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Encounter

An Exhibition of paintings of Veer Munshi
Presented by Art Alive Gallery
1st September 2006 - 14th September 2006
Art Alive Gallery

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Veer Munshi

Veer Munshi

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Born in Srinagar, Kashmir (1955), Veer presently lives and works in Delhi.He acquired his BA from Kashmir University (1976) and BFA (Painting) from M.S.U Baroda (1981). He has held his solo shows, ‘Encounter’ in 2006 by Art Alive Gallery in collaboration with India Habitat Center; also held shows in Mumbai twice in 1995 and 2004; New Delhi in 1992 and 2003; along with showing internationally in Scotland, Australia and Geneva in 1997, 1996 respectively. He has also participated in over 20 group-shows abroad and in India, to mention a few are: ‘Exploring New Paradigms’, at Art Alive, 2005, 11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh; ‘Looking Back Looking Forward’ in Baroda, 2004; ‘Ways of Resistance’ in New Delhi, 2002 and ‘Trembling Images of Kashmir’, in New Delhi, 1993. Munshi has also been designing tableaux for Republic Day parade and was awarded for best-designed tableaux in 1997, 1999 and 2002. He actively participates in workshops, India and Abroad. He has been honored with Krishan Ju Razdan Puruskar by Vichar Manch, New Delhi in 2003; National Award from Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 2002, J&K State Award for painting in 2001. He has received Junior Fellowship from Government of India in 1996-98 and Research Grant Fellowship from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1991-92.


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Encounter - 2006

Encounter - Solo Show of the works of Veer Munshi
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ENCOUNTER
Paintings and Installations by Vee Munshi
By Geeti Sen


Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to
experience. It is the unhealable rift between a human being
and a native place, between the self and its true home;
its essential sadness can never be surmounted.

-- Edward Said, Reflections on Exile, 2001, p. 173.


Exile can become a state of mind: a divide between person and place. For some such as Veer Munshi, exile has been caused by political compulsions, when no options were left for him but to flee the territory. Recreating that place left behind becomes obsessive, to regain a sense of lost territory and an identity lost. Relocated elsewhere, he revisits again and again that paradise lost until it becomes a habitual refuge … But then that ‘rift’ between the self and home becomes the means to recreate anew, a world that breaks all boundaries of place and time.

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