ANIRBAN MITRA’S DEBUT SOLO AT SAKSHI GALLERY, MUMBAI
November 15, 2013
Mitra’s works are gleeful amalgum of tribal art, television adverts and religious imagery all rendered in a hyper-colour palette that borders on the psychedelic. He places his carefully chosen elements in a chaotic but detached cluster, leaving the relationship between two images unclear and ambigious. His quirky compositions thus argue for the existence of a”multiplicity of theoretical standpoints” rather than grand all-encompassing theories.
Mitra’s recent suite, Inspecting the Construction, is populated with multiple characters, vignettes from pop-culture, and anatomical cross-sections of human and animal subjects, all set within the lattice of bamboo construction. As we inspect the bamboo construction which metaphorically represents the structures of society, snails crawling up his surface are seen ironically examining guns, a product of human civilisation. Mitra deals with issues of globalization, consumerism and commercialisation in a satirical and witty fashion, combining the rational with the absurd and erasing boundaries between the high and low forms of art, to offer a kaleidoscopic glimpse of contemporary times.
AnirbanMitra was born in Kolkata (1981). He received his BFA and MFA from Kalabhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. His works has since then been included in important international exhibitions such as Giant Elephant – Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition ay Gong Art Space, Seol, Finding India at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei and Bridging 2 worlds at Menier Gallery, London. Mitra was also invited to participate in the prestigious Glenfiddich Residency in Scotland in 2009.
He lives and works in Hooghly, West Bengal.