Miläp: Contemporary Indian and British Artists

Miläp: Contemporary Indian and British Artists

21 April – 14 May  2009


ARTISTS:  Apurva Guptay    Benjamin Nazareno    Hemali Mandalia    Liz Maxwell     Pravin Waghmare        Sachin Kondhalkar      Sarah Pearl Kazi    Sheila Fratini     Somnath Mane     Timothy Gatenby                         Curated by Sarah Pearl Kazi  



Brent Artists Resource in collaboration with Sarah Pearl Kazi is pleased to present: ‘Miläp’ –an Anglo-Indian exhibition celebrating the embrace of commonalities and differences of artists from two countries with a shared past (miläp – from Sanskrit origins meaning ‘embracement’).
The styles and techniq ues may be common among some, but each artist, whether Indian or British, uses diverse expressions. Every artist gets influenced by things unknown to the other which is then communicated creatively and this exhibition showcases these inspirations… inspirations that lead you to question whether these differences ever converge to some universal expression?
Whether it’s Bombay photographer Apurva Guptay’s black and white photographs showing the rich and elite of Bombay at the annual Indian Derby or Pravin Waghmare’s drawings of ‘Ganesha’, the Hindu elephant god, showing the belief system of the ordinary ‘Bombayite’, regardless of class or status. Or closer home, one can see Sheila Fratini’s defiance in a painting portraying an armed naked lady, aptly titled ‘Well-behaved women seldom make history’ and contrastingly, Liz Maxwell’s perfect portrait of a woman in ‘Sophie’, sitting in her fine jewellery posing for the artist. Benjamin Nazareno’s perfect portraits of women posing for the artist.
Such are the interesting conversations one comes across when you look at these artists’ works. These interactions make you think and question about society, its rules and the pseudo rules we live in. There are no restrictions on size or medium as each artist expresses himself differently and hence should not be limited to a certain dimension.
On an artistic level, this exhibition aims to showcase works of artists from different art backgrounds, cultures and beliefs dissolving every man-made boundary. The participating artists have only used their art as an introduction to know each other, leading to a perfect ‘miläp’.

Sheila Fratini

Sarah Pearl Kazi

Supported by the London Borough of Brent


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