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UNRESOLVED STORIES
T. V. SANTHOSH

Essay by Nancy Adajania
Interview by Baiju Parthan

Softbound  
140 pages with more than 104 colour plates 
Pages with text 28 

Publishers The Guild

Unresolved Stories is a book that covers T.V. Santhosh’s genre of works from 2004 to part of 2007. The book consists of an essay on the artist by Nancy Adajania titled “No Alibis for The Image” which is an analysis of Santhosh’s life, art and world-view, not only in expressions of form and stylistic treatment, but also in deeper questions of moral and political values. 

T. V. Santhosh’s paintings have earned him front-place amongst the generation of Indian artists that emerged during the late 1990’s. His art is attentive to the specific idioms of contemporary global conflict, to the diabolical pact between knowledge and terror and the skewed antagonism between puissant globality and weakened locality. His associations are humanist and metaphysically oriented without being detached from reality and they act as conceptualist devices intended to break down the simple binaries through which we perceive our complex and multi-layered milieu. For Santhosh the city becomes the site and source, presenting concerns around the self and the mass, the space and the environment. The deep cynicism of media derived images is further inverted by his use of photonegative saturation and alludes to his conviction that contemporary life is a precarious balancing act performed between two extreme possibilities: a personal transcendence through creative articulation, and a collective annihilation of humanity through global destruction.

This book is richly illustrated with a number of his oil and water colours that have a velvety cinematic hyperrealism with an emphasis on mystery and sensuousness of folds and highlights. The book irradiates upon a political, ethical and philosophical questioning with a striking materialization of re-invigorated and vigilant history representations, which have emerged as one of the dominant genres of contemporary Indian art in recent years.

Price Rs. 2500/- + postage Rs. 500/- in India

USD 58/- + postage USD 20/-

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