Sunday, March 1, 2015

Whorled Explorations

It's been a few days since I visited Kochi Muziris Biennale - Whorled Explorations and the effects of it are worth the travel. It was one enjoyable visit and it was peppered up with the companionship of a my dear friend, Nisha Jacob, who accompanied me to the various sites. It was definitely a memorable day with loads of amazing art and fine memories and extravagant feelings :)

I would like to showcase the Durbar Hall which is also a venue of Biennale. I also wanted to see the Hall as I am planning to curate a show most probably by the end of 2016. This is a declaration so that I can realize my closely-held dear dream. I am extremely thankful to Devan Sir  for being there all along with his guidance and help as when I require it :)

I have tried to name the artists and the artworks but haven't got hold of some of them. Anyway it's a real treat for the senses. Enjoyed every bit of it. There was novelty in many of the displays and the range and variety was quite fascinating. One needs at least  3 days to properly visit all the sites and get a glimpse of all the artworks. A day is no where enough! This is just a part of what I could manage to see in a day!

Most Prestigious and Famous Durbar Hall

Gulammohammed Sheikh - Gandhi and Gama
 One of my favourites !

Annie Lai Kuen Wan - Phenomenon of Times

 Daniel Boyd

Julian Charriere - We Are All Astronauts

 Hema Upadhyay - Silence and It's Reflections

Shahpour Pouyan

 When viewed from different angles, one gets different arrangements/patterns.

 Maya Hatoum - Routes AP

William (can't remember the last name) - Video Art

We then took a ferry to Fort Kochi where lies the real show!!! To travel by ferry was also a great experience personally for me coz I am not used to...Look at how beautiful Kochi is :)

On our way, we met some interesting characters :)

As we walked through the lanes of Fort Kochi, we were swarmed by the feel of the old world was as if we had been transported to another era...or so we felt! 

 We bought the ticket from this 'vintage' counter :)

Isn't this a beauty!

Aram Saroyan

 Mona Hatoum - Undercurrent

 Nataraj Sharma - Alternate Shapes for the Earth

 Madhusudhanan - Logic of  Disappearance

 Marie Velardi - Future Perfect, 21st Century

Aji V N

 Susanta Mandal

  Parvathy Nair - The Fluidity of Horizons

 Lavanya Mani - Travellers Tales-Blue Prints

A Lovely Corridor!

 Sudhir Patwardhan
Building a Home;Exploring the World

 Wave II
 Iqra Tanveer - Paradise of Paradox (One of my favourites...Lovely effect!)

 Hew Locke - Sea Power (again a favourite...all done in beads!)

 Missed the name of the artist - an amazing work!

 Xu Bing - Background Story;Endless Xishan Mountain Scenery
(Again...look closely, Fabulous one!)

My lovely travel companion - Nisha Jacob :)
Thanks for being such a great company, Nisha!

Hope you enjoyed the tour :) Thanks for being here and being with me. Please do leave your feedback, would love to know what you feel.

The tickets are priced at 100/- for adults and 50/- for kids.
The Biennale will conclude on 29/03/2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meet An Artist - Fahima Fattah

The artist for this month is a known name particularly in U.A.E art scenario with respect to colourfully attired working women, showcasing an entire clan of them who she says are the "backbone" of the entire family and thereby for an entire society. Her works, I feel whether it's faceless or with a face, imparts a richness and vigour, to the beholder. An artist who feels the sense of loss and brave it all, who tries to fill those spasms through her colorful art trying to heal those scars left back in her country and fellow-citizens. I hope you enjoy her art and please check out her social media platforms to know her more.

So Friends...Let me introduce, the gifted artist...

Fahima Fattah

Deepa: To begin with, tell us something about yourself…your family, background, education etc.

Fahima: I was born in Baghdad, Iraq and graduated from the University of Baghdad. Married and have two girls and a boy. I immigrated with my family to Canada in 1996.


Deepa: How did your journey as an artist begin? Who is your inspiration? Who taught or inspired you to indulge in art?

Fahima: Since childhood, my school teachers and family members started noticing my talent in paintings. It is at this point where I started paying more attention to developing my painting skills.  Through the years I have attended numerous art courses and workshops further developing my skills, and I started exhibiting my art work at numerous galleries in Canada and UAE. 

I was taught by one of the Iraqi artist pioneers, Nazeeha Salim, who encouraged me to take my talent further. I was mainly inspired by the surrounding environment in Iraq (Tribe women, villagers, palm trees etc.).


Deepa: Have you had any formal art education or are you self-taught? What do you have say about it?

Fahima: I have painted all my life, and took it further by studying it seriously in the past ten years.  My art is a mix of self-taught and art education.


Deepa: Your art is rich, vibrant and colourful. Most often you depict your characters faceless or with vague features…What is its significance? Why do you do that? What are your thoughts on it?

Fahima: I have always loved using my imagination and my senses which are expressed, through my colourful paintings. Sometimes I depict my characters faceless or with vague features because I believe that everyone is a closed book and there is a hidden side in each person which can not been seen by others until exposed, which I leave its interpretation to the viewer. 



Deepa: I somehow feel that your art that features so many women in bright attires are somewhere a plea, a prayer to tend to the matters of your beloved country. Is that so? Also your characters are all women…often at work? Is that a conscious one?

Fahima: Yes, because I believe women are half the community and they should be represented in every part of life. In Iraq women have gone through a lot in the past and I view them as the backbone for every Iraqi family, that’s why in many instances I paint them as tall as a palm tree to indicate their glory and generosity.  



Deepa: You have exhibited around U.A.E…You are also a member of ARTE and usually display there too. What is ARTE’s share in helping you to evolve? How has the different exhibitions helped you to enrich your experience? Any memorable incident that you would like to share with us?

Fahima: I exhibited my art work in many Galleries within UAE since 2007. I am also a member of ARTE since 2006 and presented numerous art works through them and made contact with art lovers. ARTE gave me the opportunity to exhibit my work to a vast number of people, and it is a great way to assess crowd response to my paintings and the thoughts behind them. In many cases, I am surprised to see people interpret my paintings in many different ways which gives me even more ideas to paint and express my thoughts in different ways. 


Deepa: Which is your favourite medium both in paints and surface?

Fahima: I prefer to paint using Acrylic, as it dries quickly and changes can be made quickly.



Deepa: Who is your favourite artist(s) and why? Whose work hangs in your living room/studio space?

Fahima: Leonardo da Vinci as he was the jack of all trades, an artist, an inventor amongst other things that inspires many people throughout the past, present and the future.
I have a number of paintings from various artists, but one that I cherish the most, is a painting from Mr. Rafa Al Nasiri, a pioneer artist from Iraq.


Deepa: Is marketing important along with artistic skills? How well do you think that you can market yourself (are you good in marketing your art)? 

Fahima: I think marketing is immensely important as you need a venue to show your work to the world. I try to be very active in social media, and attending various art events where time permits.


Deepa: What are other interests/likes and/or hobbies?

Fahima: I like to travel and explore different cultures. Also I like to swim. 



Deepa: What would be your advice to aspiring artists? Any tip or technique to help them develop?

Fahima: My main advice to new aspiring artists is to always express one’s self, and keep in mind every person has his own taste in art and always be positive and always seek improvement. 



Deepa: Where can my readers reach you? (Blog, website, Twitter, Facebook)

Fahima: I am very active in social media where I have a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts under my name (Fahima Fattah) that I check on regular basis.


Thank you Fahima for taking out your time and sharing your art and thoughts with us in Hues n Shades :)
Wish you the very Best in all your future endeavours!

Pic courtesy: Fahima Fattah

Please do not use/reproduce the content (words as well as images) without the written consent of the artist.