itself can be seen as an essential visual metaphor of many works.

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Fragmented Manuscript

Unlike Baldwin’s white man Waswo’s protagonist is not a conqueror. He is a refugee. Modelled on Waswo, he realises his privileges and differences, also cherishes the hospitality he enjoys and laments the difficulties he had faced to establish a career, political expression and free expression of desires.

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Reflecting on the Self and the City

Chagani is emotional as he narrates how the city of Lahore with its historic red brick architecture has given him everything from the fulfilment of his goals to inspiration for art making. His site of discourse may appear to be a homage to the city of Lahore but the choice of material and meticulous making and production of his works call for a much more nuanced understanding of Chagani’s work.

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Books

This issue of TAKE on Art focuses on the production and circulation of printed books, particularly those devoted to the arts of India. A short list of suitable books in any one genre is fraught with the danger of personal subjectivity. With that as a given, my central premise has been on identifying seminal books across a wide gamut of topics that shed new light on the various disciplines of India’s arts.

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TAKE Books: Editor's Note

Why Books?

The Weight of Time

Rock by Rock

Phaalgun sudi 9 samvat 2078

Chittaprosad, A Retrospective

Botanical Drawings

Cock, Indian Firework Art

Molly Emma Aitken, The Intelligence of Tradition in Rajput Court Painting'

Maps of Delhi

A Manifesto for Impermanence

Deccan Traverses, The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain & Soak, Mumbai in an Estuary

Bhimayana as a Dwelling

Two Books for a Past, Present and a Future

Cartography of Bombay Cinema

Indian Tiles, Architectural Ceramics from Sultanate and Mughal India and Pakistan

Subhash Parihar on the Indo-Islamic Architecture of Punjab, India

Mutable, Ceramic and Clay Art in India Since 1947

With Great Truth & Regard, Tapping the Past

Wondrous Love and the Great Mughal Book

TAKE Editions: The Reflection on Critical Art Vocabulary Laced to Economy of the Art Market

For Everyone Archives their Photographs: Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan

A Moving House or a Landscape

Mapping Metamorphosis: A review of Tanmoy Samanta’s ‘The Shape of Home’

Silences and Speaking Out Loud: Varunika Saraf’s ‘Caput Mortuum’

Homeland as a Creative Circuit

Liquid Bodies and Morphing Sites: ‘Adorning Shadows’ by Radhika Khimji

Undeciphered

‘All Canaries Bear Watching’: The Pharmakon of Left Curatorialism?

Immigrants of Culture and Nature

An Ode to Afterlife: A Review of Jayasri Burman’s ‘River of Faith’

A Timeless Line

Beyond the Frame: Exploring Contemporary Textile Art with Uthra Rajgopal

Conversations with the Self and the Moon

20th Century Indian Art: Modern, Post-Independence, Contemporary

Bangalore’s Lalbagh: A Chronicle of the Garden and the City

Vivan Sundaram is not a Photographer or Why Vivan Sundaram Returns to Photography

Shahidul Alam, The Tide Will Turn

Reconceiving Genre: Art Documents For The Twentfirst Century

Shilpa Gupta: Drawing in the Dark

Interview with Murti Ahuja

Fly on the Wall

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TAKE Features

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Undeciphered

‘Epigraphica Indica’ pulls the viewer inward, and is a powerful reminder of the complexities of culture, identity, and belonging – and everything we take for granted in this contemporary, virtually driven world.

Read More
feature
Review

Homeland as a Creative Circuit

Despite some exceptions, the show has appeared as the inner urge of a community to be close to the people next door. Subsequently, this perspective of the post-covid art world becomes a hallmark by looking at their foundation and soil. The concept of home itself can be seen as an essential visual metaphor of many works.

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