The thirteenth edition of the India Art Fair will be open on April 28 and run until May 1 in New Delhi. The VIP preview of artworks will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, and will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. This Art Fair is a great opportunity to discover modern and contemporary art in South Asia. Over 70 leading exhibitors from around the world will participate in the exhibition of this Art Fair that covers 12000 square meters. Several local artists will be exhibiting their works as well as international artists who rarely display their work in India. This art show tries to provide a platform to experience the cultural history of the region as well as innovations of the contemporary era.
The India Art Fair 2022 includes five distinct sections:
- The galleries with local and international curators that display artworks by a broad range of artists.
- Solo shows of artists
- Institutions that introduce local and international pioneer museums and art foundations.
- A platform for representing the artworks by emerging South Asian artists
- Outdoor Art Projects that allow the artists to display large-scale interactive installations.
People who do not have the opportunity to see the works in person in India can also follow the daily activities of this art fair through the website "www.indiaartfair.in/programme". We will go over some aspects of this art show briefly in what follows.
. Aakriti Art Gallery in Kolkata: This gallery was founded in 2005 and since then, has always tried to show collections of leading modern and contemporary artworks. Located in Kolkata, Aakriti Gallery has a huge online art store to sell artworks as well as exhibitions and workshops, art tours, and art seminars to engage audiences and collectors.
. Aicon Art Gallery in New York: This New York-based gallery presents modern and contemporary artworks from South Asia, the Middle East, and diaspora artists to show their aesthetic vision on a global scale. Along with managing solo shows, the gallery seeks to manage group shows that link modern and contemporary art.
. Anant Art Gallery in Delhi: Founded in 2003, the gallery aims to exhibit imaginary and distinguished art by South Asian and Indian contemporary artists. Holding exhibitions, art residencies, and participation in art fairs are all parts of this gallery's structured and dynamic program.
Among a variety of works, there is a striking piece by an artist named Faiza Hasan displayed at this art fair; a BMW iX car whose body and roof have been transformed into the artist's canvas. She is an artist from Hyderabad, India, and talks about her artwork called "Suno":
"I imagined community as a way to speak about sustainability. When it comes to sustainability, it's important to acknowledge the stories of different people that we encounter and who are also stakeholders in this process. When I'm talking about people coming together, I'm also talking about hoping together, imagining together, safeguarding together, and also listening to each other and our needs, when we talk about sustainability."
The biggest challenge for Faiza Hassan was imagining a three-dimensional image of the result of a work that was conceived in two dimensions. She also makes portraits of people and prints of Urdu words on dark backgrounds, perched on the roof of the car in the middle of a full moon with stars in the background. She has chosen specific words in Urdu to draw on the car. These Urdu words spell out "suno" or "to listen", "umeed" or "to hope", "tasawur" or to "imagine", "nigehbaan" or "to safeguard". She tells about portraits:
"A lot of people that I have portrayed in this design are people that I know, people that I have worked with, and people whose work I admire."
The BMW iX car design has been chosen for the final implementation of the artwork because of its immutability and durability, which remain unchanged throughout its lifecycle. These features have made this car a canvas for the artist to imagine the future of the next generation. Babak Haghi, Farbod Elkaei, Pouya Aryanpour, Kambiz Sabri, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, and Katayoun Karami are the Iranian artists whose artworks will be shown at this event.