LN Tallur’s work on display at Hangar for the Passerby at KNMA, Noida
One of the most striking works that greets the eye as soon as you enter the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), Noida is Time Travel by LN Tallur. It creates a sense of deja vu, nudging you to look within the deep recesses of your mind for memories evoked by another work, by another master artist, from a long time ago. After a little cajoling, the mind throws up images of sculptor and painter Ramkinkar Baij’s Santhal Family, the iconic work depicting a large Santhal family moving homes with their belongings. When I speak with Tallur, he informs me that the Santhal Family was indeed the inspiration behind his work, in which he recreates the mould of Baij’s sculpture. “It was an attempt to understand a sculpture through another sculpture,” he says.
“Baij worked with cement. So I decided to work with the same medium to understand the kind of experience he went through. It was a non-verbal language,” elaborates Tallur. Tallur photo scanned the entire sculpture, translated it through 3D technology and created a negative part of it and created a concave area in the mould. “Baij added cement. But I went about it the other way around. I created a block and took cement out of it,” he says.
It is reinterpretations and reconfigurations such as this that form part of the exhibition, Hangar for the Passerby. Artists and collectives such as Tallur, College Backyard, K Ramanujam, Gobbet Society (Santiniketan), Raqs Media Collective, Baroda Fine Arts Fair, CAMP, Bhule Bisre Kalakar Cooperative, Inder Salim and Shantanu Lodh, Astitva Collective, Group 1890, SAHMAT, and more form part of the show. Curator Akansha Rastogi has been working on the idea for the past two years. Through this show, she seeks to explore the idea of the collective—right from an art camp to collaborative practices—from the 1930s to modern times. “It covers a huge terrain,” says Rastogi.
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