Group exhibition of Indian artists
Villa Boutiques & Restaurant (within ARTBAT FEST 9, Almaty)
08/25 - 09/09/2018
Artists: Yogesh Barve, Amol K Patil, Pisurwo Jitendra Suralkar, Naresh Kumar, Sucheta Ghatge, Ranjeeta Kumari, Prabhakar Kamble, Parul Sinha, Harikrishna Katragadda, Saviya Lopes & Maithili Bawkar, Aman Negi & Ashwam Salokhe, and Pierrick Mouton
Curator: Bayan Shaikh
Project Director: Vladislav Sludskiy
The title of the exhibition is based on a main theme of this year’s ARTBAT FEST (Almaty, Kazakhstan) edition – Water. By attaching Turf element to it, the exhibition is referring to the basic function of the material - filtration of water. Turf naturally absorbs heavy metals and other impurities from it. The exhibition here plays a role of an “arena of exchange”, a term introduced by the French curator Nicolas Bourriaud, or an open dialogue between two very different cities – Almaty and Mumbai. The artists in Turf Water recreate Indian realities in an attempt to find an unreliable and almost non-existent balance between the problems that surround water and solutions for it. Turf Water is a contemplation over relationship of man and nature, darkened by uncertain catastrophe, pressurized by disasters and forces we cannot control. (Or can we?) The exhibition is trying to depict a universe in which water would be used as a political instrument in the context of modern India and broadly – the world. It is a story of abandonment, racial, class and religious discrimination, as well as the division of sex and sexuality. Some of the artworks in the exhibition were selected for their connection to the theme of Water, pollution, and dogmas, we blindly follow. Other works made reference to daily life of Dalits, their problems, for whom water has been one of the reasons for caste discrimination, as it is happening right now in the state of Kerala, India. A common thread throughout was the way in which these artists demonstrate an active social engagement in discussions of contemporary India. Turf Water is a peculiar form of realism, which emerges from an interest in archaic traditions and contemporary practices. It is hoped that Turf Water here can begin and continue the discourse and transformation for the better future.