It was proposed to bring in differing visual expressions in a wide range of art forms , on subject and content related to ideas and imagery originating in the COVID 19/ Carona times.
The topics suggested are around stories related to – COVID warriors, Domestic violence, Migration stories, Anxiety and upheaval in lockdown, Hope and aspiration, Environmental issues, Role of Technology and one world in these challenging times .
30 artists comprising Contemporary artists, Photographers, Student and Child artists, Illustrators, Architects , Designers, Folk artists, Caricatures, an Ikebana arrangement and a poem- make an extensive expression of 80 artworks for ‘COVID EXPRESSIONS ‘ .These reflect life in lockdown with its new adaptations in daily living, the change in visuals on the streets. Social, Economic, Environmental shifts as well as the Psychological , Spiritual, Philosophical reflections, contemplations, and meditations – of this unexpected upheaval in human kind s existence all over the globe.
The art works range from paintings in expressive abstraction ,figurative realistic forms , installations, photographic imagery , illustrated graphics , caricatures , folk art renditions , a graphic poem and a floral arrangement . The subject and content are expressive of incidents, symbolic – metaphoric forms , glimpses of anxieties and hope , on the path of an unknown and uncertain future .
The current COVID 19 times are indeed extraordinary, it is showing the mirror in the face of humanity. In the COVID playground equality , oneness and global togetherness is played in satire . Baring to bone existential realities of mankind , ripping open the shimmering veil of modern progress it is bringing home the basic pointers – human fragility, ego and greed . As anxiety, fear and sadness grips the world in the ever-spreading conquer of the tiny speck Carona virus over the world , the earth slowly starts playing softer music of healing and rejuvenation, giving hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Dr .Avani Rao Gandra