CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE, KALA GHODA, MUMBAI

EVENTS & EXHIBITS

A River Runs Through You

By Meghna Patpatia
Thursday, 8th October TO Sunday, 29th November

the exhibit

An intricate web of interaction connects all life into one vast self-maintaining system. Each part is related to every other part and we are all part of the whole. – Lyall Watson, Supernature

A series of painted drawings that are a reflection of inhabitants on earth synergising and aligning to a notion of being still- an adaptation, alteration to a way of being. The times we live in have brought about a massive standstill to our ability to move. There is a constant interaction with the outer world, an environment that fuels our senses and creates life patterns explored freely. With geological changes and the dystopic times that we live in, this freedom is confined to a limited exposure to diverse terrains. These artworks are inspired by the 17th century Magic Lantern projected slides, containing life forms within them and reflecting an epoch of uncertainty at the inset of the anthropocene.

The engagement of all our senses create an ability to meander into the unknown which has now turned inward. The chaos that has ensued from stillness this time and not from outer exploration has resulted in a burst of inward terrains.

Recognising of the fragile workings of our bloodstreams and not just the rivulets creating patterns for us to traverse upon with a tiny pebble. But instead an immersion into our memories. The memory of the outer environment co-existing, aligning and dispersing or joining. The mystery of the future unknown to us is all a looming question mark.

Each organism now exists separately from the other, forced to introspect they are in a submarine of their memories and aware of their slow/ rapid movements. Communication is now through reflection, reaching into the green meadows of the fecund pastures that once were constantly watered by outer interaction.

Supported by Khoj International Artists’ Association as part of the Khoj Support Grant 2020

the artist

Meghna Patpatia explores the phenomenon of transverse orientation, where all beings are drawn to light in context to changing environmental scapes. She draws creatures and natural forms co-existing and adapting to manmade interventions in dystopic surrounding. The constant witness to changes in our biodiversity and terrain are the living beings we see in her dreamscapes. Elements in repetitive patterns, reflecting and weaving transformative environmental shifts.

You can find more information on Meghna at www.meghnapatpatia.com or on her Instagram.

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