Indore: Four artworks selected for  Kochi Biennale-2018

Making Indore stand out in the country’s art world, four artworks of final year BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and former MFA (Master of Fine Arts) students of Government Fine Arts College have been selected for Kochi Student Biennale-2018. The Biennale gives stage to BFA (final) students from all over India in the art exhibition. Working for about three months for the selection, students took inspiration from their personal life and surroundings.  From increasing noise and pollution to depression, the artworks depicted issues that affect life. Following is the details about students and their artworks as shared by their mentor Gunjan Laddha.

Beating Depression
Producing a video about affect of depression, Meena Pathak and Namrata Najan showed different phases of the problem. From simply being sad to taking extreme steps like committing suicide, all the phases were highlighted. Meena had suffered depression a couple of years back. “I came out of that phase with the help of my brother, so essentially I tried to depict the importance of relatives in the video relatives,” she said. She had 7 revisions of the video before the final one was accepted by the selection team.

Ode to environment
Saloni Bakliwal, Aditya Chadar, Mrityunjaya Punyasi and Diksha Kalra have prepared an artwork representing the condition of environment today. Their artwork has four coffins. While the first three show destruction to environment like deforestation, the last one has a mirror depicting near extinction of humans. Students urged people to consider their actions that harm environment and their probable end.

Loneliness prevails in crowds
Jyoti Singh, Raja Khatri and Manisha Bisht represented the increasing population and equally increasing distances between people. Their artwork is backed by noises from crowded places in Indore like Rajwada. The artwork is titled Solidarity Mob. Students shared their personal experiences along side the artwork talking about lack of good friends and real-life communication in their lives.

Cleaning Rajwada, reviving History
Anoj Kumar, Praveena Jain, Ankitaj Jaiswal, Lucky Jaiswal, Purnima Yadav and Mishika Sahu prepared a model of Rajwada using broom. Their idea was to quote importance of cleanliness our historical architectures and reviving history. The installation caught attention of selectors because of its clean look and design of Rajwada.

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