The solo show features artworks by Suman Chandra. For him, the materiality, dangers and risks of coal mines inspire his art practice. The artist comes from a family who have a business in coal, his explorations of coal and coal mines began early in life. Initially, it was the visible topography of coal mines which fueled his artistic efforts but as he explored further and deeper, his explorations ushered him into the human lives intertwined with the mining landscape.
In his paintings, the devouring of ground and the cruelties within are translated into, pictorial landscapes. The political and poetical find perfect synergy in the artist’s paintings. The viewer is put into a false state of peace and contemplation, there are no human figures, in these images, the viewer observes domestic animals like ducks or goats playing, with a door slightly open in the background suggesting an invitation to go inside. To bring this sense into his paintings, Suman Chandra selects traditional motifs from the dying sohrai practice. He also quietly refers to literature, in his paintings, specifically to the poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay. Song: Asato mā Sadgamaya Tamasomā Jyotir Gamaya (lead me from the unreal to the real/lead me from darkness to light).
The exhibition is open on Mondays from 3 PM till 7 PM and on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11 AM till 7 PM.
CIMA Gallery, One Sunny Park Block-B, One Sunny Park, Sunny Towers, 2nd Floor, 43, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, 43, Ashutosh Chowdary Ave, Ballygunge, Kolkata-700019, West Bengal, India.