Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi organised an Art Walk with Vibha Galhotra at Punjab Kala Bhawan in Chandigarh on Wednesday. The Art Exhibiton was a part of Dr MS Randhawa Art and Literature Utsav 2019 that has been on since 25 th January and will be up till 9 th February. Students from Government College of Art, Chandigarh were present at the event. Vibha Galhotra is an Indian conceptual artiste who works on largescale installations, sculptures, drawings, films that explore themes of ecological and environmental concerns. Her work Climacteric was showcased in the exhibiton which the artist herself walked her audience through. Her art was heavily based on climatic changes and its impact on life. Through her work she wanted to convey how humans have exploited and misused our resources, whether it is land or water, to an extent where turning back has become necessary. Many of her works, namely Remains, Mathan and Elements were displayed in the exhibition
She researched on the depleting quality of water in Yamuna river and directed a short film called ‘Manthan’. She is critical to the way concrete or cement is being overly used in construction and capitalisation which in turn has deteriorated our ecological system. She very beautifully installed a poem by Chinki Sinha about displacement of humans and how the aspect of construction has left them homeless. Vibha was highly appreciative of Le Corbusier’s work on Chandigarh as she said his plan had a balance between concrete construction and open forested area. Le Corbusier is a Swiss-French architect, who designed the city in 1950-60s. Vibha Galhotra talked to the students about art and its techniques. She expressed how an artist should know the concepts thoroughly and needs to be highly observant. She believes that techniques can be taught as long as concepts are clear in the artists mind. She said, “Art comes from within. She urged the students to find their own truths and to keep learning every day. Art should always convey a message, she added. She urged the women present to make artwork about the hardships the women have to face daily for it would question the wrong doing towards them. Diwan Manna, president of the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, advised the students to makes responsible artwork and be observational of current changes in socio- economic aspects as artwork that questions the ongoing wrong doing is highly appreciated.
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