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Yunus Khimani



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Statement

all about almost………….There are two important elements in my work. First, that I have never known when any work ends or gets finished. Secondly, I have moved out of (or am getting away from) the frame.The first point bothered me a lot. I realize that this problem of not knowing when or where to end or not knowing how to finish, makes my works open-ended. It helps me to look at my work afresh every time, to work on or add to it further. So much like life itself. This has brought in the idea of a group (many pieces) of works becoming one work, in which they exist independently as well as together in a group, which can be added upon further. It has the tendency to grow and grow, to any kind or number, a never-ending work.Getting away from the frame initially came as a great liberation from bondage or confinement. This process of subtraction (of the frame) brought with it a process of addition. I started adding many elements (images as well as material) to my work, which earlier would have been unthinkable. They became almost sculptures or installations. But they remained ALMOST. Recently I have started exploring the relation between the frame and the image. The frame rather than a confinement, an impediment, a border, a limitation, is also a statement. In this work I embarked upon a project of doing many small works painting, moulding, and constructing many frames and images. Many of these pieces could have the frame and the image together and many could be separate. They all would be interchangeable, having no definite pattern of coming together or in sub-groups or individually. The arrangement can be worked out any which way one wants it to, resembling a framers shop where the onlooker (spectator) decides what frame should go with what image. In that sense these works are interactive as they invite the onlooker some degree of participation in the coming together of the work.

Biography

Yunus did his B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda in 1974 and 1981 respectively. He was the artist-in-residence at National School of Painting, Sculpture & Graphics LA ESMERALDA, National Centre of Arts, Mexico in 2000, when he also passed his exams in Spanish Language at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He was a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Craft & Design, Jaipur during 2003-2004, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad from 1998-2004, Senior Faculty at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Gandhinagar in 2001-03. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur. Solo shows of his work have been held at Libreria Gandhi, Mexico City, in 2000; at Bombay and Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1998. In the past five years, he has participated in 14 group shows including ‘360’ and ‘Affordable Art’, Ahmedabad; ‘The Banyan City’, ‘The Cupid Connection’ & ‘Voices against violence’ at Baroda; ‘Beyond Vision’, ‘Eleven Visions’, ‘India in Mexico’ at Mexico and ‘Juxtapose’ at Mumbai. He received Government of Mexico scholarship in 2000, Junior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Govt. of India, in 1997-99 and a prize at the Annual Exhibition by Gujarat Lalit Kala Akademi, Ahmedabad in 1978. Yunus lives and works in Jaipur.


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