A Room to Pray
The Guild Art Gallery is proud to present T. V. Santhosh’s solo
exhibition titled ‘A Room to Pray’ in collaboration with Avanthay
Contemporary, Zurich at Zurich. T V. Santhosh has acquired a
major presence in the Indian and International art scene over the
last decade. T.V. Santhosh’s recent sculptural installation from
his show ‘Countdown’ was shown at ‘Passage to India’ in the Frank
Cohen collection at Initial Access. Some of his prominent museum
shows are ‘Aftershock’ at
Sainsbury Centre, Contemporary Art Norwich, England in 2007 and
’Continuity and Transformation’ Museum show promoted by
Provincia di Milano, Italy.
In the present suite of works – Santhosh presents a sculptural
installation titled ‘A Room to Pray’ - a poignant and enigmatic
work that touches ones inner core and deals with the history of
violence , implications of terror and its inherent complexities
involved. His works pose questions at recent political issues of
hate theories and belief systems that problematize the notions of
progress and its side effects. He constructed a room with walls
out of hundreds of bones and the floor with LED panels that looks
like a burning carpet which reads a touching story of a victim of
violence .For him this is a room where one is constantly reminded
of errors the humanity committed throughout the history. It is a
room for one to pray not for oneself but for the others, for the
whole humanity. Santhosh’s concept for this show is in the form of
a poem penned by him.
Mercy (Concept note)
A vision wretched enough
To enter deep into your mundane existence,
Sending a chilling shiver through the nerves.
A revelation of a war torn past
And terror infested present collide.
Your nimble feet
Touches the land of land mines.
There blooms not lotus,
But flames and screams of innocents.
A vision of your sacred blood and flesh
Makes you more vulnerable…timid.
Your prophecies went cutting across,
Wailing…all the way through.
The future, not an end to your worries
May be just an apparition of your hounding dreams.
Are you a pessimist?
You stupid, don’t hurt my eyes!
A cluster of bones.
Will all those souls come back
And ask for it once again to pay back the debts?
Huge debts that rips your heart apart.
Piles of curses,
For the errors the history accumulated.
Look into your target who cries for your mercy.
It is just the same at both sides of the barbed wires.
When will you stop,
Before the God himself intervenes?
I have made a room for you to pray.
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