Telling fairy tales of art

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) If you think storytelling is an obsolete art, an upcoming exhibition in the city is an eye opener. Titled ‘Tales of Art’, it unfolds the fascinating world of storytelling in contemporary art and its ability to transcend cultural and social boundaries.

Presented by Great Banyan Art, the exhibition, slated to begin on Wednesday, will showcase around 40 artworks from 15 countries including US, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, China, and Malaysia among others, drawing upon an eclectic mix of emerging contemporary artists.

“‘Tales of Art’ aims to bring together existing and aspiring art collectors of the millennial generation who are setting up their new homes and building their art collection,” said the show’s curator Sonali Batra.

Talking about her work ‘Saccharine Unicorn’, artist Gabriele Sermuksnyte said that she tries to challenge gender stereotypes through her art. “I depict the present day princesses with the help of fairy tales. The women in my works depict decorative bodies, meant for fashion magazines. By this, I draw attention to the commodification of women and gender stereotypes existing in the society,” said the Lithuania-based artist.

For artist Viet Ha Tran, her photographic series “Remembrance of the shattered dreams” captures an ephemeral moment of feminine emotions flowing through the river of time. “My artworks are mostly inspired by a mixture of different elements such as philosophy, classic literature, paintings, music and Persian mystic poetry. I am a classic art lover, most particularly of artists such as Titian, Rembrandt and Rubens but also admire the works of the contemporary Italian photographer Paolo Roversi,” she said.

While South Korea’s Sung Ha Ahn obsesses about found objects, including stubbed cigarettes in ashtrays blown up larger than life, Malaysia’s Ahmad Zakii Anwar, concentrates on photo-realism within urban settings.

Poland’s Agata Zychlinska has a sense of the ‘modern’ and is satirical as an artist in response to works that recount artists from a century ago, though her sensibility belongs to the here and now.

Titled as ‘Rumour Collections’, Netherlands artist Chantel Van Houten’s work talks about emotions. “The pieces that are part of the show are from my recent ‘Rumour’ collection’. Rumours are about the feelings or emotions we get by creating and spreading a rumour. Why do we do this? Do we think is it sound to judge or is it just to make us feel better about ourselves? These questions are central in the rumour collection,” said the artist.

‘Tales of Art’ is on from March 30 to April 4 at 1AQ Art Gallery.

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