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Curation for me is to be the invisible particle allowing the psyche of art/artist to reflect: Jesal Thacker

Meet Jesal Thacker, an art curator who studied fine arts. She tells the Pothi team why she feels abstract art needs more attention In the arts, especially fine art, the curator is like a guide and a messenger. A curator helps us understand art better. The reason a curator is our guide is for a …

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‘Beauty, first. Especially in the worst of times’: Pandemic perspective from across the Atlantic

American artist Michael diCanio speaks to Pothi from New York about the impact of Covid-19 on local art, and his thoughts on the resilience of the art community and individual artists amid this crisis His art could be described as rife with subtle mythological, fantastical and religious iconography and Symbolism, sometimes arcane, sometimes nearly dystopic, …

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‘Disruption, destruction go hand in hand for creation’: Vasudevan Akkitham

Artist Vasudevan Akkitham weighs in about disruption in the art practice, and whether contemporary art is truly creating a language of its own As a stalwart of Indian art, a celebrated artist and also a teacher of art for many years, Vasudevan Akkitham has a certain clarity of vision when it comes to concepts within …

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Dust to dust: And the art of GR Iranna in between

Amid his ongoing exhibit, ‘Boodi’, in Delhi, artist GR Iranna holds forth on prominent motifs and materials in his art practice, the democratic nature of art, and his views on the pandemic’s impact Layers are one of the first things that strike you about the art of GR Iranna. His materials — accessible and identifiable …

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Artists are like wifi that is connected to a greater force, says artist Jagannath Panda

Artists Jagannath Panda takes Santanu Borah through his journey as an artists and tells him why the \”secret\” drawings he made at MSU were a disruptive event in his student days when he studied sculpture. This is Part 3 of a five-part series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here The rustic …

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Life, art and the personal in disruption: A conversation with artist Manisha Parekh

Manisha Parekh. Photograph by Ashok Ahuja

Manisha Parekh talks to Santanu Borah about her art practice, and how a continual desire to invent keeps an artist in the thick of the action and contextually relevant. She also dwelt on disruption as a personal idea. This is part 2 of a four part series. You can read Part 1 here. Manisha Parekh …

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Inventing myths and dramas: Inside the colourful world of Elisa Nicolaci’s fabric sculptures

The Pothi team profiles Elisa Nicolaci, whose dramatic sculptures are made of various fabrics, each representing itself as well as qualities like depth and light Sculptor Elisa Nicolaci was born in Palermo in 1977. She trained at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara. During her years at the Academy, she went through the traditional …

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Pop goes the world and India: A talk with artist Ketna Patel

Investigating populism in today’s G-local ‘pop-culture’ – a conversation with pop artist Ketna Patel. By the Pothi team British Indian mixed-media Pop-Artist Ketna Patel is the walking embodiment of what it means to be a hybrid, kaleidoscopic Global citizen today. Born and raised in East-Africa to Gujarati parents, educated in London, before spending 25 years …

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