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T V Santosh



VIEW WORKS

SHOWS WITH ART ALIVE GALLERY
Ways of Seeing
 27th August 2005 - 31st August 2005
 Art Alive Gallery



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Statement

One looks at the world through tinted spectacles of news reports, that unroll the stories of massacre of innocents, spectacular highlights of explosions, flux of faces of people who make headlines, spitting the words of hate and arrogance and the kinds of propaganda campaigns that just struggle to hide nothing but truth. It is a strange world exposed and manipulated. A world where, one does not know who is the real enemy, yet ‘terror’ is the common word for both those who resist and those who attack.  It is one’s extended vision that constructs and reshapes the perceptions of the ‘present’. And it is riddled with a number of eternal questions and a couple of ready-made yet elusive solutions, which I am interested in. It is the touch and smell of the ‘present’ I am dealing with in my works, in a process to find a solution, where the praxis of language becomes one with the perceptions of reality. More recently, I have been appropriating in my works the logic of turning a positive photographic image into its negative. Negative images evoke the inverse aspects of the phenomena. As certain elements get deleted and become unrecognizable, they reveal an event’s hidden implications. In the process, the elements of ‘ local’ lose their specificity, attaining instead a universal significance and vice versa. Marking a shift from my earlier paintings and its linguistic concerns, which dealt with a world as seen through the pages of history that tells its stories through the images of metaphors, my recent works deal with devised ‘glimpses’ of much larger, unresolved stories of immediate happenings.This is a news report image, a detail from a photograph of a person who was part of a war protest procession. The little scribble on the palm in Arabic script means ‘No War’. Rather than reinterpret the notion of ‘gaze’ strictly according to John Berger, I see the news report /journalistic image as a window to the world of reality. It is one’s extended vision that constructs and reshapes the perceptions of the ‘turbulent present’.

Biography

Born 1968 in Kerala, T V Santosh did his B.F.A in Sculpture from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 1994 and M.F.A in Sculpture from Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara in 1997. He has held solo shows in New Delhi in 2004, Mumbai in 2003 and Vadodara in 1997. He has participated in many group shows including ‘Are we like this only’ at New Delhi in 2005, ‘Exile and Longing’ and ‘Engendering Images of Women’ at Mumbai in 2002 & 2001, ‘Trans-figuration’ and ‘Creative Space’ at India Habitat Centre, Delhi in 2002, Bangalore in 2003, ‘Highlights’ at Mumbai in 2003, ‘The Dual Path of Indian Art Today’ at Gallerie Muller & Plate, Munchen in 2003. He was awarded Inlaks Foundation (Indian) and Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi scholarships. He has also received National Scholarship from Department of Culture, Ministry of HRD in 1997. He Lives and works in Mumbai.


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