Art Exhibition "Shahr E Dilli"

Art Exhibition – Back from France

November 15, 2018 @ 11:00 am – November 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm Asia/Kolkata Timezone
Galerie Romain Rolland
KK Birla Ln, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Art Exhibition - Back from France @ Galerie Romain Rolland | New Delhi | Delhi | India

ART EXHIBITION : BACK FROM FRANCE-Chapter 1 – Aishwarya Sultania: Lapidarian Apologues > 15th to 27th November 2018


ART EXHIBITION : BACK FROM FRANCE-Chapter 1 – Aishwarya Sultania: Lapidarian Apologues
Retelling the India-France-India story With the support of Raza Foundation

The history of Indian art in France has not been explored adequately by Indian or French art historians. With nearly a century of Indian artists visiting France and some of them living and working in the country, it is surprising that there has been no or little research on the impact of French art on Indian artists and vice versa, especially after India’s independence. There has been without doubt no effort to study the image of Indian artist in France and its evolution since the first wave of ‘free’ Indian artists touched the French shores.

With the end of the Second World War, the French government reinstituted the French Government scholarship in India at a time when India has just broken free from the shackles of its colonial masters. Among the first wave of free Indian artists who came to explore French art were artists like K.K Hebbar, Jehangir Sabawala and Ram Kumar. Until then, only the ‘modern’ Hungarian-Indian painter, Amrita Shergil had made a visible impact on the French public memory through her art. Incidentally, her sojourn in Paris took place before she left for India, hence the Indian subjects in her art were yet to manifest themselves in her work.

The re-instatement of the French government scholarship allowed young Indian artists who spoke French to travel and study at Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux-arts, Paris. Indian artists including the modern master, S.H Raza was part of the first wave of Indian artists to study, live and work in Paris after independence. Their reasons behind traveling to Paris were not a matter of chance. Paris was known as the centre of art across the world.

Indian master painters and printmakers such as Sayed Haider Raza, Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar, Akkitham Narayanan,Velu Vishwanadhan, Krishna Reddy, Zarina Hashmi, Nasreen Mohamedi, K.K Hebbar, Jehangir Sabavala and many more visited Paris in the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and discovered new styles, subjects, culture and in the process were deeply affected by French art, the French way of thinking and life through this unique opportunity.

All these influences found their way into their art practice. Despite the decline of the Ecole de Paris in 1960’s and the emergence of the New York School and the subsequently, other art centres around the world, Paris remains even today, in the Indian artist’s imagination, a  veritable epicenter of excellence in art, philosophy, culture and literature.

The ‘Back From France’ program intends to provide a platform to deserving young Indian artists (of less than 40 years of age) who have returned from France after a stay of more than six months. Most of them are scholars from Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux-arts, Paris. Through two solo exhibitions of two different artists every year (in February and November, from 2018-2021), the ‘Back from France’ program shall try to locate the art practice of these young artists in the larger sphere of contemporary Indian art practice and also challenge the existing notions of encounter, reception, influence and impact of the French milieu on Indian art today.

Aishwarya Sultania is a Delhi based multimedia artist. She received a B.A. (Hons), Higher National Diploma, at the School of Performing Arts and Creative Education, London in 2004. In 2006, she completed B.F.A in Painting at the School of Performing Arts and Creative Education, Rai Foundation, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Sardarshahar. In 2008, she completed her post-graduate degree in Painting, Government College of Art, Chandigarh, as a gold medalist. She is also the recipient of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi scholarship for young artist in 2008. Aishwariya was awarded the French embassy scholarship to study at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris in 2010.
She has participated in group shows and projects including “2+2= 5”, Palette Art Gallery, Delhi (2012); “Portes Ouvertes 2010” at l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris (2010); “Project Human Library” at Cité Universitaire Paris (2010); “Empreinte Mon Accent” at Cité Universitaire, Paris (2010), “Indian Red”, Chandigarh (2008); “Crossing Currents”, Punjab University, Chandigarh (2007); “Sanjhe Rang”, Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Delhi (2006) and ‘Tsunami’, School of Arts and Creative Education (SPACE), Delhi (2005).