Talwar Gallery is pleased to announce (desi)re, an exhibition expressing the raison d’être of our gallery by bringing together a group of artists that have been introduced by us over the past few years.
desire simmers with passion, is ruled by obsession and driven by purpose. As George Bernard Shaw once remarked, “You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
desi, a Hindi word implying “of one’s own country” and used frequently for “of Indian origin” employed here not just as a subset of desire but also as a curatorial component. The Artists shared origin or “roots” are reflected merely as a single strand in a complex woven fabric that is each artist individually without any overt superficial cultural identification.
The artists featured in this exhibition–A. Balasubramaniam, Zarina Bhimji, Allan deSouza, Subba Ghosh, Sheila Makhijani, Ranjani Shettar, Anjum Singh and Alia Syed–employ a variety of media to translate their unique individual vision with regards to purpose, identity, history and place. Their desires to exceed expectations of locality, of self; to extract purpose and significance from their familiar environs, to create these artists have renegotiated the borders and refuse to singularly site themselves or their work. Their search and their work traverse beyond any simplified categorization based on geography, religion, culture and race.