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Highlights of the second edition of India Art Festival in Mumbai.
On November 28, the second edition of the India Art Festival (IAF) began at MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai with a VIP preview. On a visibly grander scale than the inaugural edition held last year, the festival comprises 175 booths this time. These host 40 galleries and close to 500 artists from around the world.
Man and machine
A massive and somewhat intimidating 'skull' is the first thing that the visitors' eyes are likely to fall on as they enter the venue. A product of Sukant Panigrahy's mind — an art director, often involved in Bollywood projects — this monstrous project is made of objects one would associate with computers and technology. There are keyboards, CDs, computer processors and much more, all of which together attempt to send the message that too much e-waste is being generated.
Another striking installation in the sculpture park is an old, remodelled 56 Fiat Millecento. In 1984, Yusuf Arakkal bought it from a friend in Bangalore. His first car became his prized possession. In 2004, he discarded the engine, gearbox and all other electricals and made a copper sculpture of it — which he then called Arto-mobile.
Aiming for unity
Triumvirate, by Chandrakanth Ganacharya, is made entirely of wooden rods and panels. Best viewed from a distance, the work comprises the faces of three revolutionary men, all of whom worked with the aim of bringing about change in the world, but had contrasting methods of doing so. On the left is Mahatma Gandhi, in the centre Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara and on the right is Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.
Hirst in India
Formerly a London-based gallery, Art Concoction shut shop in October and came to India to set up a gallery in Mumbai. For their show at the festival, the gallery brings with them, among others, three paintings by celebrated and British artist Damien Hirst. The three skulls are his comment on death. Each of these works are limited editions, with 1,000 copies available of first two and only 50 copies available of the third.
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