ARTSOME Exhibition

Solo show by Masooma Syed "Sublime West" opens on August 31 at GALLERYSKE, New Delhi, India

Masooma Syed, No Title (detail), 2014, card board, sun board, paint and photograph, 39 x 79 x 34 cm

Masooma Syed's latest body of work, which includes large-scale multimedia drawings on newspaper and cardboard dioramas, exists in the liminal space between fact and fiction. Faces from Fellini's films, Indian classics, old photographs, and Persian miniatures are brought together in fantastical expressions of drama, occluding the sheets of newspaper and alcohol cartons that serve as their background. Headlines of terrorism, financial slowdowns and war-time struggle contest with cinematic images of love and wonder in the spaces of the frame. The result is a farcical exploration of the impermanent and slippery nature of human emotion.

Syed's work combats practices in contemporary art that seek scale, polish and perfection in finished work. Rejecting the cleanness of 'manufactured' art - an insidious reminder of Eurocentric capitalist hegemony- the artist embraces vernacular materials and informality in her theatrical renderings.

The exhibition runs through October 5, 2014.
Venue: Galleryske
Address: Shivam House, 14-F Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110 001
Opening Hours: Open 12 pm to 8 pm, Closed on Tuesdays
Nearest Transport: Rajiv Chowk Metro Station


August 2014