OUR LINE IN THE SAND
IAF Parallel Group Art Exhibition at Art Centrix Space, Delhi
Our Line in The Sand, has been inspired by Malafouris’ Material Engagement Theory which states that materiality, the world of things, artefacts, and material signs, affects the way humans have evolved cognitively. The exhibition raises questions about the relationship between an artists’ cognition and their material culture. Both philosophically and artistically, the curatorial proposition is interested in studying material culture, and human experiences and thought processes to fully understand further creative, expressive processes and how both of them are intertwined. The forming of marks as material signs brings about cognition as part of an expressive creative process. In that sense, the challenge would be to imagine and produce knowledge around mark-making activities and how such processes can also be described and understood as ‘epistemic actions’ or calculated thought.
Art Centrix Space launched their one month long exhibition 'Our Line in The Sand', as precursor to their group show at India Art Fair on 21 April. This show was a part of India Art Fair 2022’s IAF Parallel program at Art Centrix Space and is currently available to view till 21 May. The group exhibition 'Our Line in The Sand' is curated by Monica Jain. Our line in The Sand features 40 artworks of 10 artists includung Tehmeena Firdos, Ruchika Singh Wason, Pinaki Ranjan Mohanty, Kundan Mondal, Manish Sharma, Tapas Biswas, Soham Raha, Nityanand Ojha, Siri Devi Khandavilli and Vinod Daroz.
Monica Jain, the curator and the director of Art Centrix Space explains, "My curatorial hypothesis would be that mark-making constitutes a salient point of intersection between matter and memory; one in which the plasticity of the mind becomes entangled with the plasticity (or stability) of material culture. I would propose that the meaning of intentionality in mark making is that of intention in action, that is, intention which is inseparable from the mark making process. Mark-making is essentially a skill and instead of asking ‘what are the marks of’?’ we should be asking ‘what did the marks do?.”
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