New Delhi: If you are a diehard lover of art, then you mustn’t miss out on ‘Geography of Solitude: In Between Spaces’, an exhibition by Siddhartha Tawadeyan.
‘Geography of Solitude: In between spaces’ is a multi media show combining photographic diptychs, found footage experimental films and appropriated image installations to illustrate the social narrative of London.
‘Geography of Solitude’ presents an alternative interpretation of urban society in London. Working within the cracks of the city constructs; spaces that foster reflection are uncovered. These spaces have no names; these places are the “In between spaces”.
Realism forms the overriding priority in the work. The images depict societal concerns that take precedence over classical aesthetics. The work acts as a precursor of thinking beyond narratives of origin and initial subjectivities, and to focus on moments that are produced in the expression of a culture through its visual imagery.
‘Geography of Solitude: In Between Spaces’ is created based on personal encounters as a resident in London where solitude frequently played a catalyst; initiating an intimate dialogue with the city that grows more and more familiar during the course of the conversation, and yet it will never be the same, never be known, perpetually surprise, confuse and provoke.
The exhibition is scheduled to take place from 8th December 2012 – 4th January 2013 at Queen’s Gallery, British Council, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place Delhi, 110001.
Born in Kolkata in 1975, Siddhartha Tawadey’s tryst with art began at an early age and post that he has been breathing photography. He studied art and photography at St Martin’s School of Design and at City Lit University in London. Since then, his efforts as a visual artist have taken him to feature his work through various solo exhibitions in India, New York and Singapore. His foray into art and photography preceded him to feature his works in notable international group shows, such as the ‘Contemporary Masters Photography Show’ in London.
The talented artist has been recognized and awarded quite a lot of times and he has to his name some of the very prestigious awards from India and around the world, like in 2010, he won the first prize for ‘Portraiture’ in the ‘International Award for Photographic Art’.
In 2011, Siddhartha completed an artist residency in the ‘School of Visual Art’ in New York City; thereafter Tawadey had a solo exhibition “Transparent Hallucinations” at ‘Bose Pacia Gallery’ in New York that completed 3 successful months of showcasing.
In 2012 Siddhartha had a solo show “Sans Souci” at the ‘Art Plural Gallery’ in Singapore and his experimental film “Empty Life” was screened as part of the show ‘Global Positioning System’ (So you want a Revolution) exhibition at the ‘Westside Gallery’ in New York. The artist lives and works in New Delhi and London.
First Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 16:01