Show me the money

Written by Garima Pant | Updated: Aug 9 2010, 04:41am hrs
Money, on everybody's mind, is also the theme for Arushi arts' annual art affair, the Harvest festival. Titled Paisa Paisa Money Money, the theme will showcase experimental art works by newer talent from India, as well as overseas. In its 11th year, the Harvest festival is showcasing Indian masters and other established art veterans in the first part. Payal Kapoor, director, Arushi Arts, believes that the idea behind the festival has always been to promote Indian contemporary art and to show emerging trends in contemporary art. Every year we show artists to watch out for and to invest in those we feel are the future investments, says Kapoor.

But why this theme Kapoor believes that through these artworks, artists are trying to show money as a necessity, as well as about money symbolising and being associated with things like love, lust, greed and politics. There has been too much talk about money because of recession and as an issue it has become an integral part of our lives. And artists will be dealing with this aspect through video, installations, photography and other modern art forms, says Kapoor. International artists from Paris, Switzerland, China and Korea and America will also be participating in the festival.

But won't this theme overshadow the first part of the exhibition on Indian art I don't agree. Indian art is coming out on its own, as being depicted by the first part of our show. There will always be a synergy between the masters and the upcoming artists. So we promote contemporary art along with experimental art. The old cannot live without the new. And that is the only reason why the exhibition will be divided into two parts under two different curators at two separate locations. The exhibition is on at Gallery Mall, MG Road, till August 22.

The exhibition has participation from more than 80 artists from all over India. The festival provides a platform to the young and upcoming artists to showcase their talent next to the masters. The event also serves as a platform to showcase forms of art that could gain importance and be the next big thing. This year, tribal art is being focused upon. Miniatures in tribal art will be sought after in the near future. And that is why we have incorporated these in this edition of our festival, says Kapoor.

Paisa Paisa Money Money, the theme for the second part of the festival, will also have sculptures as a part of the exhibits, introduced this year. Sculptor Venkat Bothsa, whose art work is 12 ft high and has a woman sitting on top of a Re one coin, feels that money is only a medium for him and nothing else. Money is nothing more than my sweat and stored energy, says Bothsa. What catches the eye are the various depictions and interpretations of money produced by the various artists, like Vivek Vilasini's interpretation of the new rupee symbol, the zero rupee note by Parag Tendal or the money boats in a money lake by Saptarshi Naskar. With so much money all around, the works have been priced at Rs 50,000 onwards.