Indian connect at Art Brussels

Updated: 29 April, 2015 11:47 IST | Ashmak Maity |

Abraham George, Shine Shivan and T Venkanna will represent Gallery Maskara at this prestigious showcase of all things art

With the mission of taking on global and multidisciplinary approach to the art of contemporary times, Gallery Maskara, an art gallery from Colaba, has participated in Art Brussels. Art Brussels, a contemporary art fair that is currently taking place at the Brussels Expo, accommodates a jaw-dropping 29,000 visitors over four days.

Because I Am A Wild Animal
Because I Am A Wild Animal by Abraham George

As a responsive curator of art, Abhay Maskara feels the need to focus on emerging art practices and unconstrained artistic expression. Abraham George, Shine Shivan and T Venkanna, the three artists curated by Maskara to present their work at Art Brussels, clarify his objectives.

Abraham George
Abraham George

(M)other Tongue, as the name and the idea behind it goes, questions the relevance of one’s “place” and “language” in a diverse environment. Born in the 1980s and residing in Southern India, the three artists are as similar as dissimilar.

Birth, by T Venkanna

In spite of their geographical proximity and similar age, they are surprisingly different. Not just in language, but in artistic expressions as well.

T Venkanna
T Venkanna

Portraying such diverse dimensions in the heart of Europe, completely out of their usual socio-cultural context, embolden the differences. “It highlights and celebrates the very differences that make both life and art — rich with diversity and meaning,” adds Maskara.

Elizabeth Bathory II
Elizabeth Bathory II by Shine Shivan

The participation of three Indian artists with such diverse connotations in Art Brussels does what Maskara states as the mission statement of the gallery — Exhibit and Promote Art of the Present.

Shine Shivan
Shine Shivan

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First Published: 27 April, 2015 08:10 IST

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