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It's the season of art fairs all over the world; Indian gallery representatives and artists are there, pushing their art work. We look at the sculptures, canvases and installations that went on display at this year's hot destinations

NEHA CHOKSI
Showed at the Hong Kong International Art Fair, 2008
Untitled (Orange Bonsai)
Photogram on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper
She is known for her performance pieces done in collaboration with Rehan Engineer but Neha Choksi actually made her debut with a set of paintings, which are a critique of the way the British studied and labelled Indian flora and fauna. This mixed media work, Orange Bonsai, appears to be done in a similar vein. Choksi uses the stunted bonsai plant as a metaphor for human beings'
departure from nature. The bonsai is a perfect example of the control that humans are exerting on the natural growth of a plant, the altering of the ecosystem and even genetic engineering. To explore the transient nature of material attachments, she often uses plants, animals and her self as a metaphor for her concerns.  

RIYAS KOMU
Art Affair Dubai,2008, Watching other-world spirits from the garden of Babylon
Wood and mixed media
Komu has always made protest art, from his canvases that began in a photo-realistic mode to his ambitious sculptures made in wood and mixed media. The artist has always held a strong view against violence and poverty fostered by the arms race that still prevails globally. Now, however, he has vaulted himself within a mode of protest akin to an ambush. He talks of the unparalleled greed and madness of our times, the war machines that man has created which will in fact annihilate the species if it is allowed the unchecked rampage that it currently enjoys. The skulls, with their open mouths, are a leitmotif for greed and have precedence in his installation Oils well lets play that showed at Mumbai's Bodhi Art Gallery.

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