Photo gallery: A walk through the India Art Fair 2014
At the sixth edition of the India Art Fair, there were probably half as many photographers as there were makeshift art galleries from different parts of the world. For a photographer, a visit to an art fair of a global scale can be awe-inspiring, overwhelming and baffling at the same time.
As I walked through the many stalls in the sprawling grounds of a south Delhi suburb, I asked myself a question: how do I capture someone else’s story, one that is already etched on a canvas or an installation?
One of the most intriguing works was by Narendra Yadav – ‘That original may also be a reflection’. Portraits were hung upside down on a wall, with a mirror in the centre that also reflected upside down. Next to it was a dark room. You walk in by yourself. Stand in the centre. A mirror rolls out and you see eight reflections of your self. The display stays for a few seconds and you’re left wondering how long this would last.
The four-day art festival features some 1,000 artists in a custom-made tent spread over an area of 20,000 square metres. Since the first one in 2008, it has become one of South Asia’s leading art fairs.
Neha Kirpal, founder and director of the India Art Fair, told Reuters in an interview that Christie’s debut auction in Mumbai in December had been a “booster shot” for the art fair this year.
“In the next five years, I see India can develop into a really strong, important art centre,” Kirpal said.
Narendra Yadav, ‘The original may also be a reflection‘
George K, ‘Still life and joie de vivre, adjunct memory’
Vivek Vilasini, Housing Dreams, 2011
Hyung Koo Kang, oil on canvas, 2012
Katrin Fridriks, abstract expressionism
Jagannath Panda, Wizard of the Wasteland, 2014
Rameshwar Broota, oil on canvas, scraped with blade, 2013
Paresh Maity, oil on canvas, 2014
K S Radhakrishnan, bronze sculpture, 2013
Jean Luc Moerman
Ravinder Reddy, bas relief sculpture bronze, 2011
(Left) Miramontes, Bronze sculpture, 2013; Donadini, wrinkled canvas, 2014
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