Organised by Gallery Threshold, ‘Mapping Memories: Part Two Painted Travelogues of Bali and Burma’ is the fruition of a project wherein two groups of artists which included Anjolie Ela Menon, Manisha Gera Baswani, and Shanthi Swaroopini travelled to Burma and Bali in 2005 and November 2006 respectively. Upon their return, they proceeded to translate the experience of the trip into paintings.
Painter Manisha Gera Baswani, who went to Bali with one of the groups, talks about the trip and how it connected with her art.
What was the basic idea behind the camp?
We basically roamed around in Bali for about a week. Then, after coming back, we had about 6-7 months to paint on themes inspired by our trip.
How does your painting, The Golden City 2008, which is featured in the exhibition, represent the experience of your trip?
After a trip such as this one, its influence starts seeping into whatever you do. At least that is what happened with me. I painted a series of works and The Golden City is one among them.
As it is, my work is inspired by the Indian ethos and tradition. I found Bali to be, in many respects, an extension of Indian culture. Our mythologies are almost the same. You see these 300-year-old murals by Balinese artists, and besides the obvious commonality of themes, you notice the difference in line and other subtle distinctions. It actually makes your eye more discerning. It is like an extension into another visual language.
How would you rate the experience of travelling with fellow artists on a trip such as this?
For me any journey is as much about the place as the group that one travels with. And it is always inspiring to connect with another artist. To travel, then, with creative individuals and react to the same experiences was a singular opportunity for me.
What do you think of Gallery Threshold’s initiative in organising these trips?
I have tremendous respect for Tunty Chauhan’s (of Gallery Threshold) eye. The thing about these camps she organises is that they are so well thought out. That lends them a certain quality and they feel almost like workshops. For me, it makes for an elevated experience.
The works by artists Anjolie Ela Menon, Amit Ambalal, John Tun Sein, V.Ramesh, Jayshree Chakravarty, Gargi Raina, Amit Ambalal, John Tun Sein, Debraj, Sheila Makhijani, Manisha Gera Baswani, Shanthi Swaroopini, Ted, T.M.Aziz and Vanita Gupta will be on display.
The paintings are for sale. Prices range from Rs30,000 to Rs5 lakh.
21 July—6 August
Threshold Art Gallery Pvt Ltd,
F -213/A, Lado Sarai, New Delhi- 110030