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image/carnage 2 at Calicut

// October 30th, 2013 // No Comments » // Cultural Politics

N P Jayan of Indian Express captured us together with elan at Calicut Lalitkala Akademi gallery. 23 Oct 2013.

N P Jayan of Indian Express captured us together with elan at Calicut Lalitkala Akademi gallery. 23 Oct 2013.

The artshow image/carnage 2 featuring the recent works of Ajay Sekher and T Murali was held in Calicut Lalitkala Akademi Art Gallery from October 22 to 27, 2013.  It was the second edition of the group exhibition of paintings that began in Kochi Durbar Hall Art Centre on 18 September 2013.  Prof M K Sanu inaugurated the group show at Kochi.  The second edition at Calicut was meaningful with the support of the people and the media.  All the major dailies from Desabhimani to the Hindu wrote visual reviews and the visual media was also generous in their support.

Students and youth at "image/carnage 2" at Calicut

Students and youth at “image/carnage 2” at Calicut

The show depicts the visibility of violence and fascism in our society that are on the rise after the post Babri and post Mandal and post Gujrat era in India.  Symbolic and material violence and its visual underpinnings are explored and critically represented in the works.  Details and theme note can be seen in the previous report on the first edition at Kochi.

Umar Tharamel, L Thomaskutty, T Murali, V Pratibha and Janaky Sreedhar at image/carnage 2 at Calicut.

Umar Tharamel, L Thomaskutty, T Murali, V Pratibha and Janaky Sreedhar at image/carnage 2 at Calicut.

Friends and well wishers of Malabar were benevolent to come and cooperate with us in this art event of cultural resistance and articulation.  Thanks to all friends and the  media…

Santhosh Manichery and family from Talasery at image/carnage 2 at Calicut.

Santhosh Manichery and family from Talasery at image/carnage 2 at Calicut.

Dr Umar Tharamel lost amidst paintings in image/carnage 2 at Calicut.

Dr Umar Tharamel lost amidst paintings in image/carnage 2 at Calicut.

 

N P Hafis Muhamed in image/carnage 2 @ Calicut.

N P Hafis Muhamed in image/carnage 2 @ Calicut.

Dr M B Manoj and family in image/carnage 2 @ Calicut.

Dr M B Manoj and family in image/carnage 2 @ Calicut.

 

With friends Noushad, Sajna and family in image/carnage 2 at Calicut.

With friends Noushad, Sajna and family in image/carnage 2 at Calicut.

Ajay Sekher delivering Pandit Karupan Memorial Lecture 2013 at Maharaja's College Kochi on 6 Nov 2013.

Ajay Sekher delivering Pandit Karupan Memorial Lecture 2013 at Maharaja’s College Kochi on 6 Nov 2013.

 

Chameleons and Skulls: an Objectives Analysis with Two Russian Scenes – Poem by Anilkumar P V

// October 30th, 2013 // No Comments » // Cultural Politics

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Extensions by Ajay Sekher. Acrylic on Canvas. 2013

Extensions by Ajay Sekher. Acrylic on Canvas. 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For me

The skulls are as intense

As to remind one of Eisenstein films

I don’t know why

Maybe they give you

The infinite possibilities of montage

And now

Let us examine

When they first made their presence

Indeed, it had been before chameleons

How beautiful were they

Radiating like the sun

And later

Due to tectonic movements

They went under, over which grew

Chameleons, the blood suckers

Have you ever traced the taproot of chameleons

They are in the skulls, in the deep

And now

What is their situation

Dark like the Dark Age

With died out eye-embers

Amidst empty bottles and wastes

Waiting for their destiny

Scene 1, or, How Eisenstein failed

Skulls uproot the taproots

Skulls climb up the Odessa steps

One by one, for no one

Skulls are followed by chameleons

Skulls, afraid to death, surrender

 

Scene 2, or, What Tarkovsky Saw

From Solaris, earth reminds us of earth

New is everything, like New York, New Delhi

Long take tapering into a gaze

Blood from the hollow eyes of skulls

Blood from the open mouths of skulls

Blood from the widened eyes of skulls

Blood blackens, earth looks like earth-skulls

October sky pales over us, for ever*

* Please listen to Al Stewart’s “Roads to Moscow”