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Akar Prakar Exhibits Jayashree Chakravarty: Feeling the Pulse (in the pandemic year)

March 11, 2022

Jayashree Chakravarty, Pulsating, 2020-2021, acrylic, oil, audiotape, plant bark, paper and synthetic adhesive on canvas

Jayashree Chakravarty: Feeling the Pulse (in the pandemic year)
Akar Prakar

Online exhibition, March 15-April 15

On March 15th Akar Prakar will debut their newest online exhibition Jayashree Chakravarty: Feeling the Pulse (in the pandemic year). As explained by Roobina Karode, director and chief curator of KNMA, "Feeling the pulse and sensing all is well has become a preoccupation emphasized more than ever before, with disruptions and disaster that have drawn us to witness sudden, inexplicable loss, extreme vulnerability and anxiety all around. Jayashree has been seeking recuperative energies through her art-making, using grass and roots, seeds and mud, imagining sproutings of a new life from within the fertile tending of her canvas."

Jayashree Chakravarty, Soaring, 2021, acrylic, oil, paper, audiotape, seeds, synthetic adhesive, shell flakes on canvas

Jayashree Chakravarty, who was born in 1956 and now lives in Kolkata, studied first at Visva Bharati, amidst the sprawling natural environs of Santiniketan, and then at the Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University, Baroda, where she was exposed to an urban sensibility. From 1993-95, she was artist-in-residence at Aix en Provence, where she was influenced in the formative years of her practice by the French movement Supports/Surfaces, especially the work of Claude Viallat. Inventing her own creative techniques, using organic material and varied kinds of paper, her installations in the form of paper scrolls remain unique in their conceptions and execution.

Founded in 2004 by Reena and Abhijit Lath, Akar Prakar traces its roots to a family of Indian modern and contemporary art collectors, spanning three generations. Engaging in transcultural histories through collaborations with international museums and curators, Akar Prakar has created a space for indigenous representations from Indian modern and contemporary artists. Operating between its two galleries, in Kolkata and New Delhi, and participating in shows and projects throughout the world, Akar Prakar curates narratives drawn from the subcontinent’s modern and contemporary art movements. Recently, they have expanded their curatorial focus to include emerging and historical narratives of Southeast Asian art and culture.

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