Solo Exhibition by Avijit Dutta at Kalakriti Art Gallery
Life is a deck of cards Solo exhibition by Avijit Dutta
Preview Sunday, 21 August, 2016 at 6.30 pm On view until 6 September, 2016 Timings 11 am - 7 pm
It is how we play the game of life! Whether we win or we lose, it is always about our absolute participation in it. Even if you are the king, the queen, the joker or an ace, fate changes your destiny within seconds, that’s how I as a player have perceived it so far. The winner decides the moves fearlessly and dares to risk with the master stokes with vigor. The deck of cards has played a significant role since time immemorial.
This exhibition intends to describe the various phases of human life. Each of the cards are symbolic quotient following the ups and downs of such life. All the fifty-four individual card(s) depict our common stories of life. Each of them are demarcated phases of life from childhood with its innocence followed by the values, with which we proclaim ourselves to be grown up with the passage of time, with an intention to showcase that would help us to simplify and understand our journey of Life; from a simple to a complex being unintentionally.
The essence of the youth in the past, the nostalgia, prompted me to capture them through the process of painted vintage photographs bounded by the old Victorian frame. The frames for certain remind us of a legacy and nitty-gritty of our bygone eras, led by our forefathers. The deck of cards’ should be seen as the extension, as a continuing journey of Timeless passage’ where the long lost art of letter writing has been taken over by storytelling through the pictures. The message to the society through this exhibition is to respect and preserve the human values which are sadly becoming things of pass6, and certainly should not be the case.