Niira Radia tapes art exhibit shortlisted for Rs 1 mn Skoda Prize
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Girsh Shahane, art critic, and director ¿ Art for The Skoda Prize said, "The jurors viewed and discussed the 20 shows in the longlist for six hours but in the end they could not narrow the strong field down to three, and decided to include four exhibitions in the shortlist. That indicates the exceptional strength of this year's entries."
Shilpa Gupta's show at Chemould Prescott Road, "Someone Else" is made up of works from different series and made over the past few years. All her works explore ideas of control, individual agency, fear and censorship.
In his show "Nirantara", shown by Banglore's Gallery SKE artist Srinivasa Prasad's has explored idea of home as residence, refuge, physical location, and as the emotional state of seeking a place for solace and comfort.
L N Tallur's show Quintessential presented by Mumbai's Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai) explored through a scientific approach and narrates the artist's theory of "5th dimension". Tallur was on shortlist last year too.
"The four shortlisted artists have a mature engagement with the contemporary world. They represent a broad spectrum of the art practice in India, which involves a reading of history, politics, environment and cultural materials," said Sheela Gowda in a statement.
Previously, the Skoda Prize was won by Mithu Sen (2010) and Navin Thomas (2011) who were given the awards by renowned artists Anish Kapoor and Marc Quinn respectively.
The Prize offers an opportunity for mid-career Indian artists below the age of 45 to showcase their work both within India and globally.
Top-20 artists longlisted for the Prize will showcase their artworks alongside the India Art Fair in Delhi in February 2013 and also be represented in a book. Runners-up are invited to participate in international residencies supported by Prohelvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.