The towering white-washed walls of Kanoria Centre For Arts Gallery were transformed into an array of architectural art forms on October 27, 2017, as architect Sonal Mithal presented her paintings in the ‘Figuring Archives’ art show. The display continued till October 29, 2017.
Mithal’s effort is of stencilling the academic archives into a vivid art form which lets the viewer engage with research in a more engaging manner. The display combines archival research, material evidence and architectural preservation practice – and uses aesthetics and visual art forms to convey the message. The exhibition is wonderful demonstration of arts’ ability to convey hard data.
Hailing from the eventful streets of Lucknow, UP, Mithal pursued her PhD in landscape architecture from University of Illinois, USA and during her study term especially after she undertook the project of primordial Castle of Surat restoration she realized the profound history of Indian geographies and as a result came up with these exhibition displaying 50 of her artworks on 4 different subjects.
In her words “Being a conservation architect we have to look into archives of a heritage site before starting to work on it. And I didn’t at all wish to keep the history boring with all the reports. My illustration, which I call them as Palimpsest reflects history like a fluid, which is constantly being created in the present.”
We wish her success and look forward to seeing more research on canvas rather than it being fitted into hard bounds.
Photographs : Himanshu Nainani
Jun 14, 2019
Streaming platforms like Netflix have enabled new cinema to emerge in exciting ways and these often turn out to be great alternatives to mainstream cinema. What makes this phenomenon possible? We explore. I’m 10 minutes into watching Nanette on Netflix…
May 31, 2019
Check out some highly rated heritage Airbnb properties in Ahmedabad that are more than a century old but don’t cost a fortune! Enjoy the basic amenities of a hotel while you revel in the local cuisine, colour and hospitality. The…
May 29, 2019
Let’s know Shubigi Rao, who has recently been selected as the curator for the 2020 Kochi Muziris Biennale, for her “exceptional acumen and inventive sensibilities” The format of the art biennale to showcase contemporary visual art, across the world is modeled on…
May 24, 2019
In this piece 64 year old Dr Yatin Desai, shares with CY his inspiring story of how to scale towering mountains with utmost ease and how this life adventure activity can shape human character and health. Chances are high that…