Harpreet (Neena) Mand with MA Collabroative


Please join the artist for the exhibition opening to be launched by Head of School, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Professor Sue Anne Ware: Monday 27 July from 6pm 

Exhibition: Wednesday 22 July to Saturday 8 August 2015

Kaleidoscope of Indian Cities

In a diverse country like India there are multiple interconnected lives that can be observed at any given time in its myriad cities. These lives, through their intersections and juxtaposition, generate multiple images that may seem contrary. In the face of daunting complexity and palimpsest of histories we have sought to steer away from constructing compelling classifications or attempts to fix the essential character of Indian Cities.

This exhibition seeks to present to the viewer, Indian cities and cultures as being different, but nonetheless containing invisible connections that may seem familiar or utterly strange. It takes a nonlinear approach and presents Indian cities with their irreducible differences that need to be understood in their own terms, but still provide invisible connections whether they are cultural, aesthetic or existential, as observed and experienced by four individuals. The exhibition is not presented as an authoritative text but rather as an exploration and field report on things noticed, fleetingly captured and later discovered, remembered and connected, that evoke different realities and places.

 Neel Raga

In Indian classical music a raga is a framework for composing music, the various ragas identified by their structure. Each raga, through its composition and recital, seeks to create a mood or evoke a rasa/flavour/emotional response in the listener/viewer. Neel, the colour blue, is traditionally extracted from the Indigo plant: it is a pigment that has physicality, but its materiality is spiritual, economic and political. Matter and spirit, labour and agency, are linked in different ways in shaping the contemporary Indian environment.

The exhibition Neel Raga explores Indian aesthetics and use of color in the Indian built environment through photographic images of a particular courtyard house in the city of Jodhpur, within the Indian state of Rajasthan. Through the concept of raga and its associated concept rasa it records the evocation of atmospheres during night and day. Neel is indexical of the temporal and cultural forces at work in Indian society that reflects and refracts transmutation in its symbolical meaning.

Please join the artist for the exhibition opening on Monday 27 July at 6pm to be launched by Head of School, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Professor Sue Anne Ware. This event is free, all are welcome and refreshments will be served. 
Your RSVP is appreciated. Phone 02 49215255 or email: gallery@newcastle.edu.au