For Artwork in Focus we explore individual artworks, critiquing their style and discussing their socio-political context. Today we look at Stored Archive by Sangam Vankhede.
About the Work
Title : Stored Archive
Artist : Sangam Vankhede
Medium : Sandstone & metal
Dimensions : 47 x 39 x 18 in
Sangam Vankhede’s preoccupation stone goes back to his roots. Born in the heritage town of Halol, in Panchmahal, Gujrat Sangam has been exposed to the rich architectural heritage of his surroundings. The cultural wealth that lay there astounded him.
Vankhede completed his Bachelors and Masters from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. During his graduation, Sangam spent time in learning the different techniques to deal with different materials such as metal, stone, wood clay, fiber, amongst others. Sangam found the stone as the most fascinating material, for its long history, its challenges and the fact that it offers immense possibilities to explore.
Stored Archive at India Art Fair
Stone has been a tool for recording history from time immemorial. As it gets etched in memory, so it does in stone. Sculptures and architecture reflect the specific ethos of a time.
Sangam’s work for Art Centrix Gallery for India Art Fair is in tandem with their theme “Arikamedu”. Arikamedu, was an ancient Roman trading port, 4 Kms south of Pondicherry on the right bank of Ariyankuppam River. It’s history that dates back to the second century B.C. The port town had several inhibitors – Romans, Cholas and French. All of whom left their mark on this wonderful place.
Sangam’s work bring to life the stories he has heard, about the past. It inspires him to visit these sites and contextualize the stories he had heard. His passion for carving, is based on his experiences and impressions.
His sculptures are miniature versions of heritage sites around the country. Deeply concerned about the fate of the monuments and conservation, the apathy for the lesser known heritage site haunts him. Sangam’s approach towards the visualization of his work, is to dissect the structure and providing an intimate view of the interiors of the monuments. In no way does he intend to re-create or make replicas of the original. His works are his interpretations of the historical marvels in the context of the fast urbanizing pace.
This is his homage to these priceless spaces. This his way to preserve the memory of this important and integral part of our heritage.
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