Sparsha – Art exhibition in Bochum

IMAG4575Sparsha (Sanskrit “touch”) is an art exhibit at the Kunstmuseum Bochum. You find works from a variety of artists and time periods with relations to India. These cultural productions are exhibited on two floors. You find works of Shweta Bhattad, Anita Dube, Chitra Ganesh, Sunil Gawde, Subodh Gupta, Subodh Kerkar, Mahirwan Mamtani, Monali Meher, Pushpamala N., Amit Pasricha, Tejal Shah, Viveek Sharma, Sudarshan Shetty, Mithu Sen, L.N. Tallur, and Thukral & Tagra. Sparsha is part of a series of exhibitions that discusses the interaction of religion and art. Currently it puts hinduism in India at the centre. The exhibition traces the presence of archaic rituals in the works of contemporary artists. Focus is on the aspect of performance, the media selected accordingly: photography, video, installation and performance. These are set into relation to pieces of art that date back to years B.C. Two art works stayed with me the most: * Photography by Pushpamala N. Pushpamala N.’s photography series “The Native Types” has herself at the centre of historic images and is highly engaging. It challenges the passer-by to reflect on who has portrayed whom in what way and why. * Painting and Video by Thukral and Tagra Thukral and Tagra’s work makes use of video and painting. “Inquisitive Minds” presents ‘Punjabi Baroque’, houses that are built  higher and more decorative particularly with money that young people send back to their families. The artists show water tanks that can be found on the roof tops of houses in Beas, Punjab. They appear in all forms and sizes, such as in the shape of a football or a feathery bird. I appreciate the mix of contemporary and ancient art as well as their  conceptional and spacial relation. However, what is missing is at least a  hint at the fact that there are way more religions in India that are also very present in daily life and art. Check out the exhibit. IMAG4577

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