November 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Many of our winged friends did grace us with their presence… peacocks, pigeons and crows.. they were all part of the installation along with hundreds of paper lotuses in various sizes…
The use of Chabootra and Antique Traditional Darwaza(Doors and Gates) is symbolic to life in and around the old city creating the social fabric- well integrated which was safe in the walled city with various Darwaza’s built along the city. The Chabootra(Bird Feeder) is an intrinsic feature of Ahmedabad community dwellings where people gather for various daily chores as well evening chit chats, thus keeping the harmony within the community healthy and well informed.
The story goes that a long time ago the 13 gates of the walled ahmedabad city were locked each night and the keys given to the Nagarsheth. One night a Muslim Dwarpal or gatekeeper saw a woman trying to leave the city .. it was Laxmi, the godess of wealth and prosperity. He tried to stop her and when she said she waned to leave the city he told her that he would go get the keys to the gate .. he made her promise that she would not step out of the city until he returnd. She gave him her word. he went and got the keys from the nagarsheth’s house but was sad that she would leave .. he would not let that happen .. he took his own life and Godess Laxmi still dwells within the city .. she never left because the gatekeeper did’nt return .. he sacrificed his life for the prosperity of the city , so that it would always prosper and grow.
Something about this story must be true… Ahmedabad is the fastest growing city in india today and it’s people and business continues to thrive. The installation touched on this aspect of the city ..It’s growth and journey from being a small hamlet called ashavali on the banks of the sabarmati ruled by a bhil king to what it is today.
· A Fine Line · Ahmedabad Heritage Cell · Alliance Francaise, Ahmedabad · Amit Ambalal’s gallery and Haveli · Anart Foundation · Archer · Banyan Art · British Council Division · Darpana / Natarani · Upasana school of Performing Arts/Gujarat University · Five Issues/Gopika Jadeja · House of MG, Ahmedabad · Huteesing Visual Art Centre · Kanoria Centre for Arts · Lemongrasshopper · Max Mueller/ Goethe Institute · MIRIAD, Manchester · Paulomi Lalbhai Studio · PLATYPUS · Pro-Helvetia · Sheth C N College of Fine Arts · Nazariya
October 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
ASHAVALI TO AHEMEDABAD
A journey from the time when the city was a tiny settlement known as Ashavali on the east of the river Sabarmati led by a Bhil king, then a city thriving and growing under the rule of Karandev and being named Karnavati to being the great sultanate of Ahmed Shah : Ahmedabad. Dynamically transforming itself by the time; today it is the sixth largest and fastest growing city in India. A unique city that has a strong sense of community living and an uncanny sense of business with its thriving textile industry travelling the industrial era, earned the title Manchester of the east. This sense gave way to many faiths to coexist emerging into a unique social fabric and thus made the place more diverse yet uniting itself with a pulsating fresh, modern vibe yet holds its traditions dear, where one is free to choose the pace at which to live.
With every reign leaving a trace of shadow in its own way on the city, remarkable being the Sultanate of Ahmed Shah by its architecture evident till day are living examples of cultural mélange. The fervor being carried not only in its visual pattern, appeal but the people coming into its lap are touched and adapt well to its offerings later only contributing greatly to itself.
A city that is flourishing since 600 years and has an amazing life pattern. We take you on a quick nostalgic flashback through all that is Ahmedabad. A journey through the city’s trials and triumphs!
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The International Tile Project Launch.
Exhibition and An Installation by us.
Collaborative art work.
|An installation using projectors|
|the installation taking shape..|
|the many angels of surfaces that will act as canvas when the three projectors simultaneously project onto it.|
|just before show time ..|
We(Arpit, Margee, Riddhi & devi: from studio verve) were invited for the launch of the tile project at kanoria on the 27th of this month,
The tile project had artists from all over the world work on specific tile sizes and set up a permanent display in a select few locations. Our work was added to a wall built specially for the event. An exhibition and various installations by the artists working were on display at the kanoria centre for arts, there were a lot of art enthusiasts who turned up for the evening , there was a garb ; as navratri or the folk dance festival of Gujarat was around the corner ..We had an idea for the installation and we came up with a concept that we can all relate to. The idea was to show that art is inspired from and in return, inspires our daily lives…
The concept : a story can be narrated in a million ways. this installation does just that. a story is viewed from different angles. a work of art is various colours ,layers of texture, a mix of the art and the artist himself ,creating a thing of everlasting beauty .Some images last forever while some fade away . we live in parallel worlds: the conscious and the subconscious. our country too is diverse and rich in culture where facets of life varied as they are come together .the clips you see are from the streets of India running parallel with the art work and artists that were , artists that are and artists that will be…
title : art and life juxtaposed
medium: thermocol sheets, nylon strings, 3 projectors & bricks
the clips comprised of the city life , eminent artists and their work along with a few clips shot at our studio while we were at work. the clips, starting at different times were then projected onto the surfaces from different angles, one image in totality was never repeated due to the time lapse between the projected images.