Curator: Gargi Seth
Participating Artists: Ambalika Chitkara | Anjolie Ela Menon | Arpana Caur | Asit Patnaik | Avijit Roy | Biman B Das | Kota Neelima | Neeraj Gupta | Niren Sengupta | Rini Dhumal | Satish Gujral | Seema Kohli | Shruti Chandra | Siddharth | Vasundhara Tewari
Mahatma Gandhi’s An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth involved deep, ruthless introspection to ensure that the mind’s innermost journey is completely harmonious with the realization of the oneness of the self with God and the universe, beyond the trappings of the ego and the corporeal. The natural outcome of such a truthful relationship with the Divine is appropriate social conduct. Gandhi’s ideals have withstood the test of time through many generations. In fact, his principles are even more relevant today, as seekers of truth strive to reinvent global society into one that courageously acknowledges our varied pasts and fosters an inclusive social fabric. In 2019, India is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. It is fitting that we rediscover his inspirational approach to the pursuit of truth, particularly in the context of religion and practice: for humanity, religion is the most elemental and eternal quest for and relationship with the ultimate truth. Experiments With Truth brings together works by several of the most celebrated Indian artists and a number of promising young talents. The exhibition assembles a confluence of ideas and ideals relevant to global society: assertions of heritage and hopes, inner journeys, and experiments with fundamental truths expressed through contemporary Indian art. The exhibition aspires to be an island within the larger context of the 2019 Jerusalem Biennale. The works offer direct or indirect statements of spiritual beliefs and human tribulations and hopes, or depict reflections on the ultimate truth, imbued with wonder and irony. Some works depict the persona of Gandhi. Each work reflects humanity’s experiments with truth and, in the larger context of the Biennale, its eternal striving for God.
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