Machines, gadgets, accessories, belongings, instruments – call them what you will, our social life hinges on them. Indeed, they form the connections between human beings today. Predominant in their presence and the space they occupy in our lives, if not in size, these compact commodities are the pivot of our interactions with those of our ilk. The ongoing exhibition by Priyasri Art Gallery revolves around this significance.

Curated by Shruti Ramlingaiah, Hinge gathers under one umbrella four artists – Digbijayee Khatua, Diptej Vernekar, Lokesh Khodke and Roshan Chhabria – whose practices as well as the approaches they have adopted, respond to pivots between social context and personal spaces in their individual representations.

“Literally, a hinge is a minuscule part of a machine or tool – rather, an anchor to unleash a cause for argument and condition. Dialectically, it’s a transforming factor of a situation, twist in a moment, a character or fulcrum of a play, the key that actuates to re-surface between physical lived spaces. Dynamically, this mechanism determines how we navigate and how we perform rituals. The hinge can be a thing as well a method, allowing oscillation between things: to derive possibilities and probe a stereotype, belief, ideal and real, reality and truth,” explains the curator.

After Hinge draws to a close, and following its success at James Ferreira’s colonial-style bungalow in Khotachiwadi, Archival Dialogues moves to Priyasri Art Gallery as part of the Mumbai Gallery Weekend – from January 15, 2018 onwards. Curator Pronoy Chakraborty will conduct a walkthrough of that show on February 4, 2018.

Author : By Maria Louis

ABOUT THE CURATOR Shruti Ramlingaiah is an independent curator and Arts researcher based in Mumbai. Apart from studying Museology at MS University, Baroda, Ramlingaiah holds a Master’s degree in Art History and Visual Studies from Hyderabad University. Her curatorial interest lies in culture in the social context, material culture and spaces. Recently, she facilitated a group-show titled Again and yet again at the Gallery OED (2017). She curated the second edition of Students’ Biennale, an initiative of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016-2017, in collaboration with Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) and Foundation for Indian Art and Education (FIAE). In 2011, she pursued her Master’s in Art History and Visual Studies at Sarojini Naidu School of Communication and Art, University of Hyderabad, where she received a Gold medal with distinction for MA in Art History. She received a scholarship for her research on revitalisation of the traditional art of Warli by Lalit Kala Akademi in 2013-14. She was involved as project assistant in the transliteration of manuscripts at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru in 2013. In her capacity as deputy curator at NGMA, Mumbai (2014-2016), she has organised several exhibitions and outreach programmes.

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