For Artwork in Focus we explore individual artworks, critiquing their style and discussing their socio-political context. Today we look at Postcards from Home by Manisha Gera Baswani.
About the Work
Title : Postcards from Home
Artist : Manisha Gera Baswani
Medium : Multimedia
Dimensions : Variable
Storytelling through Art
Post Cards from Home by Manisha Gera Baswani tells a story of 47 artists, from across the border. Baswani documents incidents, anecdotes from their lives and their association with the artist.
On a visit to Lahore for a solo show of her art at Karachi’s Sanat’s Gallery in 2015, what started as an informal clicking of images would later become a full fledged exhibition on its own right. The content was such that it took a life of its own. Over the next years Baswani created a repository of images of artists from India as well as Pakistan. Many of them shared their post partition stories and the project took a turn delving into the difficult space of personal shared histories.
Manisha Gera Baswani was born in New Delhi in 1967, and lives and works Gurugram. She was represented by Gallery Espace and showcased Postcards from Home at India Art Fair 2019 at her booth P 11.
Postcards From Home at India Art Fair 2019
Unlike the Kochi Biennale where her work displayed in scrolls, for the India Art Fair her post cards were displayed in sacks of grain. Grain – that common bond that knows no boundaries, signifying food that is a basic minimum, that nourishment that everyone seeks.
The golden grains of wheat exercise an inexorable pull for the viewer, they stand for that hidden wealth that lies in everybody’s past, of the stories of stories.
According to Baswani, Postcards From Home was meant to be an interactive project. “It was lovely to see visitors from different age groups and sections of society picking up and browsing through the cards on display, each carrying an anecdote or memory narrated by an artist. I had these young kids pulling me aside to ask questions and locals who spent a long hours observing the details of the work. I must admit that it was emotionally overwhelming for me to see the project evoke such love and curiosity. I guess it tugged at people’s hearts!” Says the artist.
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