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The Power of Pink Scream Gallery from London is perennially crowded. There are photographs of personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali against the background of Coca Cola or Pepsi posters, created by Thai pop artist Pakpoom Silaphan. The highlight, however, of booth A5 is Beijing-based contemporary artist Ye Hongxing. Touted as one of the most exciting rising stars of the Chinese contemporary art scene, this is her first display in India.The work at the booth have already been sold out.
Morbid Impressions Walk down the 'A' aisle and it's almost guaranteed that you will not miss it. Propped up on a podium at Mumbai's Gallery Maskara (A2) is a work that evokes multiple emotions. Faridabad-based Shine Shiva's Glimpse of Thirst has many exercising their facial muscles. It's a sculpture, comprising a taxidermy work, of a creature wearing a jacket, with the lower half made of multiple chicken heads. It is studded with dentures and pearls, among other things. "It deals with a hetero-normative way of looking at masculinity. "Shiva subverts the gender roles we see in society," says Abhay Mascara, curatorial director.
Kitchen memories There's a comforting corner at C13's Shrine Empire Gallery. Besides paintings, there is a bright spot with an installation by Anoli Perera, Memory Keeper: The Blue Cupboard. It's a wooden cupboard with a central space in lace that veils a video projection of a pair of hands washing cups. The lower half has tea cups flowing out. A note reads, "I live amidst the comfort of memories, ordinary paraphernalia in which ordinary meals have been cooked and served by many generations."
Nandita Kumar has created a miniature city inside a glass bottle. Complete with roads, buildings and windmills, this projects the cramped surroundings within a
city. At: Lakeeren Art Gallery, A 4