The Guild Art
Gallery is pleased to present Ng. Bidyut Singha’s solo show,
'Landscapes from Memory.' Born in 1974, Shillong, Bidyut Singha
studied at St.Anthony’s College in Shillong. He obtained a BFA in
painting from Sir JJ. School of Arts , Mumbai in 2001.
and almost zen-like quality of Ng.Bidyut Singha’s art-works belie his
artistic concerns which are from the shifting political scenario
around himself, extending from the regional to a national and global
level. They hint not only to the unrest in the north-east but also to
the condition of the farmers in India.
The Lotus as
a motif appears in his meticulously executed paper-cuts. Bidyut’s
ancestors, the Ngangam were fishermen who originated near the
Loktak lake in Manipur which brims with lotuses and islands.
The lotus thus becomes a symbol for him of his community, a bridge to
his ancient roots. It is a living practice of the Manipuri people to
cut white cloth and to use them to make flags which are then hung
during festivals. Borrowing from this tradition, replacing white cloth
with white paper he articulates his own memories and personal
also intrigued by postcards in the way they depict only what is
beautiful, what we call, ‘scenic beauty’. The mundane reality remains
untold, concealed. These paper-cuts act as a window to the red-reality
which has a dual meaning, the red symbolic of the vitality and quiet
strength of the hill-people and in complete contrast, it is also
symbolic of failed socialist ideals.
Coming from a
family of Cartographers, (his father worked for the ‘Survey of
India’,) forms the basis for his installation of paper tubes, where we
see an elevation of a landscape. He says,
“I wanted to
create a memory of the hills I’ve left behind.”
art-works allows me to create a parallel reality, to construct a
sensibility other than the one which prevails. I want people to
experience some serenity when they walk into this Utopia of Lotuses
and abstract landscapes.”
Ng.Bidyut Singha’s shows include: 2008, a group show by The Bombay Art
Gallery at Jehangir Nicholson art Gallery, N.C.P.A. He was one of the
first participants of the Peers Project conducted by Khoj in Delhi in
2003. His solo shows include 'Blues' at Birla Academy of Art &
Culture, Mumbai in 2007; 'Breathe' at The East India Company Art
Gallery by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai.