The Right to Look-II – Selected by Amit Kumar Jain
From the Saloni Doshi Collection
We look forward to seeing you at The Right to Look- curated by Amit Kumar Jain from the Saloni Doshi Collection.
Last year, The Right To Look introduced us to figurative photographs that stood out as intimate images of our very own aspirations, desires, and vulnerabilities. We witnessed an enigmatic yet welcoming aura—from Pushpamala N’s provocative gaze to Nikhil Chopra’s spellbinding staging—that settled around us, meditating equally on our identities and anxieties. Being its literal as well as metaphorical successor, this exhibition, departing from the erstwhile figurative representation, proceeds to further identify an eclectic selection of abstract and landscape photographs that remark on such themes. The images here introspect upon the spaces we occupy (as well as leave behind); they are an artistic performance encroaching upon our carefully constructed lives, making us aware of a photographic lens that poignantly captures places of comfort and disarray. These photographs make us aware of a disquiet where the natural world collides with sprawling concrete urban jungles, speculating on a future where we may disappear—what happens thus to places we leave behind?
The exhibition begins in a nurturing environment with the likes of Ketaki Seth, Raghu Rai, and Dayanita Singh, introducing a romance of surrealism; an escape where the camera locates vivacious spaces revelling in celebration. Although jubilant, there is an inexplicable sensation of dread, an arcane foreboding that becomes glaringly obvious as we proceed ahead towards images by photographers like Priyank Gothwal and Vaibhav Raj Shah. Much-desired landscapes are suspended in limbo as friction gets memorialised in the works of Soham Gupta and Yamini Nayar—we find ourselves staggering into a realm of confusion, dragging our heavy feet against the surface of a wasteland where social and ecological collapse presents us with a landscape of utter loss. A rabbit-hole of unfamiliar surroundings is presented in the works of Avinash Veeraraghavan and Mustafa Khanbhai, a denatured desolation exhibited in Arun Kumar HG and Atul Bhalla’s photographs, among others. By the end however, the exhibition relents over such windswept melancholy: with works by Neha Choksi, Shivanjani Lal, Surekha, and Sunhil Sippy, we are ushered into a landscape of rejuvenation, an environment that reassures hope. Beyond being an artistic invocation of our surroundings, the photographs in The Right To Look-II potently define the very trajectory of our civilisation, acting as an augur–a warning–of where we may be heading. Now is the time to see.
Do you see where we are?
The Audio-Visual Experience for collection The Right To Look – II will lead you through an immersive experience of the collections whether you are in the studios or sitting anywhere in the world.
It will lead you through each studios and the artworks in them. You can listen about the artists and the artworks from the voice of the curator.