The Red Mountain, a painting by Sonali Laha, marvels at the colossalness of the Universe.

My wife Shubashree Desikan tells me often that the arts, music and films of this world would continue to be “change agents.” She is a writer and artist. As I stepped into the show titled “Land Spaces,” featuring ten young artists at Art Houz in Chennai, I was reminded of the conviction with which Shubashree narrated that sentence. Seeing is believing. G.Vignesh, the artist who curated the show, relates to land as “Mother Earth.”

Ashish Kushwaha’s paintings described scenes of catastrophe and extinction. His artworks brought memories of Chennai Floods 2015 and Kerala Floods 2018 among other images of devastation across the globe. Sonali Laha mapped the stupendousness of the universe. She is amazed by the beauty of Nature and feels dwarfed by its magnificence. Atreyee Bhattacharjee, mostly sculpting in iron and steel, is fascinated by the huge pillars we erect for bigger infrastructure on the land and the sea. She, however, is upset by the deprivations associated with such monumental constructions and “development.”

Dhiraj Pednekar is stunning the audiences by re-imagining the canvas with a large array of trees and broader landscape. He uses phrases such as “Act of Stealing” and “Act of Lynching” to plug into the contemporary world. Samuel Jayachandran depicts lives of women poignantly by a combination of photography, painting and installation. His portrayals are subtle and are sensitive to ground realities. Artworks of Ritwik Mondal, Prabhakar Sahoo, Chandan Roy, G.Vignesh, Anilkumar Govindappa were also lined up in this well-curated exhibition. Foundation of Visual Art and Culture has organized this show of young talents to create newer conversations on arts and society.

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