Miläp: a group exhibition of contemporary Indian and British artists

21 Apr 2009 – 14 May 2009

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The BAR Gallery at Willesden Green

London, United Kingdom


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  • 52, 98, 260, 266, 302, 460
  • Jubilee Line to Willesden Green (zone 2)
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Preview: Thursday 23 April, 6-8pm Brent Artists Resource in collaboration with Sarah Pearl Kazi is pleased to present: ‘Miläp' —an Anglo-Indian exhibition celebrating the embrace of commonalities and differences of artists from two countries with a shared past (miläp - from Sanskrit origins meaning ‘embracement'). The styles and techniques may be common among some, but each artist, whether Indian or British, uses diverse expressions. Every artist gets influenced by things unknown to the other which is then communicated creatively and this exhibition showcases these inspirations… inspirations that lead you to question whether these differences ever converge to some universal expression? Whether it's Bombay photographer Apurva Guptay's black and white photographs showing the rich and elite of Bombay at the annual Indian Derby or Pravin Waghmare's drawings of ‘Ganesha', the Hindu elephant god, showing the belief system of the ordinary ‘Bombayite', regardless of class or status. Or closer home, one can see Sheila Fratini's defiance in a painting portraying an armed naked lady, aptly titled ‘Well-behaved women seldom make history' and contrastingly, Benjamin Nazareno's perfect portraits of women posing for the artist. Such are the interesting conversations one comes across when you look at these artists' works. These interactions make you think and question about society, its rules and the pseudo rules we live in. There are no restrictions on size or medium as each artist expresses himself differently and hence should not be limited to a certain dimension. On an artistic level, this exhibition aims to showcase works of artists from different art backgrounds, cultures and beliefs dissolving every man-made boundary. The participating artists have only used their art as an introduction to know each other, leading to a perfect ‘miläp'. This exhibition has been curated by Sarah Pearl Kazi sarah.j.kazi@gmail.com The participating artists are: Apurva Guptay Benjamin Nazareno Hemali Mandalia Liz Maxwell Pravin Waghmare Sachin Kondhalkar Sarah Pearl Kazi Sheila Fratini Somnath Mane Timothy Gatenby Contact Gallery Coordinator: Lorenzo Belenguer Tel: 020 8459 1421 Email: info@brentartistsresource.org.uk Website: www.brentartistsresource.org.uk Getting there: By Tube: Jubilee Line to Willesden Green (zone 2) By bus: No.s - 52, 98, 260, 266, 302, 460 The Gallery The Gallery at Willesden Green is a vibrant community space where new ideas are incubated and encouraged, where emerging and talented artists find a place to display and perform, and where art becomes accessible to everyone in the community.

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