12 April, 2021

Between Multiple Worlds

Themes of decay and regeneration find an inventive global idiom

Between Multiple Worlds

INSTALLATIONS. That, in one word, cannot give you the essence of what stole the show at the Ninth triennale. Flagged off in New Delhi this month, albeit without a reconstituted Lalit Kala Akademi, the exhibition was full of surprises. Packed with exhibits by artists from the world over, each striving to drive home a point, be it about pollution or everyday experiences, the endeavour was made possible by three months of toil by the special triennale cell. The works exhibited at three venues ranged from expressionist paintings to pop art to inventive installations.

A powerful assemblage titled 'World Between', conceptualised by Australian artist Simeon Nelson, a la the rites of passage between centuries, is in sync with the end of the millennium concern with decay and regeneration and man's own state within this. A moss-covered pool is enmeshed with plastic bags, rubber toys and other detritus from the streets of Delhi. The stillness of the green carpet is broken by the red and pink of the man-made objects evoking an intermingling of earth...

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