TECHNOLOGY AND ART COME TOGETHER AT KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART

The new show ‘Cynical Love: Life in Everyday’ will showcase works of 18 young contemporary Indian artists for the first time in India

New Delhi, 27 January, 2012: The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida today announced the launch of a brand new show titled“Cynical Love: Life in Everyday. The exhibition showcases numerous artworks by 18 young artists for the first time symbolically highlighting the intersection between art and technology, in the backdrop of life in the age of Twitter and Facebook.

The aptly titled show has the participating artists treat consumerism, imploding cities, civilizational conflicts and middle class aspiration with cynicism and irony that is interspersed with deep perception. To give a few instances, Gigi Scaria’s massive steel sculpture embedded with apartment buildings configures time and space as an hour glass. Gauri Gill’s photo document brings to light young village girls first exposure to the camera. Asim Waqif’s interactive large bamboo installation draws attention to the desecration of forests across Asia, and with it, the demise of traditional knowledge in building, medicine and ritual objects.

Speaking at the launch, Kiran Nadar, Chairperson of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art said, “KNMA has stepped into its second year and it gives us immense pleasure to launch Cynical Love: Life in Everyday for art lovers with a conscience, the ability to interpret the extraordinary and also acknowledge the unconventional idea of modernity of life. Cynical Love brings together young artists within the museum framework for the first time in India. ”

Gayatri Sinha, Curator of Cynical Love: Life in Everyday said, “I would like to congratulate KNMA on the successful launch of ‘Cynical Love’ – a platform to bring forth some outstanding contributions and unseen work of 18 young artists. Every artwork displayed here is a masterpiece and is unique in its own way. Cynical love depicts the outstanding work in new media, sculptural installation, print, photography, video and painting. The artworks have been drawn from different disciplines such as design, architecture, film and animation, lending the exhibition a visual power and material depth.

The participating artists’ are Abhishek Hazra, Abir Karmakar, Aditya Pande, Asim Waqif, B.M. Kamath, Gauri Gill, Gigi Scaria, Lavanya Mani, Mithu Sen, Nandini Valli, Pooja Iranna, Prajakta Pallav Aher, Praneet Soi, Raqs Media Collective, Rohini Devasher, Sarnath Banerjee, Seher Shah, and T. Venkanna.

About Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, launched in January 2010, is India’s first philanthropic museum to create a site for confluence of art and not just collection. KNMA exhibits a collection of artworks that highlight the visual trajectories of contemporary modern and Indian art. An initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, KNMA aims to instill a deep sense of appreciation for contemporary art by making it accessible to everyone in a world class facility.

About Shiv Nadar Foundation

The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a $6.2 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise, with over 88,000 employees across 31 countries. The 35-year-old enterprise, founded in 1976, is one of India's original IT garage start-ups and offers diverse business aligned technology solutions spanning the entire hardware and software spectrum to a focused range of industry verticals.

The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, meritocracy based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide. It is focused on the underdeveloped disciplinary areas in India related to transformational education, creativity and art.

The Shiv Nadar Foundation has set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Building on the experience from successfully running the SSN Institutions, the Foundation has set up the Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in) in a 286 acre campus in Greater Noida. In addition the Foundation runs the VidyaGyan schools (www.vidyagyan.in) in Bulandshahr, Sitapur and upcoming school near Varanasi, a radical social experiment in nurturing leadership from amongst highly gifted rural poor children in Uttar Pradesh. The Foundation is also setting up Shiv Nadar Schools (www.shivnadarschool.edu.in) across India, a K12 initiative aiming to provide education that creates lifelong learners.

Start Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2012
End Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2012